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May Ask the Expert Dr. Bradley Karlin

Dr. Karlin is National Mental Health Director for Psychotherapy and Psychogeriatrics for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in the VA Central Office, in Washington, DC.  He has national responsibility for developing, implementing, and monitoring mental health programs in evidence-based psychotherapy and psychogeriatrics in the VA health care system.  Dr. Karlin has developed and oversees national initiatives to disseminate and implement evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD, depression, serious mental illness, insomnia, and other conditions, for which he received a Certificate of Commendation from the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  In this capacity, he has developed and guided national competency-based staff training programs in evidence-based psychotherapies.  He has also expanded geriatric mental health programs, with a focus on new models of practice, including the integration of mental health providers into VA Home-Based Primary Care programs.  Dr. Karlin has also worked to transform the environment of care in inpatient mental health settings to incorporate a healing and recovery-oriented focus and helped to develop VHA’s first Mental Health Design Guide.  Dr. Karlin is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Erickson School of Aging Studies, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Dr. Karlin has served as an author or co-author of numerous journal articles, therapist manuals, and book chapters.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Administrator from the VA Section of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Spotlight Award from the Division of Psychologists in Public Service of APA.

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