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Daniel M. Blonigen, PhD

Dr. Blonigen is an Investigator and an Associate Director (Mental Health Core) at the Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is also an Affiliate Investigator with the VA National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans, and a Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a former VA Career Development Awardee in Clinical Sciences R&D. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in the State of California.

Dr. Blonigen’s research focuses on testing the effectiveness and implementation of treatments for addiction in Veterans. In particular, he is interested in the use of mobile health tools and peer-based interventions to increase access and engagement in care among justice-involved and homeless Veterans. Other areas of his research expertise and scholarly contributions include links between personality factors and treatment outcomes and the clinical utility of personality assessment in substance use disorder treatment. He is currently leading or co-leading multisite trials of behavioral interventions for justice-involved Veterans in VA homeless programs. He is also currently funded by VA HSR&D to tailor smartphone applications for self-management of unhealthy drinking for Veteran primary care patients and use of Peer Specialists to increase patient engagement with these apps.

In addition to research, Dr. Blonigen is actively involved in mentoring and teaching VA research fellows and Stanford University residents and he oversees the research training program for clinical psychology interns at VA Palo Alto. He is a member of several VA management and oversight committees and has served as a grant reviewer for national and international funders.  He is an invited speaker at national conferences and cyberseminars devoted to substance use and mental health research, and he holds editorial positions for leading addiction, personality, and assessment journals.

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