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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Susanna L. Fryer, PhD

Assistant Professor, In Residence
Email: susanna.fryer@ucsf.edu

Dr. Susanna Fryer is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and staff clinical research psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University where she first became excited about clinical neuroscience while participating in the departmental honors research program in Human Biology. She then earned her PhD from SDSU/UCSD's Joint Program in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology, after completing a clinical internship in psychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Dr. Fryer's research applies neuroimaging and neuropsychological methods to study the cognitive features and brain alterations that contribute to psychopathology risk, conversion and early illness course. Her current work emphasizes motivated behaviors, such as reward-seeking, including the impact of reward availability on self-regulation/executive functions, as well as research interests in the brain-based mechanisms of how that risk might be ameliorated through psychotherapeutic intervention. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based techniques, and is particularly interested in how behavioral interventions can be applied to improve aspects of affect and attentional regulation across traditional diagnostic nosologies. She supervises psychology trainees and provides evidence-based mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapies in the San Francisco VA General Psychiatry Outpatient Service.

To see Dr. Fryer on Pub Med, click here.