Dr. Groessl has served as Center Director of the UCSD Health Services Research Center since 1999 and as Executive Director since 2014. He is a Professor of Public Health at UCSD and is a Principal Investigator at the VA San Diego. He received his Clinical Psychology PhD in 1999 from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine/ Health Psychology.
Dr. Groessl conducts research in the general areas of:
- Integrative Medicine
- Behavioral Interventions
- Veterans and military health
- Health-related quality of life
- Patient self-management
His current projects focus on the benefits of yoga for older adults and for military veterans with chronic pain and/or PTSD. He also conducts cost-effectiveness analyses for a variety of different projects.
Currently, he serves as the Yoga Treatment Champion and as the Cost-Effectiveness Lead for a VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) project. The SCEPTER project (CSP# 2009) is national multi-site comparative effectiveness trial of non-pharmacological treatments for chronic low back pain among VA patients. He is also conducting a 2-year VA RR&D-funded pilot RCT of yoga enhanced with mantram practice for veterans with chronic pain and PTSD.