Erik Groessl, PhD

​Executive Director

Dr. Groessl has served as Center Director of the UCSD Health Services Research Center since 1999 and as Executive Director since 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and is a Principal Investigator in the VA San Diego Health Services Research and Development unit.  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
  • Hepatitis C care
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Patient self-management
  • Veterans and military health

His current projects focus on Hepatitis C self-management, Integrated Care models for HCV care, and the benefits of yoga for older adults and for treating chronic low back pain in VA patients.

Currently, he is conducting a 4-year VA-funded randomized trial studying the benefits of yoga for veterans with chronic low back pain.  He also has VA QUERI funding to adapt the HCV self-management program for Internet delivery, thereby increasing access to care. Along with Dr. Sam Ho, he is planning the implementation of the HCV Integrated Care model in the VA Healthcare System.



​Research Study Design and Project Planning

Data Coordination

Data Analytics

Data Dissemination

Health Economics and Medical Decision Making

Health Assessment and Instrumentation

Research Consulting
Health Outcomes

Management Software