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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 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
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • 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.


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