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I. Magaly Freytes, PhD

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I. Magaly "Maggie" Freytes, PhD, is a Research Health Scientist. Her program of research focuses on developing and evaluating patient/caregiver-centered interventions to maximize Veterans and caregiver outcomes, specifically depression, stress, and quality of life. She joined the VA in 2007 as an Office of Academic Affairs post-doctoral fellow and received training on health services research, specifically on implementation science and health disparities. She has over 10 years of research experience in minority health, education and self-care interventions, qualitative research, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Freytes has received funding from VA RR&D, HSR&D, and VHA operations partners. She has also collaborated on numerous studies including several VA QUERI projects and has conducted several clinical demonstration projects on web-based approaches that provide education and support to caregivers of veterans with dementia. Currently, Dr. Freytes is the PI on an HSR&D funded clinical trial, Spanish Online & Telephone Intervention for Caregivers of Veterans with Stroke, (IIR 15-1171) that tests a problem-solving intervention for Spanish speaking stroke caregivers that is delivered over the telephone and online via the previously developed and nationally available Spanish version of the RESCUE website. She is also part of an interdisciplinary team of CINDRRR investigators conducting an evaluation of an ORH Enterprise Wide Initiative on tele-rehabilitation programs. Dr. Freytes co-leads CINDRR’s Implementation/Dissemination Core and leads the Caregiving program of research in the Veteran Centered Rehabilitation Focus Area. Dr. Freytes is also national investee in the VA Innovation Network where she is currently working on a project, Building Community Partnerships to Enhance Access to Care & Support Services for At-risk Veterans, that brings together VA and community-based champions to enhance and align procedures to identify Veterans at risk for suicide, improve Veterans accessibility and continuity of care, and increase providers’ knowledge of VA and community mental health services.