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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Psychologist Recognized by Veterans County Service Officers Association for Changing Live

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VSO Recognizes VA Psychologist

Ashley Clinton, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), poses with Veteran Service Officer David N. Cantu, Jr. of the Texas Veterans Commission. PHOTO: Quentin Melson, Public Affairs

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
HOUSTON – On February 7, 2012, the Veterans County Service Officers Association of Texas (Harris County) recognized Ashley Clinton, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), for her work with Veterans who served in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Dr. Clinton has changed the lives of so many Veterans in the state of Texas that the Association felt it was only right to recognize her important efforts,” said David N. Cantu, Jr., East Texas Regional Director, Veterans County Service Officers Association of Texas.

To date, the MEDVAMC has enrolled more than 11,500 Veterans from the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq for primary and mental health care.

Clinton is a psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Program - OEF/OIF Team at the MEDVAMC. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and her clinical/research interests include individual therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality assessment, and treatment of OEF/OIF Veterans. She is also an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and a member of the Houston Psychological Association.

“We want each and every Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to know we are here for them,” said Adam C. Walmus, MEDVAMC director. “Dr. Clinton’s effort to care for these heroes is a perfect example of the excellent medical programs available at the VA.”

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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 130,000 Veterans in southeast Texas and provides some of the most complex care within the VA Health Care System. The DeBakey VA employs nearly 3,600 staff and is one of 49 institutions within the prestigious Texas Medical Center, one of the largest health and research centers in the world. The DeBakey VA is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; $26.8 million Research and Development Program; and Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center. The hospital offers sophisticated, cutting-edge technology such as PET/CT imaging, the Evident™ microwave ablation system, a CyberKnife®, a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, a Philips Wide Bore Computed Tomography Simulator, the OR•Control System, the Abiomed Impella 2.5 catheter-based heart pump, and the Sapien heart valve. For more than 50 years, the DeBakey VA has served as the primary teaching facility for our major affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine and operates the largest VA residency program in the nation with 270 residents. Each academic year, more than 2,179 students are trained through 194 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, Richmond, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged almost 1.3 million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2011. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit www.houston.va.gov.