National Program Director, Tobacco & Health: Policy and Programs, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs
As Director of the national program office, Tobacco and Health: Policy and Programs, Dr. Kim Hamlett-Berry is responsible for the planning and coordination of smoking and tobacco use cessation programs and tobacco control policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
Since 1999, she has been with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), initially serving as VHA’s first Associate Director for HIV Prevention before accepting the position of national program Director for Tobacco & Health Policy in 2002. For the last 16 years, Dr. Hamlett-Berry has worked on the development of national policies to increase Veterans’ access to evidence-based tobacco use treatment and to increase integration of smoking cessation into routine mental health and substance use disorder care. She has also collaborated with the National Cancer Institute and VHA colleagues to establish a national VA quitline, 1-855-QUIT-VET, and to develop the mHealth initiative to assist Veterans with quitting tobacco use, SmokefreeVET. Dr. Hamlett-Berry also serves on Federal workgroups associated with Department of Health and Human Services tobacco cessation initiatives.
Dr. Hamlett-Berry has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology. Prior to joining VA, she was on the faculty of the University of Virginia Children’s Medical Center and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamlett-Berry was chosen as the 1996-1997 William A. Bailey HIV/AIDS Congressional Science Fellow by the American Psychological Association and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow. Her research areas of interest have included tobacco use treatment in Veteran populations, integration of smoking cessation in mental health care, psychological adjustment of children with chronic medical conditions, and management of distress in pediatric intensive care unit populations.