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Behavioral Health & Social Reintegration

Scientific Program Manager

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Peter Hunt, PhD

Peter Cody Hunt is a rehabilitation scientist with a strong background in epidemiology, biostatistics, research methodology, and data science. He received a Master of Public Health in epidemiology and health services from Boston University and a PhD in rehabilitation science and technology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed a biostatistics fellowship at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the Sepulveda VA in Los Angeles. Peter started his career serving as the Special Assistant to Director of the former National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He then served as a Research Coordinator for two National Spinal Cord Injury Model systems, New England and Pittsburgh, respectively. He joined the VA Long Beach Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center in 2008. While his primary responsibility was to provide senior leadership with data management and analyst support, he also served as the Chair of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System IRB committee, a Principal Investigator on research projects aimed to improve spinal cord injury rehabilitation, the Project Director for a multi-year project aimed to improve access to spinal cord injury specialty care and services for rural Veterans, a grant/journal Reviewer for the VA and DoD, the Chair for the RR&D behavioral health and community reintegration merit review panel, a Mentor for residents and fellows on designing and implementing small scale clinical trials, and an Adjunct Lecturer for research methodology, program evaluation, and grant writing at the Western University of Health Sciences. In 2018, he accepted a position to be the Director of Business Model Development for the VA Allocation Resources Center in Braintree, MA, where he oversaw the daily operation of the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation informatic system. Prior to joining RR&D, he served as the Disparity, Equity, and Inclusion Data Coordinator for the New England Program Evaluation Center of the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

For Inquiries regarding the RR&D Behavioral Health and Social Reintegration Program, please: email: Peter Hunt, PhD