UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Pugh, Mary Jo

School of Medicine
Epidemiology & Biostatis
(210) 842-3807

Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Research Scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System where she is the Director of the Post-Deployment Research: Epidemiology, Outcomes and Quality group. Dr. Pugh is also on the graduate faculty of Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Her primary research interest is the epidemiology of, and quality of care provided for, individuals with complex comorbidity. Her current research focuses on describing the emergence of psychiatric and physical comorbidities and patterns/typologies of complex comorbidity in Veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts, identification of deployment experiences associated with specific typologies of comorbidity, and outcomes associated with different treatment approaches. Her cutting-edge studies are the only ones to date that merge national health care data from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and are at the forefront of post-deployment health epidemiology.

Dr. Pugh is a Principal Investigator of the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) Epidemiology Study. The CENC is a multi-center collaboration linking premier basic science, translational, and clinical neuroscience researchers from the DoD, VA, academic universities, and private research institutes to effectively address the scientific, diagnostic, and therapeutic ramifications of mTBI and its long-term effects. Her most recent work is linking ?big data? from VA and DoD with clinically rich CENC data to identify individuals at greatest risk for post-traumatic epilepsy.

Dr. Pugh joined the University of Texas Health Science Center from the Boston University of Public Health where she was an Assistant Professor (Health Services Research). She completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research?a VA Health Services Research Center of Excellence. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Education in counseling psychology from Boston University.

Primary research support for Dr. Pugh?s research is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Health Services Research 1I01HX000717-01, 1I01HX001056-01, and 1I01HX001304-01 (Pugh); the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health 1R01AT008422-01 (McGeary), VA Rehabilitation Research and Development I01 CX001246, 1I21RX002060-01 (Pugh); and the Department of Defense W81XWH-13-2-0095-04 (Yaffe).

1/2015 - Present Adjunct Associate Professor University of Texas at San Antonio, Psychology, San Antonio, TX
9/2010 - Present Associate Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Epidemiology & Biostatis, San Antonio, TX
8/2004 - Present Research Health Scientist South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, San Antonio, TX