Dr. Kilbourne is a national expert in implementation science, partnered-oriented research, and translation of clinical quality improvement intervention findings into actionable policy and practice. She has been widely recognized for her research in multisite implementation intervention trials, development and application of large outcomes databases to improve person-centered care, and integrated physical and mental health care strategies. Moreover, Dr. Kilbourne brings to QUERI an extensive working knowledge of VA operations and policy, through her previous national roles as Associate Director of the Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC), and as Director of the VA Homelessness Health Services Research Initiative, in partnership with the National Center on Veteran Homelessness.

In addition, Dr. Kilbourne has initiated several VA studies in priority areas that include mental health, complex chronic illness, health disparities, and women's health. Her research has led to a number of VA national initiatives, including a VA directive on re-engaging Veterans with serious mental illness into care, a health disparities research roadmap, and a mental health patient-aligned care team (PACT) model. She is a prolific author, with more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. Kilbourne also is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the Gerald L. Klerman Research Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

In addition, Dr. Kilbourne is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and is a Senior Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service in Washington D.C. She also serves on several national committees, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Technical Expert Panel on Learning Healthcare System Core Competencies and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Council.

As Director of QUERI, Dr. Kilbourne’s goal is to continue its overall success in implementing evidence-based research into clinical practice that improves the health and healthcare of Veterans