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John R. McQuaid

John R. McQuaid

San Francisco VA Healthcare System
Acting Chief of Mental Health
San Francisco, CA, USA


John R. McQuaid, Ph.D. is the Acting Chief of the Mental Health Service at the San Francisco VA Health Care System and Vice Chair for Adult Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. McQuaid completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon, and his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. From 1995 to 2009 he served on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and as a staff member at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, moving into the role of Associate Chief of Psychology at the VA in 2004.

Dr. McQuaid’s research has focused on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for psychological and behavioral problems, including dual diagnosis conditions (depression and substance dependence), psychosis, anxiety disorders, high risk sex behaviors, and phantom limb pain.  He is currently a Site Investigator for a VA multi-site study comparing to forms of therapy (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure) for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. McQuaid’s clinical and teaching expertise is in cognitive-behavioral interventions for mood and anxiety disorders. He has directed psychotherapy clinics at the San Diego VA and the San Francisco VA since 1995. Throughout his career he has provided both didactic training and clinical supervision to nursing, psychiatry, psychology and social work trainees and staff in cognitive-behavioral and related interventions. He has also served as a member of VA and APA task forces to establish guidelines for the treatment of depression. Dr. McQuaid is Secretary of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, and formerly served as president of the organization.

Dr. McQuaid is the author of A Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression (2004) and Cognitive-Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia (2016).


John R. McQuaid is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy - A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma, Thursday, July 20, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy - Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy, Thursday, July 20, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy - Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy, Thursday, July 20, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy - Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Understanding PTSD to Improve Legal Advocacy, Thursday, July 20, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs A Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for Advocates: How to Effectively Address PTSD in Matters Involving Veterans and Others Affected by Trauma, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, San Francisco, CA
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