Faculty

Mira Brancu

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Social and Community Psychiatry
School of Medicine

Specialities:

Research: Post-deployment mental health assessment and treatment of Veteran populations; issues related to professional impairment and self-care; suicide risk assessment and intervention. 

Clinical: PTSD treatment and assessment; suicide risk assessment and intervention.

Administrative: Leadership development, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, team development, operational management, program development. 


Education & Training

Ph.D. 2009

Catholic University

Publications

Behavioral and Health Outcomes Associated With Deployment and Nondeployment Acquisition of Traumatic Brain Injury in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.

PMID 29859179
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Chronic Pain, TBI, and PTSD in Military Veterans: A Link to Suicidal Ideation and Violent Impulses?

PMID 29526669
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Interventions That Support or Involve Caregivers or Families of Patients with Traumatic Injury: a Systematic Review.

PMID 29736752
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The Association Between Alcohol Consumption, Lifetime Alcohol Use Disorder, and Psychiatric Distress Among Male and Female Veterans.

PMID 30079875
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Informing Federal Policy on Firearm Restrictions for Veterans with Fiduciaries: Risk Indicators in the Post-Deployment Mental Health Study.

PMID 29797151
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Psychosocial Risk Factors and Other Than Honorable Military Discharge: Providing Healthcare to Previously Ineligible Veterans.

PMID 29547949
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Brain Structural Covariance Network Topology in Remitted Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 29651256
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Does Deployment-Related Military Sexual Assault Interact with Combat Exposure to Predict Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Female Veterans?

PMID 30202245
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Professional Practice Guidelines for Occupationally Mandated Psychological Evaluations

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Sleep quality in returning veterans: The influence of mild traumatic brain injury.

PMID 28703617
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Paternal history of mental illness associated with posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans.

PMID 28710975
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Self-Reported Pain in Male and Female Iraq/Afghanistan-Era Veterans: Associations with Psychiatric Symptoms and Functioning.

PMID 28122941
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The Post-Deployment Mental Health (PDMH) study and repository: A multi-site study of US Afghanistan and Iraq era veterans.

PMID 28656593
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Risk Factors for Concurrent Suicidal Ideation and Violent Impulses in Military Veterans.

PMID 28627921
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Cannabis use disorder and suicide attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans.

PMID 28129565
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UNDERSTANDING HOW OEF/OIF VETERANS CONCEPTUALIZE HEALTH DURING AND AFTER MILITARY SERVICE

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Are There Linguistic Markers of Suicidal Writing That Can Predict the Course of Treatment? A Repeated Measures Longitudinal Analysis.

PMID 26219609
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Sexual revictimization among Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans.

PMID 27149409
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Subthreshold posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analytic review of DSM-IV prevalence and a proposed DSM-5 approach to measurement.

PMID 26390108
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Allopregnanolone Levels Are Inversely Associated with Self-Reported Pain Symptoms in U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan-Era Veterans: Implications for Biomarkers and Therapeutics.

PMID 26176345
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An exploratory pilot investigation of neurosteroids and self-reported pain in female Iraq/Afghanistan-era Veterans.

PMID 27533747
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Fear learning circuitry is biased toward generalization of fear associations in posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 26670285
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Functional correlates of military sexual assault in male veterans.

PMID 26524280
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Mental Health Among Military Personnel and Veterans.

PMID 26946859
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Effect of genetic variation in the nicotinic receptor genes on risk for posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 26184988
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Drug use and childhood-, military- and post-military trauma exposure among women and men veterans.

PMID 25957156
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Associations between sleep difficulties and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in veterans and active duty military personnel of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

PMID 25813984
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Surveying treatment preferences in U.S. Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD symptoms: a step toward veteran-centered care.

PMID 25820339
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Exploratory investigation of biomarker candidates for suicide in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

PMID 25410258
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Subthreshold Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analytic Review of DSM-IV Prevalence and a Proposed DSM-5 Approach to Measurement

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Subthreshold Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analytic Review of DSM-IV Prevalence and a Proposed DSM-5 Approach to Measurement

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Subthreshold Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analytic Review of DSM-IV Prevalence and a Proposed DSM-5 Approach to Measurement

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The factor structure of psychiatric comorbidity among Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans and its relationship to violence, incarceration, suicide attempts, and suicidality.

PMID 25169889
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DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder: factor structure and rates of diagnosis.

PMID 25213835
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No association between RORA polymorphisms and PTSD in two independent samples.

PMID 25048002
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Systematic review of women veterans' mental health.

PMID 25213742
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Examining the factor structure of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) in a post-9/11 U.S. military veteran sample.

PMID 24586090
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Screening for violence risk in military veterans: predictive validity of a brief clinical tool.

PMID 24832765
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The impact of social support on psychological distress for U.S. Afghanistan/Iraq era veterans with PTSD and other psychiatric diagnoses

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The impact of social support on psychological distress for U.S. Afghanistan/Iraq era veterans with PTSD and other psychiatric diagnoses.

PMID 24679515
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Amino acids as biomarker candidates for suicidality in male OEF/OIF Veterans: relevance to NMDA receptor modulation and nitric oxide signaling.

PMID 24806493
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Lifetime major depression and comorbid disorders among current-era women veterans

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The factor structure of psychiatric comorbidity among Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans and its relationship to violence, incarceration, suicide attempts, and suicidality

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Altered resting-state functional connectivity of basolateral and centromedial amygdala complexes in posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 23929546
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Lifetime major depression and comorbid disorders among current-era women veterans.

PMID 24210623
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Alcohol use and trauma exposure among male and female veterans before, during, and after military service

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Alcohol use and trauma exposure among male and female veterans before, during, and after military service.

PMID 24054989
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Effects of chronic mild traumatic brain injury on white matter integrity in iraq and afghanistan war veterans

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Effects of chronic mild traumatic brain injury on white matter integrity in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

PMID 22706988
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Self-reported pain complaints among Afghanistan/Iraq era men and women veterans with comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder.

PMID 23924351
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The Association of Sleep Duration, Mental Health, and Health Risk Behaviors among U.S. Afghanistan/Iraq Era Veterans

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Self-Reported Pain Complaints among Afghanistan/Iraq Era Men and Women Veterans with Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder

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Childhood trauma exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans: implications for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and adult functional social support.

PMID 22633055
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Developing community capacity to treat post-deployment mental health problems: A public health initiative

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Behavioral health conditions among military personnel and veterans: prevalence and best practices for treatment.

PMID 21678693
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Initiatives to improve access to behavioral health services in the Veterans Affairs Health System.

PMID 21678688
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Applying a behavioral epidemiology framework to research phases in child health psychology

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