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Bella Etingen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health and a Research Health Scientist within the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Health Systems Research (HSR) service.  


Dr. Etingen received a BS in Psychology, MA in Applied Social Psychology, and PhD in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Her methodological expertise encompasses mixed-methods research, program evaluation, implementation science, and community and stakeholder engagement.  


Dr. Etingen has over a decade of experience supporting the learning healthcare system through leading and conducting health services and implementation projects within VHA. Her work spans three main focus areas: (1) implementation and evaluation of Whole Health care, (2) implementation and evaluation of connected care technologies, and (3) development of strategies to bolster Veteran engagement in care, with a particular focus on mental health care, including through the development and testing of stakeholder-driven interventions and other promising practices. 


Dr. Etingen is also a passionate educator, with over a decade of experience teaching courses focused on applied research methods, statistics, and psychological theory. 


Graduate School
Loyola University (2024)

Research Interest

  • Implementation Science
  • Patient Engagement In Care
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Quality Improvement
  • Stakeholder-Engaged Methods
  • Veteran Health Care
  • Whole Health Care


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Factors Associated with Veteran Self-Reported Use of Digital Health Devices.
Robinson SA, Shimada SL, Zocchi MS, Etingen B, Smith B, McMahon N, Cutrona SL, Harmon JS, Wilck NR, Hogan TP, J Gen Intern Med 2024 Jan
Dual utilization of Medicare and VA outpatient care among Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders.
Hatch MN, Etingen B, Raad J, Siddiqui S, Stroupe KT, Smith BM, J Spinal Cord Med 2023 Sep 46 5 716-724