Sonya Gabrielian, MD, MPH, is a psychiatrist and health services researcher at the VA Greater Los Angeles and an Assistant Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. At the VA, she is an investigator with the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, & Policy (CSHIIP) and the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). She is also an Affiliated Researcher at the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and a current Fellow with the Implementation Research Institute at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Gabrielian’s research interests focus on improving housing retention and community functioning among homeless adults; she has a VA Career Development Award to use implementation approaches to improve housing acquisition and retention for homeless Veterans with serious mental illness. She is also a practicing psychiatrist in the VA’s homeless program.


  1. Gabrielian S, Yuan AH, Andersen RM, Rubenstein LV, & Gelberg L. “VA Health Service Utilization for Homeless and Low-income Veterans: A Spotlight on the VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program in Greater Los Angeles.” Medical Care. May 2014;52(5),454-461.

  2. Gabrielian S, Hamilton AB, Alexandrino A, Hellemann G, Young AS. “’They’re Homeless in a Home:’ Retaining Homeless-Experienced Consumers in Supported Housing.” Psychological Services. 2017 May;14(2):154-166.

  3. Gabrielian S, Young AS, Greenberg J, Bromley E. “Social support and housing transitions among homeless adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.” Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 2016 Aug 22 [Epub ahead of print].


  • Research mentorship or collaboration on health services projects related to homeless adults with mental illness

  • Discussion of VA fellowship options for residents interested in health services research

  • Mentorship for residents interested in clinical careers in community psychiatry