VA Connecticut Healthcare System Psychiatrist Wins National VA Award for Academic Excellence

10/18/2011: Linda S. Godleski, MD, VA Connecticut Healthcare System associate chief of staff for education, received the Department of Veterans Affairs highest recognition for academic accomplishments. The David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Educational Excellence was presented to Godleski Oct.18 at a ceremony at VA headquarters in Washington D.C.

Godleski earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University in 1978. She is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale's School of Medicine.

The Worthen Award recognizes a VA employee from any health care discipline who has made contributions of national significance to education in the health professions. This award, which was first issued in 1988, commemorates David M. Worthen, MD, an inspirational leader of VA’s education mission.

As the director of the VA National Telemental Health Center, Godleski has been a leader in the development of the curricula for VA’s national telemental health clinical program that is one of the largest in the world. The national comprehensive educational program is applicable to all mental health trainees and clinicians using a combination of modules such as web-based training, live satellite productions, and evidence-based Internet journal clubs.  In this role, she also implemented and continues to facilitate the expansion of multiple modalities of telemental health, including clinical videoconferencing, in-home messaging, videophones and most recently Internet pilot applications.  As the associate chief of staff for education since 2004, Godleski has led VA Connecticut in strategic planning for new educational initiatives, resulting in an extensive expansion of medical and associated health programs with Yale University and other affiliates.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award named for Dr. Worthen, a renowned leader in medicine and education,” Godleski said. "I am most appreciative of the support I received in expanding the medical educational mission of the VA and its affiliates, especially in developing and implementing national telemedicine training."

"Since the VA has emerged as a leader in cutting-edge educational and  telemedicine programs, it is exciting that it further leads the way in training the next generation of clinicians to deliver telehealth services," she said.

Godleski has served as a consultant to other academic and federal agencies, and to the American Telemedicine Association regarding the development of curricula for optimization of telemedicine. Her work has been presented extensively at VA and academic conferences and published in numerous peer reviewed journals. Godleski previously served on the faculty of medical schools at Vanderbilt, and the Universities of Virginia, Hawaii, and Louisville.