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Elisa Borah, Ph.D.


M.S.W., Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work

Ph.D., Social Work
Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin


Elisa V. Borah is a research associate professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Borah conducts research around the development, testing and effective implementation of mental health treatments and social supports for adults and children. Her research focuses on improving mental health treatment access for transition-age youths through better client engagement.

With the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, she works to implement a state program to provide community-based health supports for adults with serious mental illness. Borah is also involved in research to identify effective programming and supports for military members, veterans, spouses and their families. She leads the Veteran Spouse Network, initially funded through an Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, to engage veteran spouses in defining programmatic and research needs to better support veteran families in Texas. She studies how peer support can improve veterans’ and veteran spouses’ quality of life and improve mental health.

She formerly served as lead evaluator of Texas veterans’ mental health services, specifically examining the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network. Borah chairs the annual Military Social Work Conference at UT Austin. During 2010-2014, Borah served as director of research at the Fort Hood site of the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium, a Department of Defense research consortium at UT Health San Antonio.

Professional Affiliations
  • Society for Social Work and Research, 2008-present
  • Society for Implementation Research Collaboration, 2010-present
  • Central Texas Veterans Services Coalition, 2015-present