Vol. 3, Issue 4 | May 2016

The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) has received funding to launch an indepth study assessing the needs of veterans in the Bay Area, particularly the military-to-civilian transition issues facing LGBT veterans. Thanks to support from the Wells Fargo Foundation and Deloitte LLP, the San Francisco Veterans Study will poll 1,000 veterans on such topics as transition challenges, employment, finances, housing, health and access to services. The San Francisco study is the fourth study CIR has conducted of a large urban military population, and the third in California. Read more


A new article in Current Psychiatry Reports by USC School of Social Work Assistant Professors Jeremy Goldbach and Carl Castro reviews the literature on the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members, and offers recommendations for improving LGBT integration into the military. Goldbach and Castro, along with a peer at UCLA, are currently studying LGBT service members' experiences in a Defense Department-funded study. Read more

In 2009, the University of Southern California became the first major research university to offer a military social work option. The USC School of Social work aims to prepare students on the unique challenges facing active-duty military, veterans and their families. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program. Check out some photos from this month's commencement ceremony. See photos

Maria Steenkamp, PhD, a clinical psychologist and research assistant professor at New York University's Department of Psychiatry, visited the USC School of Social Work to discuss the different treatments for military-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Steenkamp provided a review of current interventions, limitations and alternative approaches. Watch presentation


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