Dr. Donna Schuman

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Dr. Donna Schuman, University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Donna L. Schuman, PhD, MSSW, M.Ed.

601 Patterson Office Tower Lexington KY 40506


Donna Schuman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work.  A Tillman Military Scholar alumnus (https://pattillmanfoundation.org/), Dr. Schuman earned a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She holds graduate degrees in social work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Austin and counselor education (M.Ed) from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Her undergraduate degree in psychology is from the University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Schuman has previously worked as a social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense.  With over 20 years of behavioral health practice experience, most of it gained in direct practice with Service Members, Veterans, and their family members, Dr. Schuman studies the psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of war trauma across the life course and within a health disparities framework.  She also investigates the use of technology and biobehavioral distance interventions for behavioral health symptom management.  She is currently serving as a Co-Investigator on an NIH-funded R01 grant through the College of Nursing, Research and Intervention for Cardiovascular Health Heart (RICHH) Program and the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease.  As part of this study, Dr. Schuman will examine the effectiveness of a biobehavioral distance intervention on heart health outcomes in Veteran caregivers.  Dr. Schuman is the Lexington VA Principal Investigator (PI) for a study on the effects of a heart rate variability biofeedback and mobile health intervention on posttraumatic symptoms, and biomarkers of stress and inflammation in Veterans with PTSD.  She is also the PI for a study funded by Happify Health to test the efficacy of a mobile health heart rate variability biofeedback intervention on depression.  She serves on the Lexington Veterans Mental Health Council and is a member of the Lexington VA Eliminating Suicide Work Group.