Social Work Professor Continues Military Behavioral Health Research with New Collaborations, Publications
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Social Work Professor Continues Military Behavioral Health Research with New Collaborations, Publications

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Further evaluation of the impacts of civic service on veteran wellbeing by Dr. Karen Lawrence and collaborators have resulted in a new study being recently accepted for publication in the journal, Military Medicine. The study is entitled “Completion of a Veteran-Focused Civic Service Program Improves Health and Psychosocial Outcomes in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a History of Traumatic Brain Injury” so stay tuned for the publication release in the near future. Co-authors include Monica M. Matthieu, PhD, at Saint Louis University School of Social Work and Emma Robertson-Blackmore, PhD, at Halifax Health.

In addition, Dr. Lawrence co-authored another article currently in press with Best Practices in Mental Health. The article by Matthieu, Lawrence, Gould, and Scheinberg reports on “Veterans volunteering: An emerging practice and satisfaction with a civic service program for returning U.S. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Currently, Dr. Lawrence is investigating the impact of civic service on recently returned women veterans and is also extending her studies to examine the impact of trauma across the lifespan with a focus on the interaction of trauma-related symptoms and aging.

Dr. Lawrence will be presenting a peer-reviewed poster presentation entitled Person-Level Characteristics and Differential Impacts on Male and Female OIF/OEF War Veterans Who Completed a Formal Civic Service Program at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Thirty-third Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in November, 2017. This work is the product of a collaboration with Monica Matthieu, PhD, Saint Louis University School of Social Work and Emma Robertson-Blackmore at Halifax Health.

Dr. Lawrence is a member of a research collaborative team who just had a symposium presentation accepted entitled: A systematic review of residual symptoms after empirically supported trauma-focused psychological treatment. This will be presented in a symposium entitled The aftermath of PTSD treatment: Characteristics associated with either residual symptoms or long-term improvement at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Thirty-third Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in November, 2017. The symposium will be chaired by Sadie Larsen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin and lead author and collaborator on the project. Other members of the collaboration include: Aimee Bellmore, PhD, LPC, Assistant Professor of Human Services at Pfeiffer University, Robyn L. Gobin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Pamela L. Holens, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and Maria Pacella, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency, Medicine at University of Pittsburgh.