The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI) will present the 2017 and 2018 Awards for Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families today (Nov. 13).
Eight prominent scholars reviewed over 700 scientific articles from each year. Multiple rounds of review yielded the winning articles.
The 2017 selection, Post-9/11 veterans and their partners improve mental health outcomes with a self-directed mobile and web-based wellness training program: A randomized controlled trial, appeared in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
The 2018 selection, How family structures and processes interrelate: The case of adolescent mental health and academic success in military families, appeared in the Journal of Family Issues.
“One of our goals at MFRI is to increase the impact of excellent research, and this award helps strengthen connections between researchers, policy makers and practitioners,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, MFRI director. “We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate the excellent work of these outstanding scholars.”
The 2017 award recipients include:
- Janet Kahn, Ph.D., LMT, University of Vermont
- William Collinge, D., MPH, LCSW, Collinge and Associates, Inc.
- Robert Soltysik, M.S., Optimal Data Analysis, LLC
The 2018 award recipients include:
- Amy Laura Arnold Ph.D. CFLE, ICF
- Mallory Lucier-Greer, Ph.D., Auburn University
- Jay Mancini, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens
- James Ford, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens
- A.S. Wickrama, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens
MFRI established the award in 2015 to recognize the best research on military-connected families. It is awarded to authors of research that combines exceptional rigor with important insights about military and veteran families. Nominations for this award are neither solicited nor accepted. Instead, a panel of top scholars reviews all the published research during the year and then determines the recipient.
MFRI is also pleased to announce the articles that received an honorable mention for each year.
- Performance of DSM-5 persistent complex bereavement disorder criteria in a community sample of bereaved military family members.
- Pathways of risk and resilience: Impact of a family resilience program on active-duty military parents.
- Differential child maltreatment risk across deployment periods of U.S. Army soldiers.
- Associations between prior deployments and marital satisfaction among Army couples.
- Patterns of vulnerabilities and resources in U.S. military families.
- Consequences of PTSD for the work and family quality of life of female and male U.S. Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans.
To learn more about past recipients, visit the MFRI Excellence in Research Award page.
The awards will be presented at a co-hosted event with the Association of the United States Army titled “Building Your Battle Plan to Support Military and Veteran Families.”
The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University conducts research on issues that affect military and veteran families and works to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being. Founded in 2000, MFRI envisions a diverse support community that understands the most pressing needs of military and veteran families. To achieve this, MFRI collaborates to create meaningful solutions for them. This internationally-recognized organization is located at Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
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