Videos now available for Thompson Research Award winner and finalists 

Videos are now available from the celebration of the 2021 Barbara Thompson Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award. 

The virtual event, a collaborative effort of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and Military REACH at Auburn University, was held Feb. 15, 2022.  

Visit the YouTube links below to see presentations by the following researchers:  

  • Lead author of the winning paper, Na Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut; 

Lead authors of the finalist papers: 

  • Nastassia Hajal, assistant clinical professor, University of California, Los Angeles; 
  • James D. Lee, graduate research assistant, Portland State University; and 
  • AnnaMarie O’Neill, graduate research assistant, Portland State University. 

MFRI established the research award in 2015 to bring visibility to outstanding new research on military and veteran families; increase the impact of rigorous scientific evidence on programs, policies and practices affecting these families; strengthen connections between researchers and practitioners; and raise awareness of relevant research across many disciplines. 

Read more about our winner and finalists.