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Our Faculty and Staff

The Joining Forces–UB team is made up of dynamic faculty and staff from the Schools of Social Work and Nursing who are committed to excellence in veteran and military family care.

Portrait of Lisa Butler

Lisa Butler, PhD

Joining Forces–UB Principal Investigator; Associate Professor, School of Social Work

“Developing a comprehensive yet also nuanced understanding of both military culture and individual experience — what veterans have faced, their reactions and responses, and the challenges that they and their families may have in reintegration — is part of being trauma-informed when it comes to serving this population."

Susan Bruce, PhD, RN, ANP-C

Joining Forces–UB Co-PI; Clinical Professor, School of Nursing

"If health care professionals can recognize the impact that a veteran’s service has on the individual as well as the ripple effect to family members, they can better identify issues and intervene. That’s what the Joining Forces–UB project is all about."

Portrait of Brad Linn

Braden Linn, MCMP, MSW

Joining Forces–UB Graduate Research Assistant, School of Social Work

"Research and education have the potential to vastly change the way services are delivered to veterans and military families. Working together, we can improve a variety of health and mental health outcomes for those who have sacrificed for our country."

Portrait of Christine Geiger

Christine Geiger, BSN, RN, MBA

Joining Forces–UB Graduate Research Assistant, School of Nursing

"Recognizing the health care needs of veterans and military families is an integral part of providing compassionate and quality care in our communities."

Collaborating Faculty

We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of faculty that contribute to the project, both from the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work.

School of Nursing

Adrian Juarez, PhD, RN

Mary Ann Meeker, DNS, RN

Patricia Nisbet, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Past Contributors

Nancy Campbell-Heider, PhD, RN, FNP, NP-C, CARN-AP, FAAN- School of Nursing

Janice Feigenbaum, PhD, RN- School of Nursing, retired

Michael Lamparelli, DNP, CRNA


School of Social Work