Soldier embraces partner

Photo taken by Sgt. Samuel Nasso.

The Joining Forces–UB project is committed to conducting research related to the issues faced by veterans and military family members in our community.

Our Research Mission Statement

 The Joining Forces–UB Research Team seeks to initiate, facilitate, and support research that involves veterans and military families (VMF) in the community and health professionals in training to work with VMF, as well as to promote VMF research across the UB campus and facilitate research efforts that are initiated or inspired by the veteran community or veteran students at UB. 

To this end, members of our team will be available for consultation, connection-making, resource-sharing, and mentoring, and will provide a monthly forum for discussion among UB VMF researchers, a clearing house for information and a repository for research ideas that are consistent with our project’s aims and values, and leadership in achieving these research goals.

The Joining Forces–UB project is committed to conducting meaningful research.

Our research foci:

  • Veterans and military families
  • Community-based
  • Training health professionals to work with veterans and/or military family members
  • Facilitating community-initiated or inspired research
  • Facilitating veteran student-initiated research

Our Research Team

Our team members are dynamic faculty and students who are committed to bettering the lives of veterans and military families through relevent research.

Team members and their areas of research interest

Social Work

Lisa Butler, PhD, Principal Investigator of Joining Forces–UB: Trauma, resilience, and growth; anticipatory trauma symptoms in military family members; identifying the care needs of veterans and their families; trauma, stress, and self-care in MSW clinical training; applications of the trauma-informed framework; dissociative processes; representations of mental illness in film.

  • Thomas Nochajski, PhD: Prevention for alcohol and other drug problems with children, adolescents, adults, veterans, and fa