Joining Forces Research Brownbag

Join us for a monthly gathering of researchers, scholars, students, and staff from across UB who are interested in the issues facing military service members, veterans, and/or military family members. 

This group meets on a monthly basis (usually the last Friday of the month) three times a semester during the academic year. Participants present past or current research (if they wish), discuss recent findings, brainstorm potential research/collaborations, and network. This is a great opportunity to learn about the range of military-related scholarship at UB and to network with others.  Community members are welcome!

UPCOMING - Mark your calendar!

Dates for the upcoming academic year:

Dates for Spring 2018

Friday February 23, 2018

Friday March 30, 2018

Friday April 27, 2018



Friday September 29, 2017

Thomas P. Chacko, MA, MSW, UB School of Social Work, will present: “Attentional Deployment Predicts Posttraumatic Outcomes among Older Veterans: An Eye-tracking Paradigm”

Friday October 27, 2017

Dr. Jen Fillo, Postdoctoral Fellow, UB Research Institute on Addictions, will present: "Deployment-Related Military Sexual Trauma Predicts Heavy Drinking and Alcohol Problems among Male Reserve and National Guard Soldiers"

Thursday November 9, 2017 (co-sponsored by the UB Center for Disability Studies)

Dr. Beth Grinker, Associate Professor, Dept. of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, will present: “The Great War and Modern Veteran Care”  


Friday September 30, 2016

Braden Linn, MCMP, MSW, PhD (cand.), University at Buffalo School of Social Work, will present: "Concurrent PTSD Symptoms and Alcohol Use Problems in Veterans: What Questions Need to be Answered?"

Friday October 28, 2016

Drs. Kelly Patterson and Tom Nochajski, University at Buffalo School of Social Work: "Neighborhood Outcomes of Formally Homeless Veterans Participating in the HUD‐VASH Program."

Friday November 11, 2016 ~ Co-sponsored by UB’s Center for Disability Studies.

Dr. Jean Scandlyn, University of Colorado Denver, Health and Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology, co-author (with Dr. Sarah Hautzinger of Beyond Post-Traumatic Stress: Homefront Struggles with the Wars on Terror): "Moving Toward a Holistic Approach to Active Duty and Veteran Reintegration"

Friday January 27, 2017

Dale Zuchlewski, Executive Director, Homeless Alliance of WNY: "Ending Veteran Homelessness in WNY"

Friday February 24, 2017 

Group discussion of New York Times best-selling author, Sebastian Junger’s brief (136 pages) 2016 book: "Tribe – On Homecoming and Belonging."

Friday March 31, 2017

Cathleen M. Morreale, PhD, Curriculum and Evaluation Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation, UB: "MIA - Veteran-Specific Content in SUNY Professional Graduate Degree Programs"

Friday April 28, 2017 

Bonnie M. Vest, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Primary Care Research Institute, Department of Family Medicine, UB: "Understanding What Family Doctors Need to Treat Veterans and Their Families"


Friday September 25, 2015

Greg Homish, PhD (UB Community Health and Health Behavior): "Findings from Operation: SAFETY (Soldiers and Families Excelling Through the Years)"

Friday October 30, 2015

Adrian Juarez, PhD, (UB School of Nursing): "Veteran LGBTQ overview in a post- Don’t Ask Don’t Tell environment"

Friday November 20, 2015 ~ Co-sponsored by UB’s Center for Disability Studies

Paul Lawrie, PhD (University of Winnipeg, Department of History): "Defective by Definition: Race, Rehabilitation and the Making of the Body Politic in World War One America"

Friday January 29, 2016

Danise Levine (UB School of Architecture):"Inclusive Housing for Wounded Warriors"

Friday February 26, 2016

Dr. Kerry Donnelly, PhD (VA/ UB Psychiatry Dpt.): "Symptoms and Outcomes Associated with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in OEF/OIF Veterans."

Friday March 25, 2016 ~ Co-sponsored by UB's Office of Civic Engagement Public Policy

Tom Nochajski, PhD (UBSSW) and Doyle Pruitt, PhD Doyle K. Pruitt, PhD, LCSW-R (Keuka College): "The impact of a community-based adaptive sports program for disabled veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.

Friday April 29, 2016

Greg Beehler, PhD and colleagues (VA Center for Integrated Healthcare): "Overview of the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare, Snapshots of selected research works in progress"


Friday September 20, 2014

Lisa D. Butler, PhD (UB's School of Social Work): "Welcome and Introductions to the Joining Forces Research Brownbag!"

Friday October 31, 2014

Lisa Butler, PhD:Facilitated discussion of "Smith & True [2014]. Warring Identities"

Friday November 21, 2014 ~ (Cancelled due to Snowmaggedon!)

Friday January 30, 2015 ~ Co-sponsored by UB's Office of Civic Engagement and Public Policy

Joe Ruszala (& Jewell), Tom Nochajski, PhD (UBSSW), & Braden Linn, MCMP, MSW: "Dog Tags Niagara"

Friday February 27, 2015

David Gerber, PhD (UB History Department, Emeritus): Facilitated discussion of "Disabled Veterans and the Wounds of War" (chapter)

Friday March 27, 2015

Bonnie Vest PhD (Family Medicine, UB): Facilitated discussion of "Citizen, Soldier, or Citizen-Soldier? Negotiating Identity in the US National Guard"

Friday April 24, 2015

Lisa Butler, PhD (UBSSW): Facilitated discussion of "Butler et al. (2015) “We don’t complain about little things…”



All Brownbag meetings are held in Parker 214 (South Campus), from 12:15-1:30. Bring your lunch and join us!