Joining Forces Research Colloquium

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, the March 27th, 2020 Joining Forces Research Colloquium has been cancelled. We will update about April once we know. 

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, discuss recent findings or issues, 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!

Mark your calendar!

2019-2020 Joining Forces-UB Research Colloquium series

All colloquia run 12:15-1:30.  Bring your lunch!

Friday September 27, 2019, 214 Parker Hall (south campus)

Michael Shurmatz, LMSW, Clinical Counselor, BestSelf Behavioral Health, will present: “The Emergence of Veteran Peer Support”

Friday October 25, 2019, 214 Parker Hall (south campus)

Rachel Hoopsick, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, UB Department of Family Medicine will present: “Never Deployed, But Still at Risk: Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Reserve/Guard Soldiers”

Friday November 15, 2019 (Co-sponsored by the UB Center for Disability Studies), 214 Parker Hall (south campus)

Audra Jennings, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Western Kentucky University, will present: “An Emblem of Distinction': The Politics of Disability, Service, and Sacrifice in the United States, 1940-1950”

Friday February 28, 2020, 214 Parker Hall (south campus)

Alyssa Vasquez, PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Program Manager, Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY, will present: “Overview of services and mission of the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York and the PFC Dwyer Program”

CANCELLED: Friday March 27, 2020, 214 Parker Hall (south campus)

Jennifer Fillo, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, UB Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, will present: “Military sexual trauma among Army Reserve/National Guard soldiers: Implications for substance use and romantic relationship functioning.”

Friday April 24, 2020, 214 Parker Hall (south campus)

Braden K. Linn, PhD, LMSW, Postdoctoral Fellow, UB Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, will present: “Understanding the needs of dishonorably discharged American veterans: A propensity score matched comparison."



Friday September 28, 2018

Jessica Kulak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Buffalo State, SUNY: “Substance use and mental health among military spouses and partners"

Friday October 26, 2018 

Richard Lamb, PhD, Associate Professor and Director Neurocognition Laboratory, UB Graduate School of Education: "Virtual Reality as a therapeutic tool for exposure"

Friday November 9, 2018

Neil Diamant, PhD, Professor of Asian Law and Society, Dickinson College: “The Expansion of Veteran Benefits in the 20 Century: How, Where, and Why It Happened – Or Didn’t: An International Perspective

Friday February 22, 2019

Paige Iovine-Wong, MPH/MSW candidate and Joining Forces-UB 2018-19 Intern, University at Buffalo: 
“A Systematic Review of Intersecting Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide in Women Veterans”

Friday March 29, 2019

Christopher Atkinson, PhD, JD, The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller: “Experiences Working with the Veteran Community”

Friday April 26, 2019

Katie Coric, LCSW, VA WNY Suicide Prevention Coordinator & Emergency Services Manager: “VA Western New York Suicide Prevention Program Overview”


Friday September 29, 2017

Thomas P. Chacko, MA, MSW, UB School of Social Work: "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:
"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:
“The Great War and Modern Veteran Care”

Friday February 23, 2018

Group discussion of two essays: Dr. David Gerber facilitated a group discussion of his 2012 essay, “Post-Modern American Heroism:  Anti-War War Heroes, Survivor Heroes, and the Eclipse of Traditional Warrior Values” and UBSSW doctoral candidate, Brad Linn,facilitated a discussion of Adam Linehan’s 2017 essay, “How the Effort to Combat Veterans' Suicide May Be Making It Worse.

Friday March 30, 2018

Shirley Stanton, Operation Family Caregiver, Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York (VOC-WNY): “Care for the Caregiver”

Friday April 27, 2018

Dr. Paul King, Clinical Research Psychologist, Center for Integrated Healthcare, VA Western NY Healthcare System: "Veterans' Preferences and Priorities for Integrated Primary Care: An Opportunity to Expand Transdiagnostic Intervention?”


Friday September 30, 2016

Braden Linn, MCMP, MSW, PhD (cand.), University at Buffalo School of Social Work: "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 JF Colloquium meetings are held in Parker 214 (South Campus), from 12:15-1:30. Bring your lunch and join us!