Joining Forces Research Colloquium

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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!

Dates for Spring 2019

All colloquia run 12:15-1:30

·         Friday February 22, 2019, Parker 214

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

·         Friday March 29, 2019, Parker 214

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

·         Friday April 26, 2019, Parker 214

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




Friday September 28, 2018

Jessica Kulak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Buffalo State, SUNY will present: “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 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!