Elisa Borah, MSW, PhD., Director
Dr. Borah is a research associate professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Elisa conducts research around the development, testing and effective implementation of mental health treatments and social supports for adults and children. Elisa is also involved in research to identify effective programming and supports for military members, veterans, spouses and their families. As part of the institute, she leads the Veteran Spouse Network, to engage veteran spouses in defining programmatic and research needs to better support veteran families in Texas. Learn more about Elisa.
Hannah O’Brien, MSSW, Program Manager
Hannah is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work Masters program, where she completed the Administration and Policy Practice concentration. During her time at the University, she fell in love with a Marine veteran and began immersing herself in the unique culture of the military. It wasn’t long before she knew she wanted to make a career of serving veterans and their families. Prior to Hannah’s work at the Institute, she held several positions that included working with children in schools, supporting offenders during reentry after incarceration, offering employment guidance for low income adults and helping support adult literacy. Learn more about Hannah
Molly Platz, LMSW, Program Manager & Communications Specialist
Molly Platz, LMSW received her social work degree from UT Austin. Throughout her social work experience, Molly has worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, sexual health and education, adult mental health and peer support programming. Molly currently serves as a Program Manager and Communications Specialist at The Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness, supporting a number of projects and initiatives meant to engage communities and ensure access to proven programs and supports. In addition to her current work at UT Austin, Molly works as a communications and strategy consultant to nonprofits in the Austin area, with a focus on youth empowerment, healthy relationships and resource navigation Learn more about Molly.