The Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness relies heavily on it’s research leg to better understand crucial issues faced by military and veteran families, with the hope of informing positive change. The Institute’s research aims addresses five important themes.
- Identify effective treatment models for service members, veterans, their caregivers, and family members
- Evaluate existing programs in DoD, VA and among community-based veteran service organizations
- Develop and test support programs that improve the health and lives of service members, veterans, their caregivers, and their family members
- Implementation research in military, veteran and community-based settings to improve client access to evidence-based care
- Service organizations can access technical assistance in treatment implementation and program evaluation to improve the efficacy of community-based care and programming for service members, veterans, their caregivers, and family members
- Fonzo Lab REPAIR Study: This study will examine how trauma impacts brain function, and how this relates to the inability to experience positive emotions such as happiness, joy, and love.
In addition to conducting research, the Institute works collaboratively with community stakeholders to evaluate existing and pilot initiatives to ensure successful implementation of military and veteran – focused programs.
- Veteran Couples Connect (VCC): The VCC program works with couples in a group setting to incorporate relationship enhancement building interventions into an 8-week PTSD treatment model.
- Veteran Spouse Resiliency Group (V-SRG): The V-SRG program connects veteran spouses in Texas to their communities by providing peer support groups that address a variety of unique challenges experienced by veteran spouses.
- Mastering Your Marriage: The UT Mastering Your Marriage project provides 21 veteran couples with marriage enrichment and support that addresses unique challenges they may face in their relationship after military service. The project works in partnership with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, and with the support of a Texas HHSC Veteran + Family Alliance grant.
- Veteran Restore Program: The Veteran Restore Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program that works with veterans to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The program is offered free of charge and works with individuals offering Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), group outings, and Resilient Yoga.