REU program prepares students for trauma research in veteran populations

Karen Wolford and student
SUNY College at Oswego professor Karen Wolford and former student Arthur Delsing are developing a mobile phone application to help people with anxiety disorders, particularly veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Rea
Honoring veterans’ military service and attending to their re-entry into civilian life are important parts of how our nation celebrates veterans during the month of November. For some veterans, re-entry may involve enrolling in college. Moving from military to college life can be challenging. A program at Syracuse University’s Falk College now in its seventh year, with support from the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), addresses this challenge by training undergraduate students, including veterans, to conduct research on trauma’s effects in veteran populations. Part of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Training Diverse Undergraduate Teams of Veterans and Non-Veterans to Conduct Trauma Research with Veterans program helps students look at the chemical, clinical, cognitive and family factors associated with the various outcomes of trauma.

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