Research Areas of Interest

The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) conducts and disseminates educational and behavioral health research relevant to the long-term health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families. Our approach includes identifying critical and emerging issues, and fostering collaboration among our faculty and other experts who share a commitment to improving programs and policies that serve those who have served us.

  • Develop training for behavioral health providers who treat service members and their communities
  • Identify and overcome barriers to seeking care for service members and their communities
  • Conduct clinical trials to determine the best treatment models for service members and their communities
  • Develop conceptual models that guide the center’s research
  • Work with community service partners to conduct evaluation research
  • Expand behavioral health research by collaborating with senior and tenured faculty researchers at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and beyond
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Technology & Innovation

Technology & Innovation in Military Social Work Education (virtual client)
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 State of the American Veteran Studies
State of the American Veteran

This conference focused on understanding the military transition issues of veterans and families.
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  • CIR/CAIS Study & Related Studies
  • Sexual assault and trauma in the military Studies
  • Mental health and trauma experienced by service members studies
  • Diversity and inclusion Studies
  • Cultural Competencies related publications and articles

Research Mentorship

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The center focuses on the mentorship of postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students, ensuring the evolution of a new generation of high skilled military researchers. In addition, all active duty social workers work within the school’s military program to obtain their PhDs at USC.”