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National and Global Engagement

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Military and Veteran Programs are leadingtransformative national and global awareness and partnerships to facilitate teaching, collaboration and research to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and their families.

NATO Research

Through the Military and Veteran Programs’ Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), the school’s faculty conducts extensive research in partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Research projects include:

  • Mental Health Training (completed 2014)
  • Military Suicides (completed 2016)
  • Transition from the Military to Civilian Life (on-going)
  • Sexual Violence in the Military (on-going)
  • Leader Development for NATO Multinational Military Operations (on-going)

Professional and Governmental Boards

Our faculty hold professional and governmental board positions, including those affiliated with:

  • National Academy of Science for the Board on Army Science and Technology (BAST)
  • Military Suicide Research Consortium Senior Advisory Board (DoD)
  • King’s Centre for Military Health Research Advisory Board
  • Scientific Advisory Board National Centers of PTSD (VA)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans (VA)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Advanced Social Work Practice in Military Social Work Guide, Co-Chair
  • CSWE Advanced Social Work Practice for Trauma in Social Work Guide
  • Los Angeles Regional Community Veteran Engagement Board
  • Los Angeles County Faith Advisory Council

Summits and Conferences

The military and veteran programs hosts summits that bring together the top researchers in military science to focus on developments in military related research and how to best move the field forward. Below are some of our recent summits.

  • 2016: CIR/VA Women Veterans Research Summit
  • 2015: CIR Military Transition Research Summit
  • 2014: CIR Military Research Summit
  • 2017: State of the American Veteran Conference
  • 2018: State of the American Veteran Conference
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International Military Social Work

The school’s military and veteran programs conducts symposiums and workshops on military social work issues around the world, particularly among many Asian countries, including:

  • Taiwan
  • Tokyo
  • Singapore
  • China
  • South Korea