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February 23, 2018
Two open slots for Veterans who want to learn how to write songs and play guitar. No experience required! We'll even give you a guitar to take home!! Email jim@integratedveteran.org or call 512.538.4552 to RSVP!
February 16, 2018
Online University, accepts GI Bill Only
February 16, 2018
Biography Lindsay Bira, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio, and TEDx speaker. Her clinical research specialty is in behavioral medicine and PTSD/trauma.  In addition to her faculty role treating combat-related PTSD with STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium, Dr. Bira runs a private practice, serves as a consultant for projects that seek to incorporate mental health, and speaks often on the topic of mental health and wellbeing. Dr. Bira has been featured by Texas Public Radio, Women's Health Magazine, News4, Fox29, and more for her work in PTSD, mindfulness, brain health and personal growth. In her presentations, Dr. Bira strives to bridge the gap between research and public knowledge to help break stigma around mental health and treatment.  Dr. Bira received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from University of Miami. She completed residency as a fellow for Harvard Medical School and...
February 16, 2018
Biography Dr. Michael Russell is a clinical neuropsychologist who joined the Center of Excellence after a distinguished career with the Department of Defense. He is a retired military officer and combat veteran, with multiples tours to Iraq and the IFOR Bosnia mission. Holder of the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit and Distinguished Member of the Army Medical Regiment awards, he is the only clinical psychologist to have ever commanded an Army Combat Support Hospital. Dr. Russell has been Chief of Psychology at some of the largest military hospitals and bases in the Country: Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, and Fort Bliss. His primary focus of research is on the possible long term effects of TBI on human cognitive ability and personality. Video Video of Dr. Russel's presentation will be available shortly after the symposium,. Presentation Dr. Russel's presentation's slide deck will be available shortly after the symposium,....
February 16, 2018
Biography Dr. Adam McGuire is a postdoctoral research fellow at the VISN 17 Center of Excellence. He earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and completed his internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center and G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. His research focuses on integrating prosocial emotions into mental health treatment. Currently, he is conducting research on the potential impact of moral elevation on Veterans suffering from PTSD and moral injury. Video Video of Dr. McGuire's presentation will be available shortly after the symposium,. Presentation Dr. McGuire's presentation's slide deck will be available shortly after the symposium,.
February 16, 2018
Biography Dena Davidson, Ph.D. is an experimental psychologist and the Director of Research at Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans in Waco, Texas. With more than 20 years of experience conducting clinical trials, her research is now focused on how to best serve our Veterans. Towards this goal, she is involved in the discovery of new medications to provide relief to Veterans who suffer from Gulf War Illness. One in four of the Veterans who served in the 1990-1991 Desert Storm and Desert Shield operations report a complex of serious and debilitating symptoms that they continue to suffer from today. Incredibly, in the 27 years since the Gulf War there are still no known treatments for Gulf War Illness. The lack of treatments is particularly disturbing given that the current generation of solders serving in southwestern Asia, continue to be exposed to many of the same environmental...
February 16, 2018
Biography Dr. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University, and conducted his Post-Doctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Gordon now works as a neuroscientist in the Veterans Health Administration. His research uses MRI techniques to investigate how traumatic brain injuries alter brain function in Veterans. He is particularly interested in developing advanced new methods in MRI scanning to be able to reliably diagnose TBIs in individual patients, as well as predict long-term cognitive impairments and functional outcomes in TBI patients. Video Video of Dr. Gordon's presentation will be available shortly after the symposium,. Presentation Dr. Gordon's presentation's slide deck will be available shortly after the symposium,.
February 16, 2018
Biography Elisa V. Borah, MSW, PhD is a research associate professor at The University of Texas School of Social Work at Austin. Elisa conducts research around the development, testing and effective implementation of mental health treatments and social supports for adults and children. Her research currently focuses on improving mental health treatment access for transition-age youth through better client engagement. With the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, she works to implement a state program to provide community-based health supports for adults with serious mental illness. Elisa is also involved in research to identify effective programming and supports for military members, veterans, spouses and their families. She leads the Veteran Spouse Network, initially funded through an Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, to engage veteran spouses in defining programmatic and research needs to better support veteran families in Texas. She studies how peer support can improve veterans’...
February 16, 2018
Biography Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber is the project’s founder and principal investigator. She was commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop improved methods of suicide risk assessment, and she continues to work on suicide assessment and surveillance with the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, the U.S. Department of Education, military health care agencies, and other agencies. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University. Video Video of Dr. Posner's presentation will be available shortly after the symposium,. Presentation Dr. Posner's presentation's slide deck will be available shortly after the symposium,.
February 16, 2018
I've debated sharing this personal story, but the fact is ... we lose too many to suicide every day, including our Veterans.  Before I start writing, I want to share an obituary of a remarkable man who served in the United States Marine Corps. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart for combat action in Vietnam, served in Harris County with the Houston Police Department, having been known as "Officer Friendly," and later, with the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.  Please take a moment to read Richard Zipp obituary.   A humble man, he was always and only about service. As you can read in his obituary, if you so choose to read it, he carried the Texas flag, leading police officers down Pennsylvania Avenue at the 1989 Presidential Inauguration of President George Bush, Sr. And so much more that I won't go into here. I only knew Richard through my church in Georgetown....

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