TexVet.org enthusiastically supports scientific research applied for public benefit - especially in the field of veterans' mental health. Our annual "Research Meets The Road" series provides a platform for respected cutting-edge researchers and veteran service providers to share knowledge to everyone's benefit.

This page is our info-hub for "Research On The Road 2017" – our symposium on February 16th, 2017. This event was our second "Research Meets The Road" event. In the tabs below you'll find information about our speaker/presenters, supporting materials, and videos of each presentation and the Q&A.

Critical details for Research On The Road 2017

  • Location: United Way of Greater Houston – 50 Waugh Dr. Houston, TX 77007
  • Date & Time: February 16th, 2017 • 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (lunch included)
  • Content: 
    • Opening: Blackshear & Jefferies
    • Keynote: Why We Study - Dr. Jackie Maffucci, IAVA
    • Engaging Veterans in Care - Natalie Hundt, Ph.D.
    • Developing Treatments  - Lilian Dindo, Ph.D.
    • Supporting Families in Treating Veterans - Suzannah Creech, Ph.D.
    • Lunch presentation: Veterans Needs Assessment - Blackshear, Cantu, Burnett
    • Treating Moral Injury in the Real World - Sheila Frankfurt, Ph.D.
    • Panel with questions collected during earlier presentations.

Please direct any questions or comments to contactus@texvet.org or call us at 512-341-4924 (M-F 8 AM to 4:30 PM).

Click here for a PDF of the symposium's program.


The 2017 Research On The Road Symposium took place on Thursday, February 16th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the United Way of Greater Houston:

50 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX

Click here for a Google Map.

Abbreviated Close-In Directions: The United Way of Greater Houston is just south of the intersection of I-10 and Heights Boulevard. Take Heights Boulevard south to Fegan Street and turn right. United Way of Greater Houston will be on your right, immediately after you cross Waugh Street. Turn right immediately after Waugh Street into the United Way's red brick driveway/courtyard, and bear left to enter their parking garage.

In late 2016, months after the release of two veteran needs assessments - one a statewide look at Texas and the other with a focus on the Dallas-Fort Worth region - the Harris County Veteran Service Office contacted TexVet and the Military Affairs section of the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE with a desire to conduct a needs assessment of Veterans in the Houston metro area. The intent was to conduct a needs survey of veterans and veteran family members within the Houston metropolitan statistical area, inventory the resources available to those individuals, and consider ideas for the future support of the region’s veteran community.

The results of this assessment were presented during lunch at the Research on the Road Symposium, and handed out in printed form.

Click here to download a PDF of the "What We Need" assessment.

This assessment includes demographic information from the United States Census Bureau, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and Army OneSource reports. This product also contains information from 2-1-1 Texas records, an online needs assessment survey of veterans and their respective family members, in-person focus groups of veterans and veteran-serving organizations, and anonymized and limited data from service-connected disability compensation claims.

2017-02-16 Research on the Road

The videos below contain the introduction, all guest speakers, and the Q&A from the Research on the Road 2017 Symposium in chronological order.

  •  Introduction - Perry Jefferies, et al

  •  Keynote - Why We Study - Jackie Maffucci, Ph.D.

  •  Engaging Veterans in Care - Natalie Hundt, Ph.D.

  •  Developing Treatments  - Lilian Dindo, Ph.D.

  •  Supporting Families in treating Veterans - Suzannah Creech, Ph.D.

  •  Treating Moral Injury in the real world - Sheila Frankfurt, Ph.D.

  •  Pannel Discussion and moderated Q&A