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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Children Youth and  Families
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Voices from the Field: The Committee on the Well-being of Military Families (Public Information-Gathering Session)

The Committee on The Well-being of Military Families will hold a public information-gathering session on April 24, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the National Academy of Sciences Building (Auditorium), 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The committee is studying the challenges and opportunities facing military families and what is known about effective strategies for supporting and protecting military children and families, as well as lessons to be learned from these experiences.

During this half day meeting, the committee will have the opportunity to hear from invited speakers and members of the public will also have an opportunity to ask questions or provide comments to the speakers and committee, as time permits.

In-person registration is now closed. For those unable to attend this meeting in person, webcasting will be available on this page the day of the event.


Speaker Bios

Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families

Project Description

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee to study the challenges and opportunities facing military families and what is known about effective strategies for supporting and protecting military children and families, as well as lessons to be learned from these experiences.

The committee will review available data and research on military children and families, including those who have left the military, with attention to differences by race, ethnicity, and other factors. The committee will also review related literature on childhood resilience and adversity. Specific topics may include:

1. What can be learned from the positive experiences military families have and the protection conferred on them through supports provided by the Department of Defense and service branches, with attention to specific interventions that have been effective and how they might be used at broader scales and in non-military contexts.

2. How the challenges presented by military life, such as frequent moves, exposure to trauma, and economic and other stresses to parents, influence children's social-emotional, physical, biochemical, and psychological development, and how those effects may vary across racial, ethnic, and other characteristics.

3. The mechanisms by which resilience can be fostered in military children and families, with attention to the broader literatures on human development, stress exposure, and resilience, as well as available research from other countries.

4. What is needed to strengthen the support system for military families, with attention to consistency of the current system of services and resources across population subgroups, service branches, and military status (including families who have left the military).

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense



Upcoming Meetings of the Committee

Meeting 2
April 24-25, 2018, Washington, DC (11:30
am Eastern Time)

Meeting 3 (Committee Only)
June 6-7, 2018, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Meeting 4 (Committee Only)
October 2-3, 2018, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Meeting 5 (Committee Only)
December 4-5, 2018, Irvine, CA (8:30 am Eastern Time)

Previous Meetings of the Committee

Meeting 1
 (Committee Only)
February 27-28, 2018, Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time) 
Meeting Agenda

Staff Information

Suzanne Le Menestrel, Ph.D., Study Director
Sheila Moats, Program Officer
Stacey Smit, Senior Program Assistant

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  Activity Information 

  Type: Consensus Study
  Board: Board on Children, Youth, and

  Mailing Address
  Keck Center
  500 Fifth Street, NW
  Washington, DC 20001

 Committee Members

  Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair)
  University of California, Davis

  David Albright, Ph.D.
  The University of Alabama, School of  
  Social Work

  Stephen J. Cozza, M.D.
  Uniformed Services University of the 
  Health Sciences

  Ellen DeVoe, MSW, Ph.D.
  Boston University, School of Social    

  Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D.
  University of Minnesota

  Mary Keller, Ed.D.
  Military Child Education Coalition

  Patricia Lester, M.D.
  University of California, Los Angeles  
  Semel Institute

  Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D.
  Military Family Research Institute at  
  Purdue University

  Laura L. Miller, Ph.D.
  RAND Corporation

  Tracy Neal-Walden, Ph.D.
  The Steven A. Cohen Military Family   
  Clinic Easter Seals

  Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D. 
  The Pennsylvania State University

  Ashish S. Vazirani, M.E., M.B.A.
  Armed Services YMCA

  Ivan C.A. Walks, M.D.
  Ivan Walks & Associates 




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