Predictors and Barriers of Student Veterans' Academic Success
Approximately 1 million Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans receive VA Educational Benefits with initial research finding veterans will be less likely to graduate than their non-veteran peers. We are conducting a longitudinal study to examine facilitators and barriers to academic success among student veterans. We are particularly interested in how cultural incongruence, or feeling one doesn't belong, contributes to academic difficulties.
Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Illnesses
Medically unexplained symptoms and illnesses have no clearly understood etiology, such as the common stomach and head ache, or more chronic cases such as fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). We want to know: how do patients manage these symptoms and conditions? Using the methods of meta-analysis, we are looking into the current literature to (a) investigate patients’ illness beliefs and illness representations, (b) determine the association between illness representations and health outcomes, and (c) determine the association between illness representations and self-management among patients with medically unexplained illnesses.
Chronic pain and Rural Health
We are developing a health coaching intervention for individuals living with chronic pain living in rural areas. We have previously found that individuals with chronic pain in rural settings are interested in receiving additional information on how they can best manage their health.