Family Development

Meet Our Facilitators

The MFLN Family Development Team is dedicated to providing programming that focus on important topics that are relevant to work with military families.

In order to create and provide these resources, we often seek out individual professionals who stand out in their respective fields in order to not only present information but also share their personal experiences and achievements when it comes to working with military families. This page is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of those individuals who have graciously and expertly facilitated one of our many resources.


Thomas Britt, PhD, is a professor of Psychology at Clemson University. He served in the U.S. Army as a research psychologist for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. His current research programs investigate how stigma and other barriers to care influence employees in high-stress occupations seeking needed mental health treatment, and the identification of factors that promote resilience among employees in high-stress occupations.

Lauren Marlotte, PsyD, is the Assistant Director of Training for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center within the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is also an attending supervisor at the UCLA Family Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Clinic and the UCLA Psychology Clinic. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist whose work specializes in prevention, stress, trauma, and prevention.

Mollie Romano, Ph.D., SLP-CCC is the Assistant Director of the Communication in Early Childhood Research and Practice Center (CEC-RAP) in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Iowa Distance Mentoring Model (IA-DMM), a statewide initiative to support the implementation of Family Guided Routines Based Intervention in Iowa’s Part C Program by providing systematic, evidence-based professional development. Dr. Romano has worked as a speech-language pathologist in home and community settings, and she conducts research on embedded interventions for infants and toddlers and their families. She also teaches Clinical Phonetics and Normal Communication Development in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. Dr. Romano has a particular interest in supporting the communication needs of children at risk for language delays due to poverty and in interventions that encourage the development of children with significant disabilities.

Juliann Woods, Ph.D., SLP-CCC is a Professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Associate Director of Research to Practice at the Autism Institute. She has over 40 years of clinical experience, research and teaching in early communication intervention for young children and their families as an ASHA Fellow and past-president of the Division of Early Childhood. She has more than 50 externally funded research, training and demonstration grants with many using professional development and implementation science frameworks and technology to integrate practice change in community settings. Dr. Woods publishes and presents at national conferences on early communication and intervention for young children and their families and the use of technology for coaching and professional development. She is the director of the Communication and Early Childhood- Research to Practice Center which is designed to facilitate access of resources for early childhood educators, program administrators, and interdisciplinary teams and is associate director for research to practice with the FSU Autism Institute.


Christian Waugh, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University. His research and publications focus on resilience and the temporal dynamics of emotion and resilience and positive emotions in times of stress.

Charles Figley, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work and Director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute. Dr. Figley’s numerous publications and research focus primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities.

Catherine Mogil, Psy.D, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Director of Training and Intervention Development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. Her recent research focuses on developing effective interventions for children and families in high-stress environments.

Melissa Merrick, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Merrick serves as the Lead Scientist for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study in DVP and is the Subject Matter Expert for Child Maltreatment. Dr. Merrick’s research focuses primarily on the etiology, course, and prevention of child maltreatment.

Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a developmental psychologist who studies how parenting generally and discipline, in particular, affect the development of children. Her research combines longitudinal and hierarchical methods for understanding the dynamic and multilayered contexts of children’s lives.

Heidi Knock, PsyD, HSPP, is currently a Staff Psychologist at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Knock provides individual, marital, and group psychotherapy to Veterans and their families. She also treats individuals on the polytrauma unit and the inpatient rehabilitation unit who have a combination of complex mental and physical health issues, such as traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, amputation, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Jenifer McGuire, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She studies the well-being of young people who identify as transgender with a specific focus on ways that family environments can best support healthy development.

Alaina Szlachta, PhD, is a scholar and practitioner who intersects the academic world of rigorous research and interdisciplinary teaching with the private sector. Dr. Szlachta is currently the Director of Training with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where she developed the Hotline’s 60-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Program and facilitates training on healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, and culturally responsive practice.

Tai J. Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT is a Medical Family Therapist and Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in the Department of Family Social Science. He is an adjunct professor in the UMN’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, an Associate Director of the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center, and the Director of the UMN’s Medical Reserve Corps’ Mental Health Disaster-Response Teams.  He works actively in the conduct of integrated behavioral healthcare and community-based participatory research (CBPR) focused on a variety of public health issues.

  • Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey Part 1 & Part 2

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions.

Rosemarie Allen, PhD has been an educational leader for over 30 years and is a national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices. She is currently the President & CEO of the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence.


Sharon M. Danes, PhD is a Professor in the Family Social Science Department at the University of Minnesota. She has authored over 160 referred research articles, book chapters, and outreach publications emphasizing the intersection of economic and social decision-making. Her Ph.D is in family economics from Iowa State University.

  • Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families Part 1 & Part 2

Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D– Financial Resource Management Specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications.

Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy Department at Valdosta State University and Project Director for the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Kacy has worked with families from all walks of life. Her trainings, presentations and courses, however, focus primarily on family violence, trauma and moral injury, military families, and foster-care transitions.

Meghan Burke, PhD is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include parent advocacy, families (i.e., parents and siblings) of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and disability policies.

Bari Sobelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in the community as an LMFT in different settings including home-based therapy, private practice, and through the state and federal- funded early intervention program. Bari has a passion for working with children with special needs and their families. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in the marriage and family therapy program at Valdosta State University. She is currently the Social Media and Webinar Coordination Specialist with our MFLN Family Development team.

Robin McWilliam, PhD, is an experienced researcher, administrator, early interventionist, teacher, parent, and writer. Dr. McWilliam developed the Routines-Based Model which serves young children with disabilities and their families. Dr. McWilliam’s research centers on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities, with a specific focus on child engagement, service delivery models, and collaboration with families.

James Corbin, MSW, LSW has served as full-time clinical faculty and instructor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Temple University. He is a volunteer therapist for Give An Hour and is an active member of PACares and the Harrisburg Regional Planning Team for Operation Military Kids. His recent work includes the development of the College of Public Health/School of Social Work’s online postgraduate Certificate in Military Counseling program.

Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Soul Repair Center. A noted theologian, she has lectured all over the world. As Co-Founder of the Soul Repair Center, Dr. Brock has become an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury and recovery.

Emily Brown, LCSW is director of Key Bridge Therapy Center in Arlington, VA. She works with individuals, couples, and families regarding the underlying issues in relationships, marriage, divorce and betrayal. She also offers workshops for mental health professionals throughout the US and internationally in Europe, Canada, and Singapore on treating issues associated with extramarital affairs and other relationship issues.

Patricia Gerbarg, M.D. is Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at NY Medical College.In both clinical work and research studies, she integrates standard and complementary treatments.  Her research focuses on mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, military, and survivors of mass disasters.

  • Healing Our Heroes: Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resilience Naturally Part 1 & Part 2

Richard Brown, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is a pioneer in the field of Integrative Psychiatry, he lectures extensively, including full-day courses on complementary and alternative medicine at the American Psychiatric Association and other conferences. Dr. Brown has published over 90 scientific articles, books and chapters including.

Healing Our Heroes: Treatment Techniques to Support Family Resilience Naturally Part 1 & Part 2

Carol Trivette, PhD earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations. Her research interests focus on identifying evidence-based practices for working with children and families in the areas of responsive parental interactions with their children with disabilities, family-centered practices and family support, and the development of tools and scales to support the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity.

Andrew Behnke, PhD, CFLE  is an associate professor of human development and an extension Latino parent specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He has served the Latino community since 1997 in different capacities. He developed the “Juntos” program along with Cintia Aguilar.

Daniel Perkins, PhD is a Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy and a faculty member of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. Dr. Perkins’ scholarship involves the integration of practice and research into three major foci: Positive Youth Development; Healthy Family Development; and Community Collaboration.


Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD:  Dr. Ostrosky is the Head of the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor with research interests in the areas of: a) young children’s social emotional competence and challenging behavior, b) attitudes and acceptance of typically developing children toward individuals with disabilities, and c) peer relationships and inclusion.

Jenna Weglarz-Ward has worked in the field of special education and early childhood for the past 18 years in a variety of roles including preschool teacher, childcare provider, early interventionist, literacy tutor, therapeutic recreation staff, and parent. She values family-centered and play-based practice that aims to best support children’s development regardless of ability level. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2001) and Master’s degree in early childhood special education (2003) from the University of Illinois. In her current doctoral work in early childhood special education, her research includes pre-service education, collaboration in early childhood, and recommended practice.

Amy Santos, PhD

As a professor in the Department of Special Education and currently in her role as Associate Provost for Faculty Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Amy engages in professional development every day.  For over two decades, Amy has worked in various settings as a special educator, teacher educator, and researcher. Her research activities focus on understanding the unique needs and strengths of families of young children with disabilities and how best to train providers to work with families from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Her passion and commitment to strengthening the capacity of professionals and family members to support their young children has helped in her role as one of the Principal Investigators of the MFLN FDEI Concentration Area, along with Micki Ostrosky. Amy assists in planning and implementing the yearlong professional development activities offered by MFLN-FDEI, along with providing fiscal and management oversight of the project.

Especially during her busy days, Amy tries to carve out time to go on long walks for both her mental and physical health. She enjoys the challenge of Soduko. Amy especially loves to spend time with her family. Her child’s school and after-school activities keep her on her toes after work hours and on weekends!

Kimberly Hile has worked in the field of early intervention for 11 years as both a service coordinator and developmental therapist.  Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies (2001) as well as her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education (2007), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bob Smith, MS, LMFT, CCSOTS, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, received his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University in 1997. Bob has been an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor since 2001 and has accumulated over 15,000+ clinical hours working directly with families. In 2008 Bob became clinically certified as a Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (CCSOTS) and continued his efforts in providing treatment to juvenile sex offenders.

Adrienne Baggs, PhD., is an Assistant Professor at Argosy University Denver, a mental health counselor and a restorative yoga teacher. She is passionate about contributing to a more holistic paradigm in the mental health field and counselor education arena. While pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Florida, she explored strength-based, holistic therapeutic approaches as well as spiritual issues in counseling.

Bridgette Schossow, MA, LPC, CACII is currently a certified addictions counselor and licensed professional counselor with specialization interest in intimate partner violence (IPV).  She is passionate about intervening with intimate partner violence on a systemic level.

Catherine Corr, Ph. D., has served families and children with special needs many different capacities, including as an early childhood educator, an early intervention provider and as a court appointed special advocate. Catherine is currently a research associate in the department of Special Education at the Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include how to efficiently and effectively support young children with special needs and their families in early childhood and child welfare programs.

Deserai Miller, LCSW. Deserai earned her Master’s degree in social work with a specialization in schools from the University of Illinois.  She has worked in the field of special education as a school social worker for the past ten years.  During this time she served families and children with special needs in many capacities, including work at a residential school for students with learning disabilities, at a therapeutic day school for students with emotional disabilities and at a public school in Champaign. Deserai is a licensed clinical social worker.

Ashley Ann Marshall, graduated from the University of Dayton, where she received her bachelor of arts in psychology and family development.  She is currently a student in the Child Studies program empirical research track in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and hopes to earn her PhD in psychology in the future. She has worked as a visit monitor at a court-appointed family visitation center, a research intern at an addiction center, and in a grief-counseling center in Hospice.

Tabitha McCoy, MS earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Valdosta State University. Tabitha held a clinical internship at FamilyWorks Therapy Clinic at Valdosta State University, where she worked with individuals and families who suffered from a diverse range of issues, including family issues related to trauma, family violence, and grief.

Christina Rackley Herron, MS earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Valdosta State University. Christina held a clinical internship at FamilyWorks Therapy Clinic at Valdosta State University, where she delivered counseling services to clients dealing with a diverse range of issues including: eating disorders, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, trauma, grief, sexual assault, couples and family issues. She was also one of the group facilitators for, Camp Speak, which catered to the relational issues children from divorced families face.

Isabel Thompson, PhD also serves as an Assistant Professor in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. Her areas of research include wellness, mindfulness, and the application of contemplative approaches in clinical practice. Isabel has examined how counselor coping practices impact reported levels of burnout and compassion fatigue. In addition, Isabel integrates meditative and self-care practices into her day-to-day life.

  • Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness Part 1 & Part 2

Eric Thompson, PhD is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. He has been a practitioner of contemplative practices and mindfulness since 1995. In addition to his personal practice, Dr. Thompson studied with numerous meditation and mindfulness instructors. Eric has presented on Mindfulness at the International American Counseling Association conference in 2010. He taught Mindful Living courses at the University of Florida from 2008-2011.

  • Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness Part 1

Xiomara A. Sosa is a United States military veteran (Army and Air Force Reserve) and a clinical mental health – forensic counselor, a nonprofit executive, and a social change advocate. She is the Executive Creator and Co-partner of the National Hispanic Veterans Advocacy Network (NHVAN). NHVAN’s mission is to provide culturally competent advocacy for the health and human services needs of U.S. Hispanic military veterans. NHVAN’s vision is to create a well-established, organized, active, and strongly connected community of Hispanic veterans by improving communication and advocacy for their health and human services needs that is culturally appropriate.

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a sought-after speaker for her thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Leadership in global, corporate organizations and Personal Branding for Military Veterans. She is the author of several books, including one inspired by her aviation service. Four-time award-winning Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, the first bilingual children’s book in a series about military mommies, recently won 1st Place honors in the picture book category, Writers Digest Magazine national competition among indie publishers. The International Latino Book Awards named it “Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual.”

Dr. Ludy Green is an expert on U.S. domestic violence and human trafficking issues, as well as an internationally acclaimed speaker. Drawing on her 18 years of experience in the human resources field, Ludy Green founded Second Chance Employment Services to help women at risk find stable employment, assisting them in achieving financial independence.


Casandra Firman, M.S. is a training and technical assistance coordinator for the FRIENDS National Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention. In this capacity, she assists State lead agencies that receive Federal Community Based Child Abuse Prevention funds as they plan, implement and evaluate services for the prevention of child abuse.

Alicia Luckie, M.S. is a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP. Alicia has worked in the child abuse and neglect prevention field for 18 years. Alicia has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Adolescents.

Shelly Martin, M.D. Lt Col, USAF, MC, Child Abuse Pediatrician. Lt Col Shelly Martin M.D, United States Air Force, is presently assigned at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Ft Sam Houston, TX as a child maltreatment specialist. She is an experienced child abuse pediatrician and provides consultation for all forms of child abuse and neglect to all branches of the Armed Forces. Dr. Martin is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences.

Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D. Director, SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care. Working across agencies, Dr. Gillece promotes the use of trauma informed care in multiple settings including mental health, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice and homeless services. Prior to joining the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) seven years ago, Dr. Gillece served as Director of Special Populations for Maryland’s Mental Hygiene Administration where her responsibilities included all aspects of state mental health planning and delivery of services as well as development of collaboration across agencies serving individuals with psychiatric diagnosis.  As project director for SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), Dr. Gillece has championed the cause of full consumer integration and development of Culturally Competent programs.

  • What is Trauma & Why must We Address it?  Part 1Part 2

Brian R. Sims, M.D. is a Forensic Psychiatrist currently working in several positions. He is a Staff Psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services, an organization serving the mental health needs of inmates in 60 Detention Centers in 10 states. He is currently the Senior Medical Advisor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors based in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • What is Trauma & Why must We Address it?  Part 1

Lori Hensic, Director of Educational Affairs for the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), completed her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) with an emphasis in Health Policy & Management from UC San Francisco. Lori has specialty clinical training in Ambulatory Care, HIV/AIDS Clinical Care, Designing Clinical Research, and provided direct patient care for several years in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.She found the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) after her move when struggling to figure out how to “survive military life,” and since then has been determined to give back to the organization that helped her so wholeheartedly. Lori is dedicated to critical educational efforts aimed at strengthening LGBT military families’ representation and engagement in policy changes. She is working to expand AMPA’s research platform and designing a database of vital information and statistics about our LGBT military families to ensure they are well represented within the larger military community.

Scott Behson is a Professor of Management at the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he teaches, conducts research, and provides consulting services in Work-Family Balance, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. Dr. Behson received a Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York and a B.S. from Cornell University. He has published over 17 academic journal publications and presented over 40 times at prestigious national and international conferences and has won seven research and teaching awards.

Tim Red is the Senior Program Military Consultant for the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI). He joined NFI after serving 30 years in the military with the last twenty in an Active Duty status. He served as the State Family Program Director for the Texas National Guard for four years. He also was mobilized and then deployed overseas in support of the Kosovo Peacekeeping mission for seventeen months. Currently, he works with Military Family Programs to help them understand the importance of reaching out to fathers and how to best do that.

Luisa F. Soaterna-Castañeda, MPH, Text4baby Multicultural & Outreach Specialist, will highlight the successes of Text4Baby and how you can easily incorporate it into your work with mothers that have smartphones. Webinar attendees will learn about the Text4Baby service and how the service provides information on key topics that interest pregnant women and new moms via short and succinct text messages. Attendees will also learn about significant creative communication enhancements (including interactivity, mobile pages, quizzes, and videos) to the nation’s largest and only free text messaging service. Research on the effectiveness of text messaging in reaching underserved populations will also be covered as well as how Text4Baby can assist in women feeling more prepared for motherhood due to increased knowledge, awareness and skills that lead to better health for them and their babies.

Aaron Ebata, Ph.D., University of Illinois, and Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., University of Delaware, will show how Just in Time Parenting (JITP) connects with the needs of today’s parents for reliable, research-based information. Presenters will highlight evaluations of JITP to demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering age-paced information and show how readers across all educational and economic levels demonstrate more confidence and competence in raising their children when using information and strategies outlined by JITP. Presenters will also highlight how JITP can help parents have realistic age-appropriate expectations, provide reassurance about their child’s development, help parents identify problems early and suggests how to find help.

Kimberly Renk, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Central Florida as well as a licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois, her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida with a predoctoral internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although Dr. Renk has diverse clinical experience with young children, school-age children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of psychological settings, the majority of Dr. Renk’s work has addressed the needs of young children who are already experiencing emotional and behavioral problems, particularly due to stressors in their families.

Dr. Harris is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Florida in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. His teaching, research, and programming focus on close relationships with a specific emphasis on dyadic and group communication practices and their influence on relationship quality.

Dr. Radunovich is a Associate Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at University of Florida. She is a licensed psychologist whose teaching, research and Cooperative Extension activities connect to military families, domestic violence, stress, developmental disabilities, childcare provider education, disaster stress, and academic integrity. Dr. Radunovich is also the project leader for the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development concentration.

Angela Huebner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on stressors facing military families. Her scholarly work has appeared numerous empirical journals including Journal of Adolescent Health, Family Relations, Youth & Society, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Child & Family Studies, and Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal. In addition, Dr. Huebner has conducted clinical work with military families at the Fort Belvoir Chaplain Family Life Ministry and Training Center and continues to see clients at Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services.

Kara Newby, M.S., is a Program Specialist in Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University Extension. She focuses on exploring ways to integrate technology into parenting education programs. Her research interest is in parenting and child development, particularly adolescents.

Dennis Orthner has extensive experience consulting with military policymakers, researchers, and practitioners across a range of mental health and social service issues. In November 2011, Dr. Orthner received the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) President’s Award. Dr. Orthner plays a key role in the Essential Life Skills for Military Families, a collaborative effort between East Carolina University, NC State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kimberly Greder, Ph.D. Associate Professor; Extension and Outreach Specialist, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University

David Brown, Ph.D. LMFT Wing Director of Psychological Health, 132nd Fighter Wing, Air National Guard