WWC DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP
IN MILITARY & VETERAN HEALTH RESEARCH
- Be registered as a full-time student, entering the 3rd year of a doctoral program, or in the final 2 years of a PhD program or a combined MA/PhD, fast track and direct-entry PhD program.
- Be doing research that considers the unique context of service and that is of significant potential importance to improving the physical, mental health, or wellbeing of military or Veteran populations or their families (the beneficiary populations).
- Have completed their comprehensive exams.
- Have received ethics approval for their research.
- Submit two written evaluations from referees.
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WWC DOCTORAL SCHOLARS
The results of a longitudinal, mixed methods study have provided evidence of statistically significant reductions in symptoms of PTSD and depression, as well as increases in reported social support and quality of life. There is also evidence that BOS significantly reduced reports of stigma faced by participants.
One year following program participation couples reported significant increases in active coping, emotional support, acceptance and instrumental support. This was coupled with a decrease in loneliness scores. Couples also reported an increase in degree of relationship satisfaction when measured on the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS)
Following completion of both phases of TRP participants reported: Increased levels of competence, confidence self-regulate in working through past traumas. Further they reported increased ability to use resources to find relief working through past traumas, confidence in working through future traumatic events and reductions in traumarelated shame (TRSI).
Early feedback from both participants and parents reports positive progress and communication around 3 goals: Cultivating Knowledge around OSI’s/PTSD; developing connections to other peers; and developing new strategies for coping/resilience.