Alan Peterson, PhD, ABPP
Alan Peterson is a board certified clinical health psychologist, the Krus Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio). He is the Associate Director of Research for the Military Health Institute at UT Health San Antonio. He is also a Research Health Scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the Director of the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. These two consortia include over 150 research collaborators and 40 institutions worldwide. He served previously as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 21 years of active duty service including deployments in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He has clinical and research expertise in the areas of behavioral medicine, psychological trauma, and resiliency. He has published 7 books and over 150 scientific manuscripts and given over 300 presentations at national and international meetings. Since arriving at UT Health San Antonio in 2005, he and his colleagues have secured approximately $140 million in peer-reviewed research funding to support applied clinical research in San Antonio, throughout Texas, and worldwide. Dr. Peterson has championed a proposal to establish the National Center for Warrior Resiliency in San Antonio.
Terence M. Keane, PhD
Terence M. Keane, PhD, is Director of the National Center for PTSD-Behavioral Sciences Division and Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development at VA Boston Healthcare System. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Research at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Keane has published more than 350 papers on the assessment and treatment of PTSD. For the past 39 consecutive years his program of trauma research has been supported by federal funding agencies. Most recently he was named the Co-Principal Investigator of the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, an initiative supported by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to improve the care of active duty military and veterans with PTSD. His contributions to the field have been recognized by many national and international honors. His work was also recognized with two honorary doctorates signifying his major contributions to opening the field of psychological trauma to scientific inquiry. In 2015 he was named the recipient of the John Blair Barnwell Award from VA, the highest national award for those engaged in Clinical Research.
Kacie Kelly, MHS
Kacie Kelly is Director of Health & Wellbeing and Deputy Director of the Military Service Initiative at the President George W. Bush Institute. There she directs policy, operational, and programmatic efforts on veteran health and well-being at the George. W. Bush Presidential Center. She oversees Bush Institute efforts to promote partnerships, collaboration, and alignment among key national and international stakeholders addressing the invisible wounds of war among post-9/11 military families, including the Bush Institute’s Warrior Wellness Alliance. Prior to this role, Kelly served as the National Director for Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health, where she was responsible for developing a comprehensive and integrated public health approach to prevent suicide among veterans. Throughout her 15-year career with VA, she led innovative programs to serve more veterans and their families through strategic partnerships within government and across public and private sectors. In addition, she had leading roles to promote military cultural competence in the community, to coordinate outreach efforts to reduce stigma associated with seeking mental healthcare, and to enhance provider proficiency in evidence-based mental health care for veterans. She earned her Master of Health Sciences (MHS) at Louisiana State University and has a Graduate Certificate in Women in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Massachusetts - Boston.
Margaret Harrell, PhD
Dr. Margaret “Meg” Harrell is the Chief Program Officer at the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF). Prior to BWF, she was the Executive Director of the Office of Force Resiliency for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). There she was responsible for developing policies, providing oversight, and integrating activities pertaining to sexual assault prevention and response, suicide prevention, diversity management, equal opportunity, drug reduction, and personnel safety. She was also responsible for Department of Defense collaborative efforts with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Dr. Harrell was a senior social scientist and Deputy Director of the RAND Arroyo Center, where she researched military manpower and personnel, military families and quality of life, and veterans’ issues. She led or co-led projects addressing officer career management; the promotion and management of generals and admirals; assignment policies for military women; the health and wellness of veterans; resiliency of military families; and sexual-assault prevention and response policy. Her research portfolio includes approximately 70 publications. Concurrent with her time at RAND, Dr. Harrell served as a presidential appointee to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, 2013-2014. From July 2011 to August 2012, Dr. Harrell served as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, where her research focused on military veteran suicide prevention and response, veteran wellness, and veteran employment. She is a prior voting member of the Army Science Board. She also has also briefed international audiences, testified before Congress, spoken extensively at conferences, and guest lectured at the United States Military Academy. She holds a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia, an MS in Systems Analysis and Management from the George Washington University, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia, where her dissertation focused on the role expectations for Army spouses.
Terri Tanielian, MA
Terri Tanielian is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Tanielian is a nationally recognized expert in military and veteran’s health policy. Her research interests include access to and quality of care for service-connected health problems, particularly mental health conditions; military suicide; military sexual assault; military families; veteran caregivers; and psychological and behavioral effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters. She employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses in her work, as well as environmental scans of existing policies, programs and services. Tanielian currently serves as RAND liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs and as a Senior Fellow in the Military Service Initiative for the George W. Bush Institute. She formerly directed RAND’s Center for Military Health Policy Research, overseeing RAND's diverse military health research portfolio. In this role, she interacted regularly with senior military health officials to identify and develop policy-relevant studies and advise on the use of findings to improve decision making. Tanielian was co-study director for RAND’s seminal study Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, the first non-governmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. She won the AcademyHealth Impact Award for this work in 2011. She was also the principal investigator for RAND’s comprehensive study of military and veteran caregivers titled Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers. She led the first ever prospective longitudinal study of military families across the deployment cycle, the Deployment Life Study. She has conducted several needs assessments examining the challenges and issues facing veterans living in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts and in New York State. Her studies have also examined the readiness of private sector health providers to deliver high-quality care to veterans. She also led a study examining community-based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families under the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, as well as a consensus building effort to design a Blueprint for Future Research on Veteran Caregiving. Tanielian has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has served on many advisory committees and expert panels related to veteran mental health policy, public health preparedness, and homeland security. Tanielian has an M.A. in psychology from the American University.