Centennial Speaker Series: “Serving Veterans: Research and Policy” on September 30

The Centennial Speaker Series kicks off with the first Research & Training Colloquium of the 2015-2016 school year, Serving Veterans: Research and Policy, at 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 30, in room #115 of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center at 11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. There will be a reception following this free event.

Two CEUs are available ($10 alumni; $25 non-alumni).


Sponsored by the Mandel School’s Office of Research Administration and the Doctoral Program, this year’s Research & Training Colloquia are “Featuring Our Own,” spotlighting speakers from the school’s doctoral and master’s alumni. For “Serving Veterans: Research and Policy” on September 30, the topics and speakers are:

“Research on Military Families and Deployment: Hero Stories and Horror Stories” presented by Mark Chapin, MSW, PhD 1995, LISW, BCD, who serves at the Team Leader at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ Annapolis Vet Center, where he specializes in addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marital/family therapy, mind-body medicine and community outreach. Dr. Chapin will address how for the last 14 years, families of military members have experienced deployment into the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq as a “normative crisis,” which most military families will experience at least once if not several times.  His presentation will discuss how McCubbin’s model of family resilience can be applied to research on the unique stressors and adaptations that families make during three phases of deployment. Dr. Chapin earned his PhD at the Mandel School and his MSW from the University of Maryland.

“Policy Perspectives on Serving Homeless Veterans” presented by Lisa M. Pape, MSSA 1990, LISW, who is the Executive Director of the VHA Homeless Programs Office for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Ms. Pape’s focus is on operationalizing plans and approaches designed to most effectively meet the needs of the nation’s veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. She will address how the VA has made ending veteran homelessness a top priority and has undertaken an unprecedented campaign to dramatically increase successful outcomes for veterans and their families. She will also discuss the importance and influential impact that research has on the implementation of policies.

This event will be live streamed. If you’d like to attend via live stream, click the remote access option when registering and you will be provided a link as the date approaches. No CEUs are available for people who attend via live stream.

Mandel School students receive two professional development hours for attending (online students who watch via livestream can receive 2 PD hours by submitting a brief summary to their field adviser). On-campus students can also visit with the speakers at 1:00 p.m. prior the colloquia for “Advice From Mandel School Alumni,” an informal session in the Mandel Center Lounge.