Dr. Emily Schmied , Assistant Professor at San Diego State University School of Public Health (Health Promotion & Behavioral Science), has been awarded two grants for research on Military Behavioral Health. The first grant is a $117,000 award from the Military Suicide Research Consortium. The study will investigate the effects of suicide exposure among active duty service members and it will be completed in collaboration with other leading military researchers. The second grant, which is a collaboration with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International , was received from the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC). The award will fund the development and evaluation of sexual assault and alcohol misuse prevention training in military settings for Air Force cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Dr. Schmied’s interest in military health stems from a personal interest; she was raised in a military family and saw firsthand the unique lifestyle and risks that the service members face in their line of work. Dr. Schmied recognizes that the military lifestyle comes with increased risks of adverse mental health outcomes such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Both of Dr. Schmied’s projects are collaborations– she is partnering with colleagues and clinical psychologists to get a clinical perspective and to maximize the impact of her research. By bridging the connections in her research collaborations, Dr. Schmied is helping SDSU bolster its position in the military research landscape.
Using her expertise in Health Promotion, Dr. Schmied hopes to maximize military service members’ health and help reduce adverse health outcomes. Ideally, these studies will impact all active duty service members and their families. The long term goal is to not only maximize the health and performance of service members while they are on active duty, but also as they become veterans and rejoin the civilian communities. By minimizing the stress that active duty service members experience, we can maximize their health and well-being as they transition back into the civilian world.