On Tuesday, March 6, Dr. Lisa Conboy visited the USC School of Social Work to present preliminary findings from her work on measuring the efficacy of acupuncture as treatment for Gulf War Illness (GWI). A video of her presentation, entitled “The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Gulf War Illness: Research Design and Preliminary Data,” is now available online. Slides from her presentation can be downloaded here.
Dr. Lisa Conboy is a social epidemiologist and a sociologist with an interest in the associations between social factors and health. She is published in the areas of Women’s Health, Mind-Body Medicine, and qualitative research methodology. An Instructor at the Osher Center for Clinical Therapies and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, she is also the research director and part-time faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture where she teaches research methodology. She is also a founding member of the Kripalu research collaborative which examines the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and other holistic and mind-body therapies.
On January 26, Colonel Gary Packard was hosted by CIR to speak about the process and considerations involved in the Department of Defense’s repeal of its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. Col. Packard is currently the Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the Air Force Academy, and led the team that drafted DoD’s plan to implement the repeal of DADT. He spoke about the lead-up to the repeal and the process of evaluation that took place before the policy was changed.
In February 2010, during his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen stated that he was troubled that servicemembers were “[forced to] lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” Adm. Mullen called for the repeal of DADT and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates supported the repeal on behest of President Barack Obama, who had called for an end to the policy the week before in his State of the Union speech.
Before enacting a repeal of DADT, however, DoD conducted an extensive survey of its personnel to determine what the effect of the repeal would be. In May 2010, a working group was formed to research the impact of the repeal on servicemembers and military readiness, how other militaries or institutions enacted ‘serve openly’ policies, and the process through which the policy might be practically changed. Based on the recommendations of this working group, nearly 2 million active-duty and reserve servicemembers were trained in preparation for the repeal of DADT, which officially ended in September 2011.
To view video of this event and Col. Packard’s presentation materials, click here.
On January 18, 2011, the School of Social work and CIR hosted a conference on wounded warrior care. The conference, Wounded Warriors: Healing the Mind, Body and Soul, brought together experts and professionals from the United States and Canada to discuss and share innovative and best practices for the holistic treatment of military servicemembers and veterans from both countries.
The event was sponsored by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, and the Canadian Forces.
To view video of the conference, please see links below:
Wounded Warriors Conference (Part 1)
Wounded Warriors Conference (Part 2)