National Advisory Board
The National Advisory Board is composed of leaders in military, veteran, and academic communities, selected for their range of relevant expertise as well as their commitment to CIR’s mission. Board members are called upon to provide guidance and leadership with regard to CIR’s goals – particularly strategic partnership, leadership, and dissemination.
Kathryn Basham, PhD, MSW
Kathryn Basham is a Professor and Co-Director for the Doctoral Program at the Smith College School for Social Work. Her areas of interest include couple and family therapy, ethics and clinical social work, divorce research, and synthesis of theoretical models applied to clinical social work practice. She has participated in two congressionally-mandated committees and co-authored three texts published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM): PTSD: Diagnosis and Treatment; Physiologic, Psychological and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress; and TRICARE. In 2007, Dr. Basham was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Clinical Practitioner. Her recent work has focused on interventions with servicemembers, veterans and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and several Veterans Administration Medical Centers. Currently Dr. Basham is working with Dr. Jean La Terz on a pilot research study exploring the role of trauma-informed couple therapy with post-deployment couples.
Nancy Berglass is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for New American Security, the Director of the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF), and the Principal of Berglass Community Investment Consulting. Her work at the IADIF, an organization that has distributed nearly $250 million to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of men, women and families impacted by deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, has brought her to the forefront as one of the nation’s most innovative and strategic thinkers in the areas of the military, the nonprofit sector, and the field of organized philanthropy. Ms. Berglass also helped bring together and lead the Los Angeles Philanthropy and the Black Church Project. In 2008, Ms. Berglass received the Department of Defense Distinguished Humanitarian Award, and in 2010 she received the University of California Distinguished Social Sciences Alumni Award. She is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, and was selected as a Fellow to the Department of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.
Susan Fallon is the Senior Director of Business Development at Military Advantage, Inc./Monster Government Solutions. She is responsible for working to expand Military.com, a website that provides servicemembers, veterans, and their families with community connections, military news, benefits updates, military and veteran discounts, entertainment, as well as information about traveling, financing, careers, and education. Ms. Fallon specifically works with government agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations to expand Military.com’s online community, tools, and resources in the areas of military transition and veteran and spouse employment. Before joining Military Advantage, Inc., Ms. Fallon served as Senior Director of Corporate Development at the Navy League of the United States. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), as a Trustee of the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation, and as a Board Member of the Navy League National Capital Council.
Darc Keller, MHA
Darc Keller is a colonel in the National Guard and the Assistant State Surgeon for the California National Guard. He has over three decades of experience in the field of health care administration, which includes executive positions in the Los Angeles Medical Association, Foundation Health/Health Net, and Sutter Health and Valley Health Care Corporation.
James A. Martin, PhD, LCSW, BCD
James Martin is a tenured faculty member at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and a retired Army colonel with more than forty years of practice experience as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. A combat veteran, he was the senior Social Work Officer in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the Gulf War, and has been actively engaged in research and program development with numerous Active and Reserve Component military family and community human services programs since his retirement from the military. Dr. Martin has served both as a member of the Maryland Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board (2009-2011) and on the Council on Social Work Education Veterans’ Mental Health Taskforce. He has also served three terms on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Clinical Social Work.
David Riggs, PhD
David Riggs, a clinical research psychologist, is the Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) and has served in this position since the center’s founding in 2006. CDP trains military and civilian behavioral healthcare professionals to provide high-quality deployment related behavioral healthcare services to military personnel and their families. Before assuming the directorship of CDP, Dr. Riggs served as a clinical research psychologist at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as a staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boston. His work has focused on the development and dissemination of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders. Recently he has focused on the impact of PTSD and other anxiety disorders on the families directly affected. Dr. Riggs also serves as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Jeffery Wilkins, MD
Jeffery N. Wilkins is a Visiting Professor in the USC School of Social Work and Senior Scientific Advisor to the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR). He is also Director of the ACGME accredited Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Having successfully applied for two full-time Veterans Administration positions, Dr. Wilkins has now stationed the two Fellows at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles San Fernando Valley Adult Psychiatry Program. In his prior work at the Greater Los Angeles West Los Angeles VA, he was the Director of Substance Abuse and subsequently Medical Director for the VISN’s Homeless Veterans Programs. In the latter capacity, Dr. Wilkins’ database on treatment outcome of homeless veterans with substance abuse problems served for as an impetus for securing Congressional and Senate passage of a $25 million national program for providing housing to homeless veterans. His clinical research and laboratory investigations have received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Veterans Administration. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, from which he has also received added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Fellow of, and certified by, the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Wilkins also sits on numerous boards including the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the California Society of Addiction Medicine, and the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Awareness. He is the current President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine.