Congratulations to Valerie Wood, PhD, recipient of the 2019 Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award!

Each year, the Vanier Institute of the Family recognizes high-quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health with the Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award, delivered annually at Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum events.

Dr. Wood was recognized at Forum 2019 as the lead author of Reunited, but He’s Not Meeting My Needs: Spouses’ Attachment Anxiety and Conflict Post-Deployment – a study exploring the role of adult attachment in spousal adjustment to military deployment experiences (abstract available on p. 20 of the Forum 2019 Abstracts overview). Findings from this research provide valuable insights for counsellors helping military families during the post-deployment reunion transition, and for programs and services that support the quality of life of military families.

Valerie Wood is a Program Associate in the Psychology Department at Queen’s University. She completed her PhD in Social Psychology, in which she focused on the role of adult attachment in spousal adjustment to military deployment experiences. More recently, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship under one of CIMVHR’s Advanced Analytics Initiatives, the #Here4U project focused on leveraging IBM’s Watson Assistant chatbot capabilities in a mobile application to support the mental health of military members, Veterans and their families.

Previous recipients of this award include Deborah Norris, PhD, Alyson Mahar, PhD, Heidi Cramm, PhD and Alla Skomorovsky, PhD.

Learn more about the Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award


Posted on October 24, 2019