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Army FAP Site Coordinators

Jamie Anderson

In 2010, I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's degree in psychology. As an undergraduate, I had the unique opportunity to work with the active duty military population at in the Urgent Care and Triage Center on Fort Hood, Texas. In addition to conducting triage assessments and intakes, performing psych testing for the clinic, and educating providers on the non-behavioral health resources available to our soldiers and their families, I also performed traumatic event management with individuals directly impacted following the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood massacre. It was there that my love for working with soldiers and their families began.

Upon graduating, I gained experience working on two acute psychiatric inpatient units before settling down as the site coordinator (at the Fort Hood site) for the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While at STRONG STAR, I coordinated three research studies on behalf of remote principal investigators:

  1. Comparing Internet and In-Person Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Insomnia (PI: Dr. Daniel Taylor). This study compared internet-based and in-person brief cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in the active duty population. In addition to identifying the benefits of these interventions on the improvement of sleep, this study also looked at improvements in other co-morbid disorders (such as substance abuse, depression, and PTSD).
  2. Neuroimaging Studies of PTSD and PTSD Treatment among Combat Veterans (PI: Dr. Peter Fox). This study assessed the underlying neuroanatomical pathology of PTSD, the underlying pathophysiology of PTSD, and neurobiological changes associated with successful PTSD treatment among combat veterans.
  3. Genetic and Environmental Predictors of Combat-Related PTSD (PI: Dr. Douglas Williamson). This study examined assessments and biological data from service members, before and after deployment, to examine the interaction and influence of genetic and environmental factors on PTSD predisposition. In addition, the study aimed to identify genetic risk factors and explore how they contribute to the onset of PTSD, while keeping prevention and treatment efforts in mind.

David Ascher

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I double majored in psychology and social welfare at U.C. Berkeley (Go Bears!). My Masters degree (Community Counseling) is from the University of Idaho and I completed my PhD (Counselor Education) in 2011 at the University of Central Florida. Last summer my wife rescued a duckling. We thought it would be easy to find him a home, but that didn’t happen. Dexter mostly stays outside, but in the evenings we let him inside the house and he waddles around in his duck diaper. We also have a dog. And two teenagers. The Army/NYU investigation is important and I am happy to be a part. Life is good. 

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I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2006 and then graduated in May 2017 with my Master of Social Work from Salisbury, Maryland. I became licensed as a social worker through the State of Colorado in July 2017. During my undergraduate work, I assisted in a research lab studying child emotional affect. Prior to working with FTRG I worked with the military community through Army Community Service in Germany. I have also had the opportunity to work with inpatient adolescent substance abuse treatment in Northern New York. I was fortunate enough to be hired as a Site Coordinator at Fort Drum for the current research being conducted in partnership between Army Medical Command and the FTRG in July 2016. My experience with the Army Family has spanned 14 years, both as a spouse of a soldier and as an employee of Army Community Service. I truly enjoy being a part of the research helping the Army identify the strongest model for abuse substantiation.

Guadalupe Drazkowski

I doubled majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Park University in El Paso, TX in 2006. I started out working with truancy projects and later became involved in at-risk youth counseling. In 2008 I became a manager for a substance abuse program for youth. My position motivated me to go back to school and work on my masters. I graduated with my Masters in Public Management in 2009.

Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to be involved in mental health, counseling, management, investigation of child abuse and now working as a researcher for NYU. I look forward to this amazing experience, as it will allow me to continue to grow as a professional and person.

Paulette Graham

I graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor's degree in social work, and received a Master's degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I spent the first six years of my career working with children and adolescents and their families in a variety of settings including, in-patient, outpatient and residential facilities. In 1997, I went to work for the Little Rock Air Force base as a Family Advocacy Treatment Manager, and became the Family Advocacy officer in 2006. I retired from Family Advocacy in 2011, but I have continued to work for the Air Force providing training for new Family Advocacy Officers on the Central Registry Board process and in using the decision tree. I am also a member of a training team that trains military providers in Structured Child Interviewing. During my years working for the Air Force, I was involved in beta testing the Family Advocacy System of Records and in assisting with the revising and editing of the Family Advocacy Standards. I am passionate about the mission of Family Advocacy and believe whole-heartedly in the process of assuring consistency in determining maltreatment cases and in the services offered to the families. I am thrilled to be a part of this proven process and a member of FTRG.  

Andrew Phelps

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Missouri State in 2006. I am currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Newman University in Colorado Springs, with an expected graduation date of May 2017. I have spent the last three years assisting military veterans experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. I have been involved with outreach, volunteer coordinating, policy development, and the implementation of best practices on a community level. I also spent time as an intern at the Colorado Springs Mayor’s Office where I did best practice research on the need for a homeless day center in Colorado Springs. I am excited to work with the FTRG and continue to pursue my interests in research and the advancement of best practices. 

William Stucker

I have an undergraduate degree in theology and a Master's degree in clinical psychology. I was in the Army for 11 years as a tanker. I did a couple tours to Iraq, Kuwait, and Korea. I am originally from upstate New York (Syracuse area). After this project is completed I plan on applying to a couple clinical psychology PhD. programs, and after school, I plan on working in the VA system or for the DoD helping Soldiers in some way. 

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