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SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families TA Center Presents: Key Transitions - Supporting the Behavioral Health of Women Veterans

Tue, May 7, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

Throughout history, women have served in the military in many different roles and are the fastest growing population of veterans.  From nursing roles to combat positions, women have fought valiantly for our country. Thus, it is important for community providers to understand the unique challenges women face as they transition from military service to civilian life and throughout each stage of their lives. Women service members and veterans have higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal ideation compared with their civilian counterparts – in fact, the suicide rate in 2016 was 1.8 times greater among women veterans than among non-veteran women. Providing community support that is sensitive to military culture, trauma, and gender is imperative.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is pleased to support this webinar focused on the unique behavioral health challenges facing women veterans and opportunities to implement best policies and practices for this growing population. This webinar will provide examples and resources to help participants better serve women veterans in their communities. 

Learning Objectives

  • Define the unique risk factors for women veterans’ behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and the psychological effects of war, military sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and suicide
  • Identify gaps in data, programs, and services for women veterans
  • Describe how we can build the behavioral health workforce’s capacity to provide women veterans with care that is sensitive to military culture, trauma, and gender at every stage of life
  • Illustrate opportunities for increased collaboration and coordination to improve access and quality of care
  • Discover simple, yet effective, strategies to improve your programs and services for women veterans

Angela Wright, J.D., Assistant Director, SMVF TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Laura Miller, M.D., Medical Director of Women’s Mental Health, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
Meaghan Mobbs, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Target Audience

Representatives serving SMVF from city, county, state, territory, and tribal behavioral health systems; health care providers; suicide prevention coordinators; mental health and addiction peers; military family coalitions and advocates.

Please note:
  • Participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers
  • Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast
  • The webinar archive will be made available to registrants after the webinar
  • Continuing education units are not available for this webinar
If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Philip Paty at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5272, or by email at

Presenter Biographies
Laura Miller, M.D. | Medical Director of Women’s Mental Health, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
Dr. Miller is a Special Projects Co-Lead for the national VA Women’s Mental Health Section, as well as Medical Director of Women’s Mental Health at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago. She has developed nationally award -winning women’s mental health services and educational programs, and has participated in numerous statewide and national women’s mental health policy initiatives. She has authored more than 75 articles and book chapters related to women’s mental health. She devotes her career to improving the mental health of women through clinical care, education and research.

Meaghan Mobbs, M.A. | Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
Ms. Mobbs graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics. She commissioned as a quartermaster officer and reported to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where she served as an aerial delivery officer and became a platoon leader. After successful completion of Jumpmaster school and the Joint Airdrop Inspector course she was selected to command an aerial delivery detachment and led the unit in Afghanistan. Ms. Mobbs graduated with her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University. She is a Tillman Military Scholar, a two-time Noble Argus scholarship recipient, and a National Military Family Association scholarship recipient. Ms. Mobbs is married to CPT Michael Mobbs and has two daughters, Pepper (3 yo) and Madison (2 yo).
Angela Wright, J.D. | Assistant Director, SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Ms. Wright is the Assistant Director for SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc.  Her areas of interest include military and veterans’ health policy, the psychological effects of combat, suicide prevention, military families, and caregiving.  Ms. Wright provides leadership for SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center team, overseeing the delivery of technical assistance to states and territories working to improve the behavioral health systems that serve SMVF.  For the past four years, she has led and managed a diverse set of SMVF projects related to strengthening the interagency collaboration of governor-appointed military and civilian state teams.  She has served as a facilitator and has presented on the topics of military culture and caregiving.  Prior to joining the SMVF TA Center, Ms. Wright attended law school and worked in firms focused on veterans’ disability law and military health advocacy among other areas of law.  Ms. Wright received her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in health law from Saint Louis University School of Law.  While in law school, she served as a staff editor on the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy.  She is a United States Air Force veteran, as well as a spouse and caregiver of an Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran.

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