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RMHC Assistant Professor Awarded VA Funding

Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD, CRC, CVE, CLCP, has been awarded $27,990 in funding from the Veteran's Administration to conduct research on Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation of Veterans with Deployment-related Stress. Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga will provide subject matter expertise while also assisting in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, as well as report, presentation, and manuscript preparation. Many Veterans are at a higher risk for experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and may also experience increased rates of unemployment compared to civilian populations. Unemployment is linked to decreased physical and mental health. To support recent efforts to provide the highest quality of care to Veterans, Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) has been identified as a key outcome of long-term health and well-being. TBI and PTSD has been associated with reduced HRQOL. Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga is currently an investigator on three other Veterans Administration grants: 'Action Ethnography of Community Reintegration for Veterans with TBI', 'Measuring Quality of Life in Veterans with Deployment Related PTSD (DR-PTSD)', and Community-Based Agricultural Initiatives for Transitioning Veterans. For this current grant which is funded 10/1/2015-9/30/2016, Dr. Dillahunt-Aspillaga will be working with Gail Powell-Cope, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, the Tampa Site Co-Director of the HSR&D/RR&D Center of Innovation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CIDRR8) at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. She holds adjunct faculty positions in the Colleges of Nursing, Public Health and Engineering at the University of South Florida. Read more...

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