Senior Research Associate

Deborah Bradbard serves as a Senior Research Associate at the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) where she focuses on veteran and military spouse employment and military financial readiness and transition. Previously, she served as the Director of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families (BSF) and one of the primary authors of the 2013 and 2014 Blue Star Families Annual Lifestyle survey whose results have influenced policy on mental health, military spouse employment, and military child education.

Her work on military families, military spouse employment and military financial literacy have been cited by the White House, members of Congress, CNN, the Center for Deployment Psychology, The American Psychological Association (APA), The Society for Human Resource Management Foundation (SHRM) and the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Brain Injury (DCoE).

Dr. Bradbard frequently serves as a guest speaker for national conferences, educating providers, policy makers, and elected officials about the mental health needs of military families. Dr. Bradbard previously worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton providing subject matter expertise and developing hands-on products focused on a variety of military mental health issues including PTSD, military sexual trauma, suicide, domestic violence, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Bradbard received her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. Specialty areas include community collaboration, program evaluation, workforce development, military families and children, and military mental health.