Deborah Bradbard serves as a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Previously, she served as the Director of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families and was 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. The results of the survey and her work on financial literacy, have been cited by the White House, members of Congress, CNN, the Center for Deployment Psychology, and the Defense Center of Excellence.
Dr. Bradbard frequently serves as a guest speaker, educating providers, policymakers, and elected officials about the mental health needs of military families. She has been a subject matter expert on national news programs such as MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR. 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, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury.
Along with her family, Dr. Bradbard has experienced 15 military moves including PCS moves to both Germany and Japan. Her husband completed his eighth operational deployment in 2012 and retired from the US Navy in 2014.
Dr. Bradbard received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and is an affiliated faculty member at George Mason University.