Senior Director | Research and Policy

Nicholas Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Nick Armstrong is the senior director for research and evaluation at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. Serving in this role since 2014, Armstrong developed and leads a multi-disciplinary team comprised of social, behavioral, and data scientists, student analysts, and an extended network of affiliated scholars and experts. He manages a broad portfolio of sponsored research, program measurement, and evaluation efforts to inform the social, economic, wellness, and related policy concerns of the nation’s veterans and their families. In addition, Armstrong is responsible for the IVMF’s data analytics, quality, and decision support activities that guide the Institute’s operations to serve, annually, more than 20,000 veterans and family members nationwide and abroad.

Armstrong earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, both focused on public management and international security. Prior to joining the IVMF, Armstrong was a research fellow for six years at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism where he led public and privately funded projects on topics including security force assistance and advising, wartime contracting, postwar stabilization, and community resilience. His work in the field of national security and veterans policy has been featured or cited in various media such as NPR, CBS Radio, Federal News Radio, Government Matters, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. He has also published journal articles, chapters, and professional reports in outlets such as Translational Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Homeland Security Affairs, and the Small Wars Journal.

Armstrong began his career as a U.S. Army field artillery officer upon graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2000. In the Army, he served seven years on active duty, including nearly three years deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), during which he received two Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Action Badge, among other commendations. In addition, Armstrong served as a speechwriter to the commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, NY, as well as aide-de-camp to the division’s deputy commanding general. Armstrong is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger Schools.

Armstrong is an adjunct faculty member in the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs. He also serves on the advisory board of the Central New York Research Corporation, the nonprofit arm of the Syracuse, Canandaigua, and Bath VA Medical Centers that supports and oversees sponsored research activities.

Originally from mid-Michigan, Armstrong enjoys home remodeling by hobby as well as cycling, CrossFit, and endurance sports, having completed several marathons and triathlons including the JFK 50 Ultramarathon and Ironman Lake Placid (140.6).