Supporting soldiers, families affected by deployment topic of March 27 talk at URI

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KINGSTON, R.I. –March 6, 2008—Members of the University of Rhode Island’s Psychology Department will discuss the effects of military deployment, focusing specifically on deployed persons, returning veterans, and their families. The talk, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Atrium 2, Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Road, Kingston, Campus.

Paul Bueno de Mesquita, professor of psychology, and doctoral students Megan Frost, Grace Janusis, and Lora Scagliola in the University’s School Psychology Program will review the three stages of deployment (pre-deployment, deployment, and return from deployment). Stressors on soldiers and families and other loved ones will be discussed as well as resources to help them cope with the different stages.

The talk follows a presentation at the national meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, held last month in New Orleans, where the URI team discussed the stressors on children and families of members of the military being deployed, and possible interventions to help the children and families cope with the challenges they face during these different stages. The URI presentation is an extension of that talk.

The presentation is part of an ongoing effort of the URI Supports Student Veterans, a University group of students, staff and faculty formed last fall to address issues faced by student veterans. The group has been working to improve access and information for veterans and their loved ones, to raise faculty and staff awareness, and to support the establishment of a student organization. For more information about URI Supports Student Veterans call Fran Cohen, dean of students, 874-2101.