Talking Mental Fitness at TEDx

Talking Mental Fitness at TEDx

We hear a lot these days about stress and when we do, the conversation often focuses on avoiding it or managing it. What if that isn’t actually useful? [embed]https://youtu.be/NAHcLvbqqxs?t=2[/embed] Stress has a purpose. Stress is opportunity. To respond well to...

Service Women & Veterans

Service Women & Veterans

I'm increasingly passionate about the issues military women face before, during, and after service. A strong body of research points to a significant correlation between expectations and performance. When students are told they’re gifted, their academic performance...

Social Health is Not a Luxury Item

Social Health is Not a Luxury Item

Here’s the truth about human health – nothing will kill you faster than loneliness. We know all of this because scientists have studied social cohesion from a variety of angles and proven that disconnection is dangerous! We’ve studied partner relationships,...

What Is a Winning Mind?

What Is a Winning Mind?

I spend a lot of time these days helping people become more resilient. I think I am passionate about it because in the past I have flopped SO spectacularly. My mistakes almost leveled me. When I left the Marine Corps, I had a hard time carving a new identity for...

Spiritual Fitness with Poema Podcast

Spiritual Fitness with Poema Podcast

I love talking with James Prescott. The author of Mosaic of Grace and host of the James Talks podcast is always up for discussing how much spirituality matters to health. I often bring a colleague to join our conversations, which has made for some really fun episodes....

Invisible Veterans: Military Women and Resilient Leadership

Invisible Veterans: Military Women and Resilient Leadership

I gave a talk I'd always hoped to at the TEDx Tuscaloosa event called Invisible Veterans: Military Women & Resilient Leadership. Because I'm so professionally and personally invested in these issues, few speeches have ever felt as intimidating and...

Talking Yoga with Huff Post

Talking Yoga with Huff Post

I was honored to share my thoughts on yoga as a healing modality for military veterans with the Huffington Post today. I got to use a lot of personal pronouns and tell a few stories. This is rare - I'm usually discussing the subject with my researcher's hat on. Learn...

Partner Violence Issues Facing Military Women

Partner Violence Issues Facing Military Women

This week, I decided to share something personal on Task & Purpose, even though that is downright unpleasant to do. There's a point in doing it, however, and I hope it strikes you as relevant. As many of you know, I do a bit of guest blogging for sites like Social...

Literary Narratives: Vet Stories in O-Dark-Thirty

Literary Narratives: Vet Stories in O-Dark-Thirty

Dr. Brene Brown says, "Stories are data with a soul." They normalize, they create opportunities to connect, and they heal. Sharing stories matters, which is why it was such a pleasure to attend the launch party for the latest issue of O-Dark-Thirty in Bethesda. Having...

Podcasts: Listen to learn more

Podcasts: Listen to learn more

Tired of reading my long blogs? How about a great, downloadable podcast so we can talk #vethealth on the move like this one with Life in Focus? Every now and again I get the chance to discuss my resiliency research with an interviewer interested in spending some...

Depression Symptoms in Veterans: New Research

Depression Symptoms in Veterans: New Research

Can we predict which veterans are most at risk for post-service problems with depression or stress injury? Our team's research has been published in the latest Military Behavioral Health. Check out the downloadable article! To explore diagnosed depression and symptoms...

Can Fitness Be Feminist?

Can Fitness Be Feminist?

Does contemporary fitness in the United States fit in with feminist empowerment narratives, or is it all about the size of your jeans? Fitness in contemporary society can often be accused of working in diametric opposition to celebratory expressions of physicality. So...

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