Military Families

Military families – whether serving now or in the past – have stepped forward to take on difficult challenges on behalf of our nation. These families have much to teach us about both strength and vulnerability, and supporting them while and following their service presents important policy and programmatic challenges for government, employers, and communities. Researchers in our department and across Purdue are addressing questions related to changes in families as they experience challenging transitions, the development of military-connected children, youth and young adults, the effectiveness of programs serving military families, and ways to address families’ needs in the future.

Faculty Research

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth’s research focuses on military families as service members and family members encounter the seminal challenges of military life, including relocation, separation, and exposure to dangerous and difficult work.

Maggie O'Haire

One of Dr. O’Haire’s main ongoing research projects examines the effects of service dogs on military members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as their spouses and children.



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