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Research Update: 21 January 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Identifying signals associated with psychiatric illness utilizing language and images posted to Facebook.
● Emotional processes in binge drinking: A systematic review and perspective.
● Cannabis use among military veterans: A great deal to gain or lose?

Staff Perspective: Winter Reflections on the Summer Institute

Dr. Libby Parins

Each winter I write about the Center for Deployment Psychology’s Summer Institute (CDPSI) being a fantastic opportunity for doctoral students considering a career as a military psychologist to learn about military psychology, internships, and career paths. Typically, the CDPSI is an in-person, five-day course held on the campus of the Uniformed Services Health Science University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. As with most other in-person events in 2020, the CDPSI was converted to an online event last summer due to COVID-19. 

Research Update: 14 January 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Associations Between Service Members’ Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Partner Accommodation Over Time.
● An examination of the mental health and academic performance of student veterans.
● Management of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans and Military Service Members: A Review of Pharmacologic and Psychotherapeutic Interventions Since 2016.

Staff Perspective: Gratitude as Self-Care

Dr. Kevin Holloway

Many of you reading this now will likely agree with me that we’re looking forward to this new year. 2020 was certainly a year of upheaval, disconnection, distress, and for many people, significant loss. Indeed, all of us have experienced loss to one degree or another, whether that is loss of a loved one, income, ease of movement, or peace. Added to that is significant political discord, struggle for social justice, unjustified death and suffering, and disagreement on basic truth. It is easy to point to multiple examples of things we won’t miss about 2020

By the Numbers: 11 January 2021

71%

The percentage of "young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24" who are "currently ineligible for military service, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a history of crime or substance abuse," according to a letter sent in mid-December to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller from Mission: Readiness, " a nonpartisan organization of nearly 800 retired admirals and generals." 

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