Webinar Series – Post-9/11 U.S. Veterans: Program Use Among Those with Psychological Symptoms and Barrier Reduction Strategies Provided by Veteran-Serving Programs

July 7, 2020

You are invited to join us for another Webinar in the Series on Military Transition and Wellbeing in 2020 developed by ASCN (New Zealand).  In this Webinar we will be continuing our discussion on the theme of Wellbeing by considering the topic of:

“Post-9/11 U.S. Veterans: Program Use Among Those with Psychological Symptoms and Barrier Reduction Strategies Provided by Veteran-Serving Programs.”

In this Webinar Dr Perkins and Dr Aronson will share their insights on the use of health services among post-9/11 U.S. veterans with psychological symptoms and barrier reduction strategies in veteran-serving programs drawn from their research and continuing work with Military, Veterans and Families.



Dr Daniel F, Perkins

Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy, and

Principal Scientist and Founder of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Pennsylvania State University

Dr Keith R. Aronson

Associate Director of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, and

Senior Research Associate Department of Biobehavioral Health

Pennsylvania State University

Date:           Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Time:         New Zealand      10.00am – 12.00pm (NZ) * (GMT +11 Hours)

Australia                     8.00 am Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane

The Netherlands        12.00 am Amsterdam, Wednesday 5th of August

The UK                       11.00 pm London, Tuesday 5th of August

Canada                       6.00 pm Toronto, 3.00 pm Vancouver, Tuesday 5th of August

The USA                     6.00 pm New York, 3.00 pm Los Angeles, Tuesday 5th of August

There will be a one hour presentation followed by a one hour interactive Q&A session that will allow participants to ask Dr Perkins & Dr Aronson questions about points raised in the presentation or current issues on transition related to their work.



To participate in this Webinar with Dr Perkins & Dr Aronson Register at:


When you have registered you will receive information on how to access the webinar online

If you have any queries regarding the Webinars or Registration, Email the ASCN (New Zealand) Secretariat at ascn.nz@gmail.com.



Dr Daniel F. Perkins

Dr Perkins is a Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also principal scientist and founder of an applied research centre, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State (http://www.militaryfamilies.psu.edu/).

He has been designing and evaluating strengths-based family and youth development programs in 4-H and Cooperative Extension and leading complex projects for more than 20 years.

Dr. Perkins was a co-principal investigator on The Veteran Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being study (TVMI study), which was a large-scale longitudinal study of transition veterans that recently completed data collection.  On the TVMI study, he leads efforts to characterize programs veterans use as they reintegrate into civilian life and distil the programs into their common components.

Ultimately, he is examining the link between common program components and veteran well-being throughout the transition process.

Dr. Perkins just recently completed an appointment as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families.

Keith R. Aronson, Ph.D

Dr Keith Aronson, is the Associate Director of the Clearinghouse for Military family Readiness and is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University.

He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Penn State, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from Rutgers University.

Dr. Aronson’s research focuses on the impact of chronic daily stress on one’s health and well-being and examines how stress relates to health behaviors (e.g., smoking, drinking) and the experience of daily somatic symptoms.

Dr. Aronson has received external funding for his research from the National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, the Department of Defense, the United States Army, the United States Air Force, and the United States Marine Corps. He also has a private practice in clinical psychology. Prior to his academic career, he worked for over a decade in sales, marketing, and management.

His father was a WWII Army Veteran who saw heavy combat in North Africa and Italy.



This series of real time education and information sharing webinars has been developed by ASCN a Not For Profit organisation in collaboration with Veterans Affairs New Zealand, the NZ Defence Force and its partners in the each of the 5 Eyes Countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom).

The Webinars in the Transition series are being presented by International Thought Leaders and Researchers from each of the 5 Eyes Countries and Robert Lippiatt from ASCN is chairing the Webinar series. Robert has had significant international experience chairing and facilitating Defence and Veterans Forums

Each Webinar will cover the key issues and insights on Military Veteran Transition and post service life gained through research and other ongoing work with military members, veterans and their families in the relevant country.

Watch out for information and registration instructions for the next set of Webinars in the series which will be continuing through the rest of 2020

If you require any additional information on these Webinars or would like to register your interest in participating in the rest of the Webinar series please contact Steve Shamy at the ASCN (New Zealand) Secretariat at email ascn.nz@gmail.com.



ASCN (New Zealand) in conjunction with ASCN (Australia) form the Trans Tasman Australasian Services Care Network (ASCN).

This Not for profit Network acts as a neutral and independent hub for discussion and action by Government, Research, Service Providers and Advocacy on health and wellbeing questions and issues that impact military, veterans, public safety officers and their families in both countries.

It is committed to improving the life-long health and wellbeing of current and former members of the Defence Force (Regular and Reserve), Public Safety Organisations and their Families.