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Gender in the Military Conference

This event was canceled due to government shutdown.

October 9-11, 2013:

      Gender issues have become increasingly visible in the military. There are growing numbers of military-involved women, policy changes to broaden their military career opportunities, and the removal of barriers to lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer persons serving openly in the military.  Additionally, there has been increased attention to military sexual trauma and intimate partner violence among military service members. However, little interdisciplinary dialogue has focused on the role of gender and how gender-specific initiatives might inform policy.  Social service and legal systems are beginning to explore what they can do.

Please join the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence & Victimization and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester, the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the University of Buffalo School of Law for a three-day discussion about gender issues that affect military-involved families, including: interpersonal violence and gender-based trauma, parenting and childcare during deployment, reproductive health, masculinity and military identity, gender identity and policies regarding transgender individuals, sexual orientation and same-sex relationships.  Generations of veterans, as well as currently deployed service members and their families, have lived experiences that affect their mental and physical health.  Consider how gender plays a role in these experiences and how we can improve services for these individuals and families.

This program qualifies for 2.0 credits in the area of Skills  and qualifies for transitional credit (appropriate for newly admitted attorneys).

SUNY Buffalo Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York for the period of March 11, 2011 – March 10, 2014. SUNY Buffalo Law School has a financial hardship policy. For further information on our policy, contact Lisa Mueller, CLE Coordinator at (716) 645-3176.

Part 1: Two-Day Conference
October 9-10
RIT Conference Center
Rochester, NY

The two-day conference (October 9-10) is based on Community-Based Participatory Research principles and invites researchers and practitioners alike to share their expertise.  The goal is to begin a dialogue on how to integrate science into policy and provide opportunities for networking to further enhance research and practice.

Presentations are sought that discuss innovative research on gender in the military, as well as services provided that target physical and mental health for military-involved families.  A poster session on October 9th will provide the opportunity for dialogue across agencies to enhance integrated services.

Conference Fees:
$30- Wednesday (includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and 1-hour open bar during the reception)
$50 Thursday (includes a lunch buffet)


Conference Itinerary:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013:

5:00-5:30 — Welcome – Eric Caine, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry

5:30-6:30 — John R. Blosnich, PhD, MPH, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Pittsburgh, PA

LGBT health research, clinical training, and education in the Department of Veteran Affairs

6:30-6:45 — Readings of Veteran Works

6:45-8:30 — Cocktail Reception & Poster Session                                  

Thursday, October 10, 2013:


Morning Session

8:00-9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Welcome –  Kenneth Conner, PsyD, MPH
Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry;  Canandaigua VA Medical Center of Excellence
9:15-10:15 Aaron Belkin, PhD, Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University

How We Won: Moving Research into Practice Regarding Sexuality, Gender and Gender Identity in the Military

10:15-11:15 Jillian C. Shipherd, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist/ National Center for PTSD- Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD) & LGBT Program Coordinator for Patient Care Services VA Central Office, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Sexual & Gender Minority Veterans

11:15-12:15 Melissa Dichter, PhD, Health Science Specialist/ Associate Director of Research and Model Development, VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD from the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

Gender Differences in Homelessness Risk among Veterans


LUNCH BREAK (Buffet lunch provided)


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Salon D/E

Salon B

Salon C

1:30-2:30 Military Involved FamiliesAlisa Hathaway, LCSW-R, EdD,
Jody Manly, PhDPromoting Emotional Adjustment in Children Experiencing ChallengesJustin Russotti, BA, Alisa Hathaway, Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhDExamining the Psychosocial Needs of Military Involved Families  
Deployed and Returning Females in the Military: Experiences with Trauma and Sexual ViolenceStephanie Felder, MSW, LCSW, BCD

The Road to Recovery: Ending Homelessness Among United States Female Veterans


LGBT Issues in the MilitaryEllen C. Schell, Esq.

Gender in the Military:  Legal Issues and Remedies


Kimberly B. Bonner

What Will Change For Women and Lesbians in the Post “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” American Military?


(1.0 Skills CLE)

2:30-3:30 Gender & Suicide

Catherine Cerulli, PhD, JD

Examining Differences Between Female and Male Veteran Suicide Attempts


Claire Hoffmire, PHD

The Role of Gender in Understanding Veteran Suicide Rates


(1.0 Skills CLE)


Women in the Military

Brooke Di Leone, PhD

“To care for him who shall have borne battle”: Factors associated with women’s veteran identity


Melissa Dichter, PhD

Premature Separation: Circumstances around women Leaving Military Service and Opportunities to Prevent Premature Separation 


Meet the Author

Aaron Belkin discussing his book:Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire,” a study of contradictions in American warrior masculinity, published by Oxford University Press.



Conference Commences

Please join us for a free movie:

When Women Come Marching Home (55 mins)

Post-screening discussion led by Alicia Thompson, a local veteran featured in the film


Part 2: Stanton Anthony Conversations Luncheon and Panel Discussion
October 11
University of Rochester River Campus
Rochester, NY

October 11th will conclude the three-day series with the Stanton-Anthony Conversations & Luncheon held at the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester River Campus.  A luncheon, followed by a panel discussion, will address myriad opinions about women in the military and current national policies addressing their gender-specific needs.

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