MSKC Overview

Fostering groundbreaking and transformative research.

Research is critical to improve the lives of military service members, Veterans, and their families. Whether it’s transitioning after service, healing from injuries, advancing technologies to optimize performance, or improving access to services, the CVC’s Military Service Knowledge Collaborative (MSKC) fosters collaboration for innovative discovery. Through research projects, educational programming, community events, and strategic partnering, you can play a role in creating and sharing knowledge that impacts—and transforms—our military-connected communities.

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Military Service Knowledge Collaborative

The issues impacting Military/Veteran communities are complex and cannot be solved in silos. Guided by the motto of “research with, not for Veterans,” the Military Service Knowledge Collaborative (MSKC) serves as a bridge, bringing together Military/Veteran communities and researchers to advance, translate, and disseminate knowledge. The MSKC accomplishes its mission of fostering collaboration between researchers and Military/Veteran communities through:

  1. Strategic Partnering between Military/Veteran communities and Illinois researchers to create collaborations that advance research and practice.
  2. Community Events that highlight pressing issues and bring together Military/Veteran communities with leading experts, researchers, clinicians, and policymakers to create change.
  3. Educational Programming that fuses the societal military-civilian divide and educates current and future professionals serving Military/Veteran communities.

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Join the MSKC

Joining the MSKC means becoming part of an ecosystem with a mission of improving the health and wellbeing for those who serve(d) in the military and their families. You do not have to be affiliated with the University of Illinois to join the MSKC—our goal is to create a national network of Military/Veteran communities and stakeholders to work with Illinois researchers; everyone is welcome. Membership is categorized in three ways: 1) stakeholders from Military/Veteran organizations, 2) military-connected individuals, and 3) Illinois researchers. For all three types, this free membership means you are included on our email listserv to receive regular newsletters and your information is stored in our database, which allows us to contact you for specific research opportunities that arise and match your expertise or interests. Click on the following links to learn more about what you can gain from joining and to sign up:

Research Published by MSKC Members

Military/Veteran Health & Wellbeing

2021 – Pain intensity and mental health quality of life in veterans with mental illnesses: the intermediary role of physical health and the ability to participate in activities

2020 – Communication Mediators of the Link Between Depressive Symptoms and Relationship Satisfaction Among Army Soldiers

2021 – Biopsychosocial factors and health outcomes associated with cannabis, opioids and benzodiazepines use among older veterans

2020 – Enhanced physical and cognitive performance in active duty Airmen: evidence from a randomized multimodal physical fitness and nutritional intervention

2019 – Acts of omission, altered worldviews, and psychological problems among military veterans

2019 – Evaluating the effectiveness of REBOOT Combat Recovery: A faith-based combat trauma resiliency program

2019 – Mental health symptoms and the reintegration difficulty of military couples following deployment: A longitudinal application of the relational turbulence model

2017 – Religiosity predicts posttraumatic growth following treatment in veterans with interpersonal trauma histories

2015 – Anhedonia in combat veterans with penetrating head injury

2014 – Vietnam’s Neuroscientific Legacy

2013 – Generalized Anxiety and Relational Uncertainty as Predictors of Topic Avoidance During Reintegration Following Military Deployment

2012 – Smoking Mediates the Effect of Conscientiousness on Mortality: The Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study

2011 – Depressive Symptoms and Mechanisms of Relational Turbulence as Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction Among Returning Service Members

2009 – The neural bases of key competencies of emotional intelligence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

2008 – Systematic human factors evaluation of a teledermatology system within the U.S. military

Military Families, Relationships, & Caregivers

2020 – Relationship changes of military couples during reintegration: A longitudinal analysis

2020 – Exploring the Role of Depressive Symptoms, Service Members, and Spousal Demographic Characteristics on Military Spousal Employment

2019 – A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Caregivers of Veterans

2019 – Feasibility of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Caregivers of Veterans: A Pilot Study

2018 – A grounded theory of online coping by parents of military service members

2018 – Communication in Online Forums About the Experience and Management of Relational Uncertainty in Military Life

2018 – Communication of military couples during deployment predicting generalized anxiety upon reunion

2018 – Relational turbulence and perceptions of partner support during reintegration after military deployment

2018 – Relational turbulence theory applied to the transition from deployment to reintegration

2017 – Military children’s difficulty with reintegration after deployment: A relational turbulence model perspective

2016 – Communication of Military Couples During Deployment and Reunion: Changes, Challenges, Benefits, and Advice

2016 – Relational turbulence among military couples after reunion following deployment

2015 – Privacy Management in the Military Family during Deployment: Adolescents’ Perspectives

2015 – Experiences of Military Youth During a Family Member’s Deployment: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities

2014 – Communication in military families across the deployment cycle

2014 – Communicative Experiences of Military Youth During a Parent’s Return Home from Deployment

2014 – Family relationships embedded in United States military culture

2014 – Relational Turbulence and the Post-deployment Transition: Self, Partner, and Relationship Focused Turbulence

2014 – Relational turbulence within military couples during reintegration following deployment

2013 – Depressive Symptoms, Relational Turbulence, and the Reintegration Difficulty of Military Couples Following Wartime Deployment

2013 – A relational turbulence model of military service members’ relational communication during reintegration

2012 – Experiences of U.S. military couples during the post-deployment transition: Applying the relational turbulence model

2012 – A mixed-method approach to understanding the experiences of non-deployed military caregivers

2010 – Children on the Homefront: The Experience of Children from Military Families

Military Culture & Diversity

Veterans in Higher Education

Women & Transgender Veterans | Gender in the Military

Veteran Employment

Veterans in the Justice System | Military Law