Veteran Spouse Network

Leadership

Project Lead • Elisa Vinson Borah, Ph.D.

Picture of Dr. Borah. Elisa V. Borah is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. In addition to serving as project lead for the VSN, she recently conducted an evaluation of the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network, with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and is co-chairing the Fourth Annual Military Social Work Conference at the University of Texas School of Social Work. Elisa is a member of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute’s Veterans Mental Health Task Force.

Elisa earned a Masters in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. From 2010-2014, Elisa served as director of research at the Ft. Hood site of the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium, a Department of Defense clinical trial research consortium, and as assistant professor within the Division of Behavioral Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Elisa has conducted research related to increasing access to evidence-based behavioral health treatments by examining methods for reducing stigma among service members, the role of military unit cohesion in PTSD treatment gains, and the roles of military organizational culture and behavioral health provider factors on effective implementation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD within military treatment settings.

Project Coordinator • Jennifer M. Aronson

Picture of Jennifer Aronson.

Jennifer M. Aronson works for the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work exclusively as project coordinator for the VSN. She arrived in Texas in 2013 when her husband was stationed at Ft. Hood and remains committed to serving other military families in the state of Texas.

Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and politics from the University of San Francisco. She went on to work as a legislative fellow in the California State Legislature, as a political consultant, and as a Ft. Hood area field organizer on a statewide campaign. She is experienced in nonprofit project management through her work with the Innocence Project Northwest and as the Violence Against Women Act program coordinator for the Texas Civil Rights Project.


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