Social & Education Policy

Reed-Fitzke Promotes Mental Health Interventions for Military

Woman interviewing/counseling a service member

Kayla Reed-Fitzke, assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Education and PPC summer scholar-in-residence, is conducting research which helps to identify early career military service members who may benefit from mental health interventions. The study focuses on identifying risk factors such as childhood adversity, that can lead to anxiety, depression, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to target individuals who may benefit from intervention before negative outcomes occur. Reed-Fitzke's interest in military psychology was inspired by her having grown up in a military family.

The study is funded by the American Psychological Association Society for Military Psychology. Their preliminary work is currently under review. Other investigators include James Duncan from the University of Arkansas, and Armeda Wojciak, who was a summer scholar-in-residence at the PPC last summer (2018). Reed-Fitzke's summer scholar-in-residence project this year is "Leveraging Communication and Couple Therapy to Reduce Emerging Adult College Student's Intimate Partner Violence following Partner Infidelity."

To read more about the study in The Daily Iowan, click here.