Military/Veteran Research

At the University of Illinois, we are dedicated to knowledge generation and dissemination that serves to improve the well-being and quality of life for military Service Members, Veterans, and their families. Jeni Hunniecutt is our new Visiting Research Specialist, working between the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability (CHAD) and the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education (CWVHE) within the College of Applied Health Sciences.

We believe in the union of theory and praxis. At the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, we are working diligently to develop a robust Military/Veteran research component to compliment and expand our reach. At CHAD, we provide support services for leadership in national and international interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach that promotes health and wellness across the lifespan; healthy aging; healthy communities; and optimal participation of individuals with disabilities.

At the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, we provide direct services for military-connected students. Our programs and services are based on the University’s long history of leadership in disability services and a passionate commitment to serve our nation’s veterans and their families from an individual and personal perspective in the context of a transformative learning experience from one of the world’s leading universities.

To drive our mission and expand our legacy of serving those served, Jeni Hunniecutt is working between centers to develop a Military/Veteran-centered interdisciplinary research mission, infrastructure, and network of collaborators consisting of UI faculty and researchers + military Service Members, Veterans, and military family members + community partners at local, state, and national levels.

If you are interested in belonging to and participating in this network, please let us know by completing the Military/Veteran Research Interest form.

More about Jeni:

Jeni Hunniecutt

With a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Denver, Jeni centers her research goals on improving the well-being and quality of life for Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families. Jeni served from 2008-2014 in the Virginia Army National Guard and since separating, has found a way to continue her service through her community-driven work. Jeni served as Outreach Specialist for the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology at the University of Denver, has served as affiliate faculty in institutions in Colorado, Virginia, and Tennessee, and has presented numerous research projects at interdisciplinary national and international conferences.