About the Study

The purpose of the Millennium Cohort Family Study is to gain a more complete understanding of the military experience and its impact on the health and well-being of Service members and their families. The Family Study also provides a unique opportunity to explore the impact of relationship quality on the physical and psychological health of Service members, their spouses and children. A comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by military families provides a vehicle to create truly effective interventions and support programs.

Individuals included in the Family Study are the spouses of participants in the Millennium Cohort Study. Participation in the Family Study is completely voluntary. However, every completed survey helps inform multiple levels and types of support needed by Service members and their families. We encourage participation even if a sponsor is: (1) no longer in the service or (2) separated or no longer co-residing with spouse.

Current Leadership
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Valerie Stander, PhD

Dr. Valerie Stander is the Principal Investigator for the Millennium Cohort Family Study research team and has studied the psychological and behavioral health of Sailors and Marines at the Naval Health Research Center for the past 15 years. During that time, she has conducted research on a number of different issues such as interpersonal violence, substance abuse prevention, and self-help for returning combat veterans. Currently, Dr. Stander continues to be interested in the issue of multiple traumatic exposure, particularly in conjunction with combat experiences.

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CDR Dennis Faix, MC, USN

Dr. Dennis Faix is the Directorate Head of Military Population Health at the Naval Health Research Center. Dr. Faix is a US Navy physician specializing in population health and preventive medicine. With over 17 years of experience conducting clinical and epidemiologic research in the military, Dr. Faix studies the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of operationally relevant health issues with the goal of keeping service members and their families healthy.

The Scientific Review Panel

The Millennium Cohort Family Study Team wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the Scientific Review Panel for the Millennium Cohort Study:

Sanela Durson, PhDMember 2010 - 2015
Shirley Glynn, PhDMember 2010 - 2015
Michael Hurlburt, PhDMember 2010 - 2015
CAPT Christine Johnson, MDMember 2010 - 2015
Patricia Lester, MDMember 2010 - 2015
Larry Palinkas, PhDMember 2010 - 2013
Penelope Trickett, PhDMember 2010 - 2015
Jennifer Vasterling, PhDMember 2010 - 2015
Cathy Flynn, PhDMember 2012 - 2015
The Staff

Our study staff is comprised of military and civilian professionals. The staff is located at the Deployment Health Research Department, Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California.