Resilience Center for Veterans and Families

The Resilience Center for Veterans & Families pairs groundbreaking research on human emotional resilience with clinical training of therapists to assist veterans and their families as they transition back to civilian life.

The center studies the experiences, strengths and difficulties of veterans and their families, while researching and assessing intervention programs that can best enhance their health and well-being.

We invite you to explore our research and services.

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Guided by Dr. Bonanno, one of the world's foremost authorities on human emotional resilience and recovery from trauma and loss, TC's Resilience Center will expand its leading-edge research on how people cope with loss, potential trauma and other forms of extreme life events. Current research focuses on the ability of individuals to adjust psychologically and to perform well under different circumstances. The Center will also study and evaluate intervention efforts aimed at improving the lives of veterans and their families.

Ultimately, the Resilience Center aims to serve as a national or global intellectual hub, producing white papers and convening conferences on promising models of evidence-based treatments and services for veterans.

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Clinical Services & Training

Through Teachers College's nationally regarded Dean Hope Center for Educational & Psychological Services (DHCEPS), which offers training programs in clinical and counseling psychology, the Teachers College Resilience Center recruits and trains its top students to counsel veterans and their families.

The Center works in a two-folded way; first it offers students the opportunity to integrate theoretical coursework with practicum experience within a multidisciplinary setting. This training is foreseen by highly qualified supervisors. Simultaneously, the DHCEPS offers affordable psychological and educational services to individuals, couples, and families residing in the nearby neighborhood of the New York City area. The emphasis is on respecting and working with clients from diverse, multicultural contexts regardless of age, racial and ethnic background, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and religious or cultural affiliations. DHCEPS also commits to maintaining a liaison with community-based agencies and organizations such as schools, hospitals, and mental health clinics, among others.

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Our People

George Bonanno
Director, Teachers College Resilience Center for Veterans and Families

Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Director, Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab
Director, Teachers College Resilience Center for Veterans and Families

Professor George Bonanno received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His research over the past 15 years has examined how adults and children respond to and cope with extremely aversive events, such as the death of a loved one, war, infectious disease, sexual abuse, and terrorist attacks. In recent years, Professor Bonanno's work has focused more specifically on defining psychological resilience in adults exposed to extreme adversity and on the psychological and contextual factors that might inform resilient outcomes. This work has been funded by generous grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Dinelia Rosa
Director of the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services

Director of the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Dinelia Rosa is director of the Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College. She obtained her Clinical Psychology degree at The Derner Institute, Adelphi University. Prior to her current job, Dr. Rosa worked for 18 years throughout New York City in various clinical and educational settings predominantly with children and families from diverse backgrounds. She is President of the New York State American Psychological Association.

Joe Geraci
David and Maureen O’Connor Scholar

David and Maureen O’Connor Scholar
PhD Student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Geraci is an advanced doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program. 

Meaghan Mobbs
David and Maureen O’Connor Scholar

Meaghan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics. She commissioned as a quartermaster officer and reported to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where she served as an aerial delivery officer and became a platoon leader. After successful completion of Jumpmaster school and the Joint Airdrop Inspector course she was selected to command an aerial delivery detachment and led the unit in Afghanistan. Meaghan graduated with her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University. Meaghan is a Tillman Military Scholar, a two-time Noble Argus scholarship recipient, and a National Military Family Association scholarship recipient. Meaghan is married to CPT Michael Mobbs and has two daughters, Pepper (3 yo) and Madison (2 yo).

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