Advisory Board

Barkley Calkins

Director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute, a funded arm of the Center for Public Service at Seton Hall University.

Alon Ben Gurion

Grandson of David Ben-Gurion, Alon is a hospitality executive with proven leadership in hotels, sales, revenue management, rooms operations, and food and beverage management in the United States and worldwide.

Mike and Janet Huckabee

Serve as Heroes To Heroes Foundation Honorary Co-National Chairpersons.

Joe Korn

Partner at Garden Homes Development, a private national Real Estate Development Company. He is a member of Jewish National Funds (JNF) New Jersey Board, President’s Society and Century Council.

Russell Robinson

CEO, Jewish National Fund (JNF), Russell became the youngest CEO in JNF’s history and he works tirelessly, traveling around the country and visiting Israel almost every month to ensure JNF’s vision is more relevant and meaningful today than ever before.

Jeannette Irene Harris

PhD has been a clinician-investigator at VA Bedford Healthcare System since 2018. From 2002 through 2018, she served as a clinician, administrator, and investigator at Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. She has done research in spirituality and mental health for 30 years, focusing on spiritually integrated care for moral injury, addiction, and PTSD in combat veterans. Dr. Harris provides national leadership through positions on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disorders, the Office of Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention’s Recovery Transformation Workgroup, and as chair of VA’s Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice. Dr. Harris is currently developing a Moral Injury Center for the VA in Maine and is a co-creator of the ‘Building Spiritual Strength’ program, on which the Heroes to Heroes curriculum is based.

Dr. Jeffrey Fletcher

is the Director of Community Integration for Veterans Recovery Resources. Jeremy is a Physical Therapist and an Assistant. Professor at the University of South Alabama. He uses a mind-body approach to reduce chronic pain and improve quality of life for all Service Members. Dr. Fletcher has extensive experience working directly with Veterans. He is an army veteran who had one deployment to Afghanistan, He holds the rank of Major in the Army Reserves.

Dr. Andrew J. Smith

Dr. Andrew J. Smith, began his career with a four-year enlistment in the US Army. Dr. Smith then enrolled at Penn State where he completed his undergraduate degree in rehabilitation science (2005-2008), followed by his Masters’s degree in Trauma Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (2009-2011). He completed his Ph.D. in the clinical science program at Virginia Tech with an emphasis in stress, coping, and resilience, as well as clinical training in evidence-based treatments and neuropsychology (2011-2017). He completed his clinical internship at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System (2016-2017), followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, and clinical neuropsychology at the University of Utah School of Medicine (2017-2018). Following his postdoc, he founded and directed the Occupational Trauma Program as a tenure track faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine (2018-2022)

Dr. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His role focuses on the emergent area of resilience and well-being among healthcare workers and medical residents. In this role, he combines expertise in disaster mental health, population health, evidence-based treatment, and resilience in chronic stress contexts.

Timothy J. Usset

is a research chaplain at the Center for Veterans Research and Education and the brigade chaplain (MAJ) for the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade. Chaplain Usset has an MDiv in Pastoral Care and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary, and an MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota.

Heroes to Heroes Outcome Research:

Team Lead – Dr. Joseph Currier, University of Southern Alabama

PH.D., University of Memphis
2009 – Clinical Psychology

M.A., Wheaton College
2001 – Clinical Psychology

B.A., University of Saint Thomas
1999 – Psychology and Catholic Studies

Dr. Currier’s Trauma Reactions and Interpersonal Loss (TRAIL) Group is committed to understanding both the etiology of Moral Injury and other trauma- and loss-related problems, as well as how people achieve restoration and often paradoxically grow in these contexts. Drawing on a variety of scientific methodologies, the TRAIL Group strives to conduct clinically-meaningful and integrative research that appreciates psychological, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of coping with potentially traumatic events (e.g., military combat, community violence, serious illness) and bereavement. They are ultimately interested in disseminating their findings and enhancing clinical practices with individuals and families struggling to overcome challenges associated with these types of experiences.

Highlighted Research

Lisman, R., Currier, J. M., & Harris, J. I. (in press). Religion and cognitive processing of trauma among newly returned US Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture.

Currier, J. M., McDermott, R. C., Hawkins, D. E., Greer, C. L., & Carpenter, R. (in press). Seeking help for religious and spiritual struggles: Exploring the role of mental health literacy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Currier, J. M., Drescher, K. D., Nieuwsma, J. A., & *McCormick, W. (in press). Theodicies and professional quality of life in a nationally representative sample of chaplains in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.