Gregory G. Homish, PhD, is the principal investigator for the Operation: SAFETY (Soldiers And Families Excelling Through the Years) research study. He is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. Homish also holds appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics in UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
He is trained as a psychiatric epidemiologist and has focused his research on the mental and physical health of couples over time. Homish has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on a variety of studies including intervention trials, large sample survey designs, evaluation and implementation studies, technology transfer studies and epidemiologic studies. He has worked with community samples as well as specialized samples such as firefighters, police officers and military service members. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration and foundations.
Homish serves as the alternate sector leader for the Emergency Mental Health component of Erie County’s (NY) Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team. He is also a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Public Health Association and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Lynn T. Kozlowski, PhD, is a co-investigator on Operation: SAFETY.
Since 1975, his research has focused on cigarette smoking, multiple drug use and their relationships with other health behaviors. He has also published in the area of stress and tobacco use and the use of multiple substances by couples. Kozlowski has contributed to four different Surgeon General Reports on smoking and health, and two National Cancer Institute Monographs. He has also consulted on tobacco related issues with the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration. He recently led a group of experts producing a consensus statement on the use of over the counter nicotine replacement products in smoking cessation. In 2008 he was appointed to Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions and served in that role until June 2014.
Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, is a co-investigator on Operation: SAFETY. He is the director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions and a research professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at UB. Leonard is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on clinical, epidemiological and laboratory studies funded by National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. Leonard’s research career has focused on the bidirectional relationships between substance use and social/interpersonal relationships.
John M. Violanti, PhD, is a co-investigator on Operation: SAFETY. He is a research professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and has conducted previous research and given presentations to military personnel on issues of deployment, PTSD and suicide.
Violanti has provided leadership and successful completion as principal investigator (PI) on four previous stress-related research projects. He is the PI on a longitudinal follow-up examination of the impact of stress on health and is also working on a project assessing the long-term effects of stress and trauma on police officers who were involved with Hurricane Katrina.
Bonnie M. Vest, PhD is Co-Investigator on Operation: SAFETY. Dr. Vest is a Research Associate Professor in Family Medicine and is trained as a medical anthropologist with experience in ethnographic, qualitative, and health services research. Vest’s past research has focused on the experiences of National Guard soldiers, particularly during times of transition from military to civilian status, and their identity conceptions as citizen-soldiers in the post-9/11 era. Currently, she is examining how social environmental factors impact student veterans' ability to be successful in college. She has also assessed civilian primary care provider's knowledge and attitudes, and confidence in caring for service members, veterans and military family members among their patients. In addition to her research interests in veterans and military service members, Vest has experience with mixed-methods program evaluation of translational research in clinical and community practice settings.