Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Military Family Readiness

October 31, 2023

Episode 295

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Dr. Daniel Perkins and Dr. Jennifer Karre discuss research-based risk, protective, and promotive factors for our military-connected families. They provide recommended solutions for programs and services to best support military family readiness.   

This podcast is made possible by generous funding from the Mountain Home Officers’ Spouses Club. To learn more, visit 

Audio mixing by Concentus Media, Inc., Temple, Texas. 

Show Notes: 


Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and is a Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy at Penn State University and also the Director and Principal Scientist of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, a university-wide applied research center.   Dr. Perkins has been designing and evaluating strengths-based family and youth development programs in 4-H and Cooperative Extension and leading complex projects for over 25 years. His work involves teaching, research, and outreach through the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service. One of his primary areas of focus is in fostering the well-being of military service members, veterans, and their families through the Clearinghouse. In his role as Principal Scientist, he is able to facilitate the translation of science into action by providing comprehensive, science-based programs and technical assistance to professionals working with military servicemembers, veterans and their families.  

Jennifer Karre, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Northern Illinois University.   Over the last decade her research has focused on fathering, military families, and program evaluation.  


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