A University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, planned project approved by the IRB on 25 March 2022.



Donna Schuman

Dr. Donna Schuman

As the spouse of a Vietnam combat Veteran and mother of an Operation Enduring Freedom combat Veteran, Dr. Donna Schuman, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, is a leader in her field and deeply committed to furthering research to improve the well-being of the military community.  She has almost two decades of clinical behavioral health and previously worked as a social worker for the VA and the Army. Her research is focused on studying the biopsychosocial sequelae of trauma and she is passionately dedicated to improving trauma treatment outcomes for military and first responder populations and working to prevent military suicide.

Dayton Williams

Dayton Williams

Dayton Williams, MBA, PMP® is currently a Master of Social Work student at UTA.  Her passion for serving veterans began on 11 February 2008 when her eldest son, Sgt Tyrell Seth Williams, USMC, was killed in a hit-and-run less than 90 days from returning home from his 3rd tour in Iraq.   While Tyrell had not been home very long, she was very aware that her son was not yet ‘all the way home’.  Over the next decade she would meet countless veterans and family members who would report the same story…and this is how her vision began.  After taking an early retirement in December 2010 from IBM, she began her journey to offer mental tele-health services to Veterans on a part-time, pro-bono basis.

As a Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

We Invite Your Participation in the Study Through Completing our Online Survey if You:

  • are over 18 years old.
  • are a member of a military-connected population (i.e., Service Member, Reservist, National Guard, Veteran, family member, or friend).
  • have directly or indirectly experienced a loss or trauma that is military related.
  • have transformed your trauma into a personal growth experience contributing to the growth and/or transformation of others.
  • have at least 2 years from last traumatic experience.

As a Phoenix Rises from the Ashes



Through this study, we will expand Military Social Work education and the training of culturally competent service providers.

Through our commitment to serving and helping members of our military-connected community succeed, we can enrich our communities for the benefit of all members.

Rankings & Recognition

U T A Voted #1

Best for Vets Colleges 2020 and 2021

Military Times

U T A Ranked #3

Top Ten Military Friendly School Category: Tier 1 Research Institution 2022-2023 MFS Cycle

Military Friendly

U T A Ranked #5

Best Social Work Schools for Vets 2021

College Factual

Posttraumatic Growth and Transformation is a Global Phenomenon

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