• department Clinical Practice
  • education BA (Social History & Women’s Studies), Princeton University
    Women’s Division 1 Basketball, Co-Captain (1984-86)
    MSW (Clinical Social Work & Mental Health), University of Denver
    PhD (Social Work & Psychology), University of Michigan
    NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship (Family Violence Research Training), University of New Hampshire

Professor
Director, PhD Program in Social Work
Founding Director, Trauma Certificate Program

Areas of Expertise

Military Families and Veterans; Trauma and Violence

Practice and scholarly focus

I am interested in research on the impact of violence exposure on children and interventions designed to mitigate the impact of trauma on families. My early scholarship focused on sexual abuse and the effects of domestic and community violence on children and families. Since the September 11th attacks, I have been immersed in intervention research concerning parents affected by traumatic stress, including military and veteran parents and families. My work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Department of Defense. For the last decade, I have directed a program of research funded by the Department of Defense focused on the development of a parenting intervention, Strong Families Strong Forces, to support military parents and veterans throughout cycles of deployment and reintegration. Currently, I serve on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine Consensus Committee on the Wellbeing of Military Families.

Courses

CP 759 Introduction to Clinical Social Work Practice
CP 781 Clinical Social Work Assessment and Intervention
CP 803 Clinical Practice and Trauma
CP 804 Trauma Practice with Children & Adolescents
IS 805 Integrated Seminar in Trauma-Informed Systems and Care

Publications

Selected Publications

DeVoe, E.R, Dondanville, K., & Blankenship, A., (2019). Contemporary military families: Service in the post-September 11th era. In B. Fiese (Ed.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology. American Psychological Association.

Cozza, S., Knobloch, L., Gewirtz, A., DeVoe, E.R., Gorman, L., Flake, E., Lester, P., Kees, M., & Lerner, R. (2018). Lessons learned and future recommendations for conducting research with military families and children. In S. M. Wadsworth & L. Kirchubel (Eds.), A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families in Times of War (pp. 265-287). Springer.

Kritikos, T.K., & Emmert-Aronson, B. T., Nicholson, J. & DeVoe, E.R. (submitted). Impact of family-related stressors on recently deployed fathers’ posttraumatic stress symptoms.

DeVoe, E.R., Kritikos, T.M., Emmert-Aronson, B., Kaufman Kantor, G., & Paris, R. (2018). Young child well-being in military families: A snapshot. Journal of Child & Family Studies. Online publication. doi.org/10.1007/s10826-018-1069-5

Kritikos, T.K., DeVoe, E.R., & Emmert-Aronson, B. R. (2018). Relationship quality of recently deployed service members and their partners. Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

DeVoe, E.R., Dondanville, K., Blankenship, A., & Hummel, V. (2018). PTSD Intervention with military service member parents: A call for relational approaches. Best Practices in Mental Health: Special Issue on Military/Veteran-Connected Populations, 14(1), 40-53.

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., Emmert-Aronson, B., Ross, A., & Acker, M.A. (2016). A Randomized clinical trial of a post-deployment parenting intervention for service members and their families with very young children. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Policy, Practice, 9(Suppl 1), 25-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000196.

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., Acker, M.A. (2016). Prevention and intervention with military families of young children. In A. Gewirtz & S. MacDermid Wadsworth (Eds.), Military Deployment, Parenting and Resilience (pp. 213-227). Springer.

DeVoe, E.R., & Paris, R. (2016). Prevention and Intervention with Military Families of Young Children. In A. Gewirtz & S. MacDermid Wadsworth (Eds.), Military Deployment, parenting and resilience. Springer. In D. Snyder & C. Monson (Eds.), Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families: Promoting Individual and Relationship Well-Being (pp. 65-89). New York: Guilford Press.

Miller, D.P., Larson, M.J., Bryne, T. & DeVoe, E.R. (2015). Food insecurity in veteran households – findings from nationally representative data. Public Health Nutrition, 19(10), 1731-1740.

Ross, A. & DeVoe, E.R. (2014). Engaging OEF/OIF/OND military parents in a home-based reintegration program. Special Issue on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families. Health & Social Work, 39 (1), 47-54.

DeVoe, E.R., Ross, A., & Paris, R. (2012). Build it together and they will come: The case for community-based participatory research with military populations. Advances in Social Work Research, Special Issue on Research with Military Populations, 13(1), 149-165.

DeVoe, E.R., & Ross, A. (2012). The Parenting Cycle of Deployment: adapting parenting strategies in the context of deployment separation and reunion. Military Medicine, 177(2), 184-190.

Graham-Bermann, S.A., Howell, K., Lilly, M., & DeVoe, E.R. (2011). Mediators and moderators of change in adjustment following intervention for children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(9), 1815-1833. DOI 10.1177/0886260510372931

Paris, R., DeVoe, E. R., Ross, A.M., & Acker, M. (2010). When a parent goes to war: Effects of parental deployment on very young children and implications for intervention. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(4), 614-22.

Presentations

Selected Presentations

Kilburn, R., Davis, L., Maclean, P., & DeVoe, E.R. (Jan 2019). National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Washington, D.C.

DeVoe, E.R., (June, 2018). Working with Military Families through the Long Wars. Invited E. Diane Davis Lecture at Smith College School of Social Work. Centennial Celebration, June 2018.

Abinader, M., Sormanti, M., & DeVoe, E. (Nov 2018). Falling asleep in class and other tales from teaching trauma. Panel presentation at the 64th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Orlando, FL.

Kritikos, T.K. Mufti, F.M., Nicholson, J., Tran, V., DeVoe, E.R., & Tompson, M.C. (Nov 2018). Making meaning after military deployment and service: A mixed-methods examination of benefit-finding amongst service members, their partners, and children. Poster to be presented at the 52nd annual convention for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Washington, D.C.



Kritikos, Nicholson, J., Mufti, F., Tompson, M., & DeVoe, E.R. (Nov 2018). Posttraumatic stress symptoms, parenting stress, and parenting behaviors: A longitudinal study of National Guard families who received a post-deployment intervention. Paper to be presented at the 34th annual convention for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Washington, D.C.

Borah, E., Dondanville, K., Centola, J., Williams, A., & DeVoe, E.R. (Sept 2018). Adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of Strong Families Moving Forward with veteran families. Presentation as the 5th Annual Military Social Work Conference. Austin, TX

Kritikos, T.K. & DeVoe, E.R. (Nov 2017). Relationship quality of recently deployed military service members and their partners. Paper presented at the 33rd annual convention for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Chicago, Illinois.

Williams, A., Blankenship, A., & DeVoe, E.R. (Nov 2017). Addressing trauma within the framework of family and parenting. Paper presented at the 33rd annual convention for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Chicago, Illinois.

DeVoe, ER, Kritikos, TK, Bottera, A, Dondanville, K, Hummel, VM (Oct 2017). Beyond the Service Member: Working with Families throughout the Deployment Cycle. Paper presentation in Situating Service Members and Veterans within a Couple and Family Context: Implications for Assessment, Treatment, and Broader Family Well-Being Symposium (Chair: S. Fredman). San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference 2017. San Antonio, TX.

Fina, B., Borah, E., DeVoe, E.R., Dondanville, K.A., & Yarvis, J.S. (Jan 2017). Lessons learned from conducting clinical research within military settings. Round Table presented at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference. New Orleans, LA.

International
DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., Acker, M., & Spencer, R. (June 2016) Coparenting processes among U.S. National Guard/Reservist parents of very young children. In symposium, “Family relationships and resilience across deployment and reintegration: A focus on military families with young children.” 15th Annual World Association of Infant Mental Health Conference, “Infant Mental Health in a rapidly changing world: Conflict, adversity and resilience.” Prague, Czech Republic.

Paris, R., DeVoe, E.R., Acker, M., & Herriott*, A. (June 2016). Relationships between military fathers and their young children: Exploring the impact of deployment and trauma. In symposium, “Family relationships and resilience across deployment and reintegration: A focus on military families with young children.” 15th Annual World Association of Infant Mental Health Conference, “Infant Mental Health in a rapidly changing world: Conflict, adversity and resilience.” Prague, Czech Republic.

DeVoe, E.R., Ross, A., & Dondanville, K. (August, 2015). Using a Community-Based Participatory Approach to Program Efficacy Research with Military Families. In Military-Connected Children and Families---Research Opportunities and Challenges Symposium (Convener, Sarah Friedman; Discussant: Carl Castro). Paper presented at the 122st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Toronto, Canada.

DeVoe, E.R., Paris, R., Lester, P. & Cozza, S. (November 2010). Young Children in US Military Families: How Are They Doing and What Are We Doing About It? Panel Presentation at the 26thAnnual International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: Translation, Collaboration, and Mutual Learning. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Grants

Principal Investigator (2014-2018). Strong Families Strong Forces Prevention Project
Funder: Department of Defense: W81XWH-11-PHTBI-BAPHA A
Co-Investigators: Renee Spencer, EdD; Tim Brown, PhD; STRONG STAR CONSORTIUM (PI: Alan Peterson, PhD); RAND (PI: Anita Chandra, DrPH).
Dates: 09/29/2014 – 09/28/2019

Principal Investigator (2008-2013). Family Based Intervention with Traumatized Service Members and Their Young Children. #W81XWH-08-1-0230
Funder: Department of Defense, Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)

Principal Investigator (2008-2012). United States Department of Defense. Strong Families Strong Forces. Family Based Intervention with Traumatized Service Members and Their Young Children.Supplement: September 2011-January 2013

Mentored Research Sponsor (2009-2011). National Institutes of Mental Health F31. Posttraumatic Stress and Parental Functioning in a Sample of Adolescent Mothers. (PI: Claudia Miranda-Julian, M.S.W.; Tufts University Elliott Pearson Program in Child Development)

Co-Investigator (2008-2009). United States Department of Defense.Evaluation of an Internet and Health Fair Mental Health Self-Assessment Program. (Subcontract via Screening for Mental Health Incorporated, PI: Glenda Kaufman Kantor, Ph.D.).

Principal Investigator (2003-2005). Columbia Center for Youth Violence Prevention (Center PI: Bruce Link, Ph.D.). Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention.The SURVIVE Community Project.

Principal Investigator (2002-2004). National Institutes of Mental Health RAPID for Time-Sensitive Research. R01-MH66462-01. The Impact of the WTC Disaster on Parents and their Young Children.

Principal Investigator (2002-2003). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Supporting Parents in Reducing the Impact of Urban Youth Violence Exposure.

Co-Principal Investigator (2001-2002). Columbia Center for Youth Violence Prevention (Center PI: Bruce Link, Ph.D.). Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention.Supporting Parents in Reducing Urban Youth Violence Exposure.

Principal Investigator (1999-2001). National Institute of Mental Health Behavioral Science Track Award for Research Transition {B/START}, R03 MH61762-01.Domestic Violence and Urban Preschool Children {The Preschool Project}

Professional Activities and Certifications

Certified Social Worker (CSW), New York State #063204-1, 2001
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), 1993

Awards and Honors

Recent Awards & Honors:
2017-2019 Member, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee on the Wellbeing of Military Families
2018 Diane E. Davis Invited Lecture at Smith College School of Social Work, Centennial Celebration
2016 Joining Forces and Military Child Education Coalition Workshop (with Dr. Jill Biden), Special Invitation to Operation Educate the Educators, The White House

Teaching Excellence Award, Boston University School of Social Work, 2008

View more profiles

Whether you're looking for School of Social Work faculty, staff, or student profiles, you can find them in one convenient location.

View all profiles