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TCHER Military Families ResearchDr. Gilreath is one of the leading scholars in the nation who is systematically examining differences in behavioral health outcomes for military-connected youth. More importantly, these studies are the only ones to quantitatively examine the impact of having a sibling serve in the military and revealed that family member deployments were significant predictors of increased risk of substance use (recent and lifetime), suicidal ideation, school victimization and weapon carrying, and reports of discriminatory bullying.  She is the principal investigator of a federally-funded grant to develop a measure of military-salient stress for youth in public schools.

  • Gilreath, T. D. (2016). Perceived support, substance use, suicidal ideation, and psychological distress among military-connected adolescents. Military Behavioral Health 4(1): 1-7.
  • Gilreath, T. D., Wrabel, S., Sullivan, K. S., Capp, G. P. Roziner, I., Benbenishty, R., Astor, R. A. (2016).  Suicidality among military connected adolescents in California schools. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 25(1): 61-66.
  • Sullivan, K.S.*, Capp, G.*, Gilreath, T. D., Benbenishty, R., Roziner, I., & Astor, R. A., (2015). Substance abuse and other adverse outcomes for military-connected youth in California: Results from a large-scale normative population survey. JAMA Pediatrics 169(10):  922-928.
  • Cederbaum, J.A., Gilreath, T. D., Benbenishty, R., Astor, R.A., & Pineda, D. (2014). Well-being and suicidal ideation of secondary school students from military families. Journal of Adolescent Health 54(6): 672-677.
  • Gilreath, T. D., Astor, R.A., Cederbaum, J., Atuel, H., & Benbenishty, R.  (2014). Prevalence and correlates of victimization and weapon carrying among military- and nonmilitary-connected youth in Southern California. Preventive Medicine 60: 21-26.
  • Atuel, H., Gilreath, T. D., Astor, R.A., Cederbaum, J., & Benbenishty, R. (2014). Perceived discriminatory bullying among military-connected students attending public schools. Military Behavioral Health. Military Behavioral Health 2:147-152.
  • Gilreath, T. D., Cederbaum, J., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R, Pineda, D. Atuel, H.  (2013). Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among military and non-military connected youth. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 44(2): 150-153.

Ongoing Research Support

Measuring stress in military-connected adolescents
Measurement development proposal to explore underlying stressors related to increased behavioral health risk amongst military-connected youth. 
Role:  Principal Investigator