Effects of Substance Use, Mental Health, and Social Environment on Academic Success Among Veterans Enrolled in Higher Education

The study examines how substance use, co-occurring mental health problems, and social environment interact in the context of veterans’ participation in higher education and how they impact academic success, as an indicator of successful reintegration.

Veterans’ ability to succeed in academic settings is significant for their overall successful reintegration after military service, because it directly relates to economic and employment opportunities, which in turn impact overall well-being. Research activities examine these questions using a mixed-methods concurrent approach (quantitative two-wave surveys and qualitative interviews).


Bonnie Vest, PhD (Principal Investigator)

Funding Agency

Buffalo Translational Consortium Mentored Career Development Award

Funding Dates

1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019