AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The Auburn Family Friday Speaker Series will be continued on Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Auburn Alumni Center with a speech by award winning educator and researcher Mallory Lucier-Greer.

Lucier-Greer is the principle investigator of Auburn’s Military REACH program, a partnership funded by the Department of Defense between their Office of Military Family Readiness Policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Lucier-Greer, along with C. Eddy Mentzer, associate director of the DoD’s Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, will present “Mobilizing Family Science Research to Support Military Families.”

Lucier-Greer’s work examines how stressors affect families and the individuals who reside within them. For military families, situational stressors include, but are not limited to, transitions related to deployments and regular relocations. She and her team identify leverage points, or points of intervention, to help families produce positive changes even in the context of stress. 

Mentzer brings more than 27 years of personal and professional experience in supporting military families through a variety of roles across the Department of Defense and federal government. Mentzer leads a team focused on easing the impact of challenges faced by military families as a result of the often unpredictable and mobile nature of military life.

“As a family scientist and Auburn alumna, I welcome the opportunity to speak about the important work that Auburn is doing to support military families around the globe,” Lucier-Greer said. “Our team evaluates and synthesizes hundreds of research studies a year that are focused on the well-being of military families, and then we translate that research into action-oriented applications.”