The Military Research Associate Program (MRAP)
Partners: Bowling Green State University, Ohio & Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Project Aim: Kindbridge Research Institute’s (KRI) Military Research Associate Program (MRAP) assists veterans transitioning from military service to advanced training in mental health treatment and research.
Current Progress: In the pilot year of the program, Mark Lucia joined KRI to develop the MRAP program and act as the pilot member in September 2021. KRI assisted with his school applications resulting in admission into 4 of his top choice schools – Columbia University, George Washington University, Boston University, and Johns Hopkins University.
In the summer of 2022, he began a dual degree MPH/MBA at Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Mark conducted unique research on responsible gambling in DoD-operated facilities which was presented at an international conference in 2022 and published one peer-reviewed article with KRI staff. Most recently, Mark was recruited to join the National Council on Problem Gambling's Military Committee.