Elisa V. Borah, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Professor at The University of Texas School of Social Work at Austin. She is also the director of the Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness, a joint effort between the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry.
Borah conducts research around the development, testing and effective implementation of mental health treatments and social supports for adults and children. Her research currently focuses on improving mental health treatment access for transition-age youth through better client engagement. With the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, she works to implement a statewide program to provide community-based health supports for adults with serious mental illness.
Borah studies programming and supports for military members, veterans, spouses and their families. She leads the Veteran Spouse Network, initially funded through an Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, to engage veteran spouses in defining programmatic and research needs to better support veteran families in Texas. Borah is engaged in research to understand how peer support can improve veterans’ and veteran spouses’ quality of life and improve their mental health. She formerly served as lead evaluator of Texas veterans’ mental health services, specifically examining the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network. Borah chairs the annual Military Social Work conference at The University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as director of research at the Ft. Hood site of the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium, a Department of Defense research consortium at UT Health San Antonio.
Borah received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, M.S.W. from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, and her B.A. from Washington University.
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