Laha-Walsh, Kirsten

PhD Student
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Contact Information

Research interests:

  • Military and veteran connected populations
  • Media & social media impacts
  • Virtual reality environments in interventions

Previous Education:

  • AS, Thomas Edison State College, interservice respiratory therapy program
  • BM (classical percussion), University of North Florida
  • MSW (military concentration, University of Southern California

Background and professional experience:

Kirsten entered the field of social work bringing a unique perspective from her background in military culture as well as the performing arts. During her career in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, she was able to work alongside combat injured servicemembers, veterans, and dependents to provide lifesaving maneuvers and high-quality health care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her performing arts activities also inspired her educational pursuits. She spent several years working on feature films, commercials, and music videos, and is still active in the film community today as a creative partner for Deception Productions in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also became active in her local caregiving community, where she has participated in educational and recreational classes to mutually support caregivers of those who are injured during their military career. Her goal is to participate and encourage further research within the military and veteran connected populations to provide the highest quality of life to those who serve and to those who have served.