In academia and, increasingly, corporate America, sabbaticals are a time-honored way to step aside from the daily grind and intellectually reboot. The U.S. Army should embrace something similar, writes Laura Miller.
May 7, 2008 USA Today
Laura L. Miller is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. For 28 years she has studied the lives of military personnel and their families through surveys, observations, discussion groups, one-on-one interviews, and analyses of military policy and personnel data. Research topics include military culture and organization; deployment experiences; gender integration; sexual harassment and sexual assault; social problems; health and well-being; military families; military spouse education and employment; attitudes toward gays and lesbians in the military; unit cohesion and morale; and civil-military relations. To collect primary data, Miller has traveled to more than 40 stateside installations and to overseas bases and operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Korea, Kuwait, Macedonia, Qatar, the Serb Republic, and Somalia. Miller received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.
Consensus Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families, Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 2019
Laura L. Miller, Coreen Farris, Marek N. Posard, Miriam Matthews, Kirsten M. Keller, Sean Robson, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Mauri Matsuda, Rachel M. Burns, Lisa Wagner, Barbara Bicksler, A Survey System to Assess Abuse and Misconduct Toward Air Force Students in Occupational Specialty Training, RAND (RR-2692-AF), 2019
Laura L. Miller, Coreen Farris, and Kayla M. Williams, "Challenges to Evaluating U.S. Military Policy on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment," Military Psychology, 30(3), 2018
Laura L. Miller, David Knapp, Katharina Ley Best, Esther M. Friedman, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Mark E. Totten, Jennie W. Wenger, Thomas E. Trail, Marek N. Posard, Ernesto F. L. Amaral, An Early Evaluation of the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship for Military Spouses, RAND (RR-2093-OSD), 2018
Laura L. Miller, Eyal Aharoni, Understanding Low Survey Response Rates Among Young U.S. Military Personnel, RAND (RR-881), 2015
Laura L. Miller, Laurie T. Martin, Douglas Yeung, Matthew D. Trujillo, Martha J. Timmer, Information and Communication Technologies to Promote Social and Psychological Well-Being in the Air Force: A 2012 Survey of Airmen, RAND Corporation (RR-695-AF), 2014
Sarah O. Meadows, Laura L. Miller, and Jeremy N.V. Miles, The Association Between Military Base-Area Social and Economic Characteristics and Airmen’s Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-132-AF), 2013
Laura L. Miller, Jennifer Kavanagh, Maria C. Lytell, Keith Jennings, Craig Martin, The Extent of Restrictions on the Service of Active-Component Military Women, RAND (MG-1175), 2012