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Haley Sherman, Research Team
4 June 2020
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Military REACH Research Associate
Haley Sherman is a master’s student in Human Development and Family Studies and has been with Military REACH since August of 2018. Her primary responsibilities include tracking all recent military family-related research using various tools and writing TRIP reports. Haley has written 25 TRIP reports posted online and authored a family-focused article titled Parent-child communication during deployment. Her colleagues describe her as brave, bold, a team player, honest, and someone who holds true to her convictions. Haley has added value to the Military REACH team, and we are thankful to have such a hard-working and authentic teammate. Below, Haley talks about her experience with Military REACH and what you can find her doing when she isn’t in the REACH lab.

1. How did you end up working with Military REACH?

I had the immense privilege of working with Military REACH's Principal Investigator, Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer, during my undergraduate career at Florida State University. Although Military REACH did not exist yet, Dr. Greer was already researching military families. When Dr. Greer moved to Auburn University and began Military REACH, I followed her, and she was kind enough to allow me to continue to work with her.

2. What do you do for fun when you are not working on your thesis, in class, or in the REACH lab?

I am a Florida girl, born and raised, and I thoroughly enjoy the beach and being outside! Due to the beach being further from Auburn than I'd like, I spend a lot of time walking outside. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family. While I do need alone time, I love socializing as well.

3. What has been your favorite task/project that you have worked on for REACH?

I enjoy many aspects of the work I am involved with for REACH, but I would have to say that I really enjoy article tracking, which is how we locate the articles that we evaluate and summarize as TRIP reports. During this process, I am able to see all of the newly published research, and I find it fascinating to see what is coming out.

4. What is the most challenging part of tracking research?

The most challenging part of tracking research is determining whether or not to pull articles. REACH has an incredible team that has formulated a plan to track all of the military family articles well, but when I skim through and decide which are most important to pull for either TRIP reports or online use, it can be hard to determine if the content is exactly what we are looking for or if it is more broad.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Oh the dreaded question...where do I see myself in five years. I see myself happy. I really hope that whatever I am doing, and pursuing, is making me happy. But practically, I hope to have completed my PhD and [be] working at a college/university.

6. What three words would you use to describe yourself, and why?

Three words I would use to describe myself are: faithful, hard-working, and practical/passionate. I am a really faithful and loyal friend and believe that relationships are important; therefore, I do my best to be the friend that I wish to have in life. I am hard-working; I think I get it from my mom. She's one of the hardest-working people I know! Finally, I am practical/passionate. I feel as though all of this energy that researchers pour into their work is useless if we cannot apply it to real life, and Military REACH does a great job of making research practical and tangible, which is why I love being a part of this incredible team. I also feel as though I do my best work when I am passionate about whatever the cause or meaning is behind it; therefore, I do my best to work for, and try to engage with, people or projects that I can connect with in this way.
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