Time and time again our research and consulting work with the military and Veterans Health Administration has shown that evidence points not toward a new program, but to a coordinated approach that focuses on the service member as a whole person whose performance is enhanced when peers, leaders and support services come together as a unified system.

By improving trust in leadership, resilience and performance from a whole-systems view beginning with recruitment and ending with retirement or separation, the military is investing in mission readiness. Samueli Institute’s research reveals the value of particular stress reducing, resilience building, and restorative practices without prejudice of the vendor of proprietary programs or training plans.

Samueli Resilience White Paper

Samueli Institute looks beyond the traditionally siloed way of studying resilience and instead explores how the whole system contributes to how individuals and societies respond and recover from traumatic experiences.

Download the White Paper: Stability Through Change

which describes common misconceptions of resilience and five traits included in our understanding of resilience thinking.


A Look at Low-Cost, Self-Care Modalities 

Samueli Institute’s systematic, multi-method approach to research on healing enhances performance and provides safer and more effective treatments for pain, chronic disease and stress conditions. 

Research Spotlight: Pain, Stress & Human Performance

Battlefield Acupuncture Training      


Learn how our work with acupuncture is changing how pain is handled in the military.


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Stress & Resilience 

By evaluating stress and resilience programs, Samueli Institute acts as a non-partisan evaluator to improve the effectiveness of these programs. 


Whole Systems CARE & Human Performance 

Samueli Institute has been involved in developing models and metrics for optimizing warfighter performance through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Total Force Fitness initiative. Adm. Mullen writes in the introduction to the special issue that “Total force fitness is more than a physical fitness; it is the sum total of the many facets of individuals, their families, and the organization in which they serve. It is a state of being.”