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TERRI SPAHR NELSON is a national consultant, educator, author and psychotherapist with expertise in sexual assault and sexual trauma in the US military. She received her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and her military training in Behavioral Sciences at the Academy of Health Sciences while on active duty in the US Army. She was twice awarded the Army Commendation medal during her four years in the military. Spahr Nelson served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Department of Defense on the development of their sexual assault program from 2004-2005 and consulted with the US Marine Corps to develop and write their initial SAPRO training curriculum. She was one of the first Sexual Trauma Counselors with the Department of Veteran Affairs, opening the Cincinnati Vet Center Sexual Trauma Counseling Program. In addition to For Love of Country, originally published in 2002, Spahr Nelson has several other published works including a series of booklets on trauma and recovery for active duty Service members, veterans, professionals and for victims of crime. She is the author of a chapter on vicarious trauma in the 2015 book Treating Military Sexual Trauma (Springer Publisher) and an essay about rape in the US Military in the 2006 book, Abuse Your Illusions. She has appeared as a subject matter expert on sexual assault in the US Military in national and international media including CNN, NPR, 60 Minutes, BBC, Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Newsweek, The Village Voice, and others. The author's recent work and honors include: a national webinar on military sexual trauma selected by Joining Forces (a project of the White House) and the National Association of Social Workers for professional audiences; consultant of the month by the National Center for Victims of Crime; Alumna of the Year from the University of Texas School of Social Work in 2015. In addition, her company was awarded the national "Impacting Veterans" award by Citi and the Institute for Military Veterans and Families in 2014. Ms. Spahr Nelson is also the author of another forthcoming book 51%: Women and the Future of Politics. She is currently Director of the Undergraduate Social Work Program and on faculty at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She can be reached at nelsont@miamioh.edu.

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