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Our Team

Michael R. Galarneau, M.S., N.R.E.M.T.
I am Mike Galarneau, Director of Operational Readiness at Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) and the senior principal investigator for the Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP).

I am a U.S. federal employee and have worked as an NHRC researcher since 1995. My background includes statistics and experimental design, with a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology. I am also a nationally-, state-, and county-registered emergency medical technician. As the senior principal investigator for WWRP I oversee the scientific and administrative aspects of the project. Since 9/11, more than 52,000 U.S. service members have been injured during deployment, many with severe, life altering conditions. WWRP was established to see just how well our wounded service members are doing over the long haul, with the objective being to identify those therapies, rehabilitation programs, services, and support systems that actually make the biggest impact on ultimate quality of life.

I have received two patents for my work at Naval Health Research Center (U.S. Patent No. 5,995,077, 1999 and U.S. Patent No. 7,707,042, 2010) and am the recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Jessica R. Watrous, Ph.D.
I am a clinical health psychologist and the co-principal investigator for WWRP.

I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis, and completed my clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego. My research and clinical work has primarily focused on assessing and helping people change health behaviors like substance use, physical activity, and healthful eating to improve quality of life as well as mental and physical health.

Much of my career has been dedicated to working with military personnel and veterans with the aim of understanding their unique circumstances and supporting them in living their best lives. In addition to a deep sense of responsibility to our nation's military and veterans, many of my family members and close friends have served, making my work of personal interest as well.

Daniel I. Sack
As project manager, I’ve been working on building up WWRP and running day-to-day operations since 2010.

I studied anthropology and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts, I started my career in 1999 collecting data on quality of life in injured adolescents through patient interviews. The impact that injury can have on a person's life became apparent to me then. Since that time, I have managed many projects involving quality of life outcomes after traumatic injury, including epidemiologic and clinical research projects.

I am excited at the chance to bring my background and skills to outcomes research for the military, which has a great need to understand and improve recovery from traumatic injury. My goal is to help discover more effective trauma protocols, treatments, and rehabilitation options that ultimately improve quality of life outcomes for injured service members—in effect, transforming people’s experience into concrete results that can be applied to help others.

Cameron T. McCabe, Ph.D.
I am a research psychologist, and I've been a member of the WWRP team since early 2016. Before joining WWRP, I received my Ph.D. in applied psychology from Portland State University.

My research broadly focuses on health, well-being, and interpersonal relationships, and how understanding these issues can help improve our service members' lives and experience. As a researcher, I'm a firm believer that the work we do should be applicable to, and benefit, those who volunteer to take part in this process. As we continue to work together, we hope to improve policies and practices which directly impact you, the warfighter.

Alexandra V. Spruth
I'm a research administrator and I joined the WWRP team in late 2016. I specialize in business administration and customer service.

Prior to joining the team, I worked as a tutor at Grossmont Community College District to assist students and promote their educational success. I enjoy helping others and have made it my goal to provide the best customer service that I can. As part of my job, I appreciate getting the chance to hear from participants—whether over the phone or via email—as it gives me a chance to hear feedback and get to know some of our participants and potential volunteers.