Anastasia Najarian is the Research Manager for the National Center for Veterans Studies. She was introduced to NCVS through a capstone public relations project where she and her team developed an experiential video illustrating veteran trauma and negotiated donations to have the film professionally produced. She has 20 years experience working with veterans and youth struggling with substance abuse as well as prisoners both in and out of incarceration. She has researched dual diagnosis and its correlation to self-sabotage and has been a foster and proctor parent for struggling boys. Anastasia served as Director of In-Home Services and on the Board of Trustees for West Ridge Academy, a residential treatment center for youth. She has supported single mothers working toward their GED and is a champion for children and families challenged with domestic violence, addiction and mental health issues. As Utah Director for The International Coalition for Drug Awareness she researched addictive and adverse drug effects, provided defense mitigation for prescription drug related crimes and has testified before the Utah legislature and US Senators. She is the founder of The I Am Institute, a non-profit organization that empowers mothers and children overcoming tragedy to rebuild their lives. She was nominated 2012 Young Mother of the Year and received the 2012 Mother of Achievement Award. Anastasia is currently finishing Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communication and certifications in Substance Abuse Treatment and Human Factors at the University of Utah. She will then earn a PsyD in clinical psychology.