Public policy grad student, journalist, IWMF grantee, NASW award winner
Lily Casura is a longtime journalist and the founder of HealingCombatTrauma.com, the first website about combat veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder. She is currently a graduate student in public policy and in 2017 won the "Outstanding Graduate Student" award from her four-department program, as well as the 2016 "Outstanding Student of the Year" from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas. Also in 2017, her work on data mapping San Antonio’s population characteristics by ZIP Code won Tableau Public's “Viz of the Day” honors.
Casura is currently conducting indendent, IRB-approved research into women veterans and periods of unstable housing after military service, and has presented on this research at various academic conferences. In addition, she received a Howard G. Buffett inaugural grant from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) to create a multimedia reporting project this topic, which has since been published.
She is a chapter author in "Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches," published by Routledge in its Psychosocial Stress series (2012), and the author of "Gentle Medicine: Treating Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Successfully with Natural Medicine (2000).
Casura graduated from Harvard University with honors, and has additional training from the National Center for PTSD (VA) and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. She is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).