In the past decade, she has applied her expertise to help hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values. She has become a nationally recognized expert in helping veterans heal after trauma who is known as “Doc Springer,”for her role as a deeply trusted advisor to an expansive network of military service members and veterans across the nation. What she has learned from working with our nation’s warfighters has further developed her insights about how we connect, and how we can all create lives that are full of meaning and purpose.

Dr. Springer has developed expertise in several critical subjects that have not been well explored as yet – for example – moral injury, how to approach conversations about firearm safety, the links between shame, grief and suicidal ideation, the ways that current suicide prevention approaches may be failing us, the trust gap between warriors and civilian treatment providers, and the bond between those who serve in the military and their trusted healers.

Dr. Springer’s work has been featured on NPR, CBC, the NBC nightly news, KCBS radio, the Chip Franklin Show, Entercom Media, Military Times, Marine Corps Times, We Are the Mighty, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Bay Area television program “Veteran’s Voices.” In her role as Senior Director of Suicide Prevention Initiatives at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, she has given multiple talks and trainings to national audiences. Her Psychology Today blog posts have had more than 1.7 million hits. Her most research series, “Free-Range Psychology” takes a thoughtful approach to a variety of challenging topics, to synthesize and advance insight across diverse fields of work.

On Veteran's Day (November 11, 2019) Doc Springer and her co-author, former battalion commander Jason Roncoroni, will publish a ground-breaking new book on military transition. Beyond the Military: A Leader's Handbook for Warrior Reintegration applies the military decision-making process to service members and veterans confidently navigate transition. This handbook introduces an Integrative Program of Transition that addresses the critical aspects of transition that nobody else is talking about: optimizing whole health and wellness, social reintegration, cultural assimilation, economic stability, long-term professional development, and close relationship and family adjustment. With Jason as your coach and Doc Springer as your relationship consultant, you’ll walk through over 30 exercises designed to help you unleash your full potential outside the uniform.

Available November 11, 2019 on

Dr. Shauna Springer is a licensed psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Over the past twenty years, she has been focused on how we connect (or fail to connect). In the first decade of her career, she followed 200 newlyweds over 4 years of marriage, completed a meta-analysis of more than 100 studies showing how stress impacts relationship satisfaction, and profiled over 1200 women, mostly Harvard graduates, on the inner workings of their relationships.

The Invisible Threads that Bind Us...

                                        ....Are Hidden in Plain Sight.