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Online | Senior Adjunct Faculty, M.A. in Military Psychology

Barton D. Buechner, Ph.D.



I work with students from all walks of life in a collaborative dialogue-centered process to explore the many facets of the military and veteran experience, from an Adlerian perspective. What this means to me is that we privilege communication and social systems in understanding the full range and depth of the experience of veterans, their family members, and those who wish to better understand and support them, especially during periods of transition.

My background includes substantial administrative experience with Federal and State veterans’ programs and agencies, as well as sustained interaction with veteran-serving nonprofit organizations. Areas of specific engagement in mental health and social service programs include homeless outreach, suicide intervention, student veteran transition support, and military and first responder marriage counseling. Each of these roles have involved programmatic management as well as in-depth subject-matter expertise.

My teaching experience covers a range of graduate programs, including M.A. and Ph.D. levels, all with a strong social justice orientation. This includes serving as an adjunct and senior adjunct faculty with Adler University’s M.A. in Military Psychology Program, and direct support to M.A. and Ph.D. programs through Fielding Graduate University.



  • 2014 Ph.D., Human Development
    Fielding Graduate University
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2012 M.A., Human and Organizational Systems
    Fielding Graduate University
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1997 Diploma Graduate (M.A. equivalent)
    College of Naval Command and Staff
    U.S. Naval War College
    Newport, RI
  • 1993 M.S., Organizational Development and Analysis
    Weatherhead School of Management
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH
  • 1978 B.S., English Literature and Naval Engineering
    U.S. Naval Academy
    Annapolis, MD
Professional Background

Former Positions

  • 2021 – 2023 Interim Program Director, M.A. in Military Psychology
    Adler University, Chicago, IL

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Division 19
  • Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Institute for Personal and Social Evolution

Areas of Expertise

  • Moral Injury
  • Mentorship
  • Communication
  • Phenomenology
  • Somatics
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  • Exploring the Role of Transitions in Building Resilient Military Students and Veterans. Panel Presentation with L. Mackenzie, Marine Corps University (Chair). Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Annual Conference: Communicating our Future: St. Petersburg, FL: April 12-16, 2023.
  • Complexity-Informed Approaches to Mental Health. Panel presentation with Asiya Odugleh-Kolev, World Health Organization (Chair). National Communication Association (NCA) National Conference: Communication at the Crossroads: November 19-21 2020 (online).
  • Embracing Partnerships Between the Academy, International/Local Governmental, and Non-Governmental Peace Organizations. Panel presentation with Nora Heist, Eastern Illinois University (Chair). National Communication Association (NCA) National Conference: Communication at the Crossroads: November 19-21 2020 (online).
  • Connection, Community, Conflict, & Cortex: Using CMM and Cosmopolitan Communication in Teaching Senior Military and Civilian Leaders. With L. McKenzie, Ph.D. and S. Steen, PhD. Inter-University Conference on the Armed Forces and Society (IUS), Nov. 8-10, 2019.
  • Trauma and Moral Injury. Panel Discussion with Kelly, M., Ph.D., and Reo, G. M.A. Advocacy in Military Psychology Summit. Washington, DC. American Psychological Association, Nov. 6-7, 2019.
  • An Adlerian Perspective of Moral Injury of Combat Veterans: Emerging implications for Military Psychology theory and practice in the Adler University M.A. Program. Annual Conference, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP), Tucson, Arizona, June 1-2, 2019.
  • From Strangers with Collaborators: Making Connections through Phenomenological Writing. Erasmus Institute, University of Lodz, Poland; April 29-May 3, 2019.
  • Love, Death and the Warrior Quest: The “Liebestod” theme in classical opera as hermeneutic for making meaning of contemporary veterans’ experiences of combat and homecoming. Conference on War Literature and the Arts (WLA), US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, September 20-21, 2018.
  • Moral Injury on the Front Lines of Truth – Encounters with Liminal Experience and the Transformation of Meaning. 4th Conference of the International Alfred Schutz Circle for Phenomenology and Interpretive Sociology: Knowledge, Nescience and the (New) Media, University of Konstanz, May 3-5, 2018.
  • The Evolving Role of Communication Proficiency and Cultural Competence in Military Training and Education. With NiCastro, A., Ph.D., Steen, S., Ph.D., and Mackenzie, L., Ph.D. Third Annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium on Cultural Agility, Air War College, Montgomery, AL. March 28, 2018.

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