Building Strong, Resilient Warriors

About us

The South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, or STRONG STAR, is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium funded by the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies to develop and evaluate the most effective early interventions possible for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological health conditions in military personnel, veterans, and first responders.

Under the leadership of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, STRONG STAR brings together the expertise of a world-class team of military, civilian, and VA institutions and investigators from across the country, unifying the critical mass of talent required to make significant research advances and to develop and deliver treatment programs that are relevant, effective, and feasible in military and VA settings.

STRONG STAR is strategically based in South-Central Texas, which contains one of the largest concentrations of post-9/11 U.S. service members and veterans, the DoD’s largest military medical complex, state-of-the-art trauma research facilities, and established military, VA, and civilian institutional collaborations. Not only does this pair researchers with the number of military personnel necessary for large-scale studies, but it also means that STRONG STAR investigators’ expertise and innovative treatment programs are helping where they are needed most.

The more than 150 researchers and clinicians working with STRONG STAR are conducting a broad array of clinical, exploratory, and preclinical trials and utilizing specialized research cores to assess novel delivery methods of evidence-based treatments for psychological health conditions. These delivery methods have been specially adapted to meet the unique needs of military and VA populations. Simultaneously, STRONG STAR is striving to learn more about the biological factors involved in the development of and recovery from these conditions, the influence of co-occurring physical and psychological ailments, and the interaction of cognitive-behavioral therapies and pharmacologic treatments.

Ultimately, STRONG STAR is focused on reducing the suffering of our nation’s wounded warriors and first responders. STRONG STAR investigators want to help our returning war fighters to continue living healthy, productive lives and to prevent the development of chronic psychological health problems in a new generation of veterans.

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