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A human condition: the PTSD diagnosis through the years

Texas Public Radio

November 2, 2023

Post-traumatic stress disorder, once viewed with skepticism in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, has evolved into a widely accepted condition, shedding light on the traumas that define human experience. TPR’s Carson Frame spoke with Dr. Terence Keane, director of the National Center for PTSD-Behavioral Sciences Division, about that shift, beginning with the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study. Their conversation was in advance of Dr. Keane’s keynote address at the 8th Annual San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference, presented by the STRONG STAR Consortium and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

50 years since the Vietnam war: PTSD and how far we’ve come in treatments

News 4 San Antonio/WOAI-TV

October 18, 2023

Covering the 2023 San Antonio Combat PTSD Conference presented by the STRONG STAR Consortium and UT Health San Antonio, News 4 reporter Mariza Mendoza speaks with STRONG STAR Director Dr. Alan Peterson about how our understanding and treatment of PTSD has advanced since the Vietnam War ended 50 years ago. U.S. Navy Veteran Hakim Mathis also shares his story of recovery from PTSD after receiving evidence-based treatment and encourages other veterans to seek the help if needed.

Commentary: Face the fight in ending veteran suicides in America

San Antonio Express-News

September 29, 2023

This commentary outlines the importance of Face the Fight, a veteran suicide prevention initiative launched this summer, by USAA, the Humana Foundation and Reach Resilience, an Endeavors Foundation. A coalition of corporations, foundations and nonprofits are supporting the effort, including the STRONG STAR Training Initiative based at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

If you have recurring nightmares, therapy can help you prevent and rewrite them to get a good night’s sleep


September 25, 2023

Even if you can’t always remember your dreams, research suggests we all have them. But sometimes our dreams can turn into nightmares. While most people experience the occasional nightmare, about 4% of US adults suffer from nightmare disorder, research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found. This condition causes frequent bad dreams that wreak havoc on a person’s sleep and daily life.

In this article, sleep experts, including STRONG STAR invesigator Kristi Pruiksma, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, explain nightmare causes and treatments.

Research roundup: Adapting evidence-based treatments for adults with PTSD

American Psychological Association

August 18, 2023

This APA Research Roundup features a spotlight on recently published research by STRONG STAR investigators. See article subhead “Patients with PTSD prefer in-home (i.e., old-fashioned “house calls”) psychotherpay more so than telehealth or in the office”

How USAA’s Face the Fight Is Building a Coalition to Combat Veteran Suicide

July 13, 2023

Although veteran suicide rates have declined slightly since 2018, they are still alarming: 16 veterans die by suicide every day, a rate 57% higher than the larger American population. In response, USAA has launched Face the Fight, a coalition of philanthropic foundations, veteran-oriented non-profits and corporations that are pooling resources in a nationwide, concerted effort to cut veteran suicide rates in half by 2030. This article explains more about the initiative, including insight from Katy Dondanville, PsyD, who leads an external advisory committee of subject-matter experts. Dr. Dondanville is associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and director of the STRONG STAR Training Initiative.

Coalition’s bold goal: Cut veteran suicide rate in half by 2030

The National Desk

July 12, 2023

A newly launched coalition has an ambitious goal of cutting the veteran suicide rate in half by 2030. Coalition leaders say the goal is aspirational, but he also said it’s achievable. This TND story includes interviews with Brandon Carter, president of USAA Life Insurance Co. and USAA executive sponsor for the “Face the Fight” initiative, and Katy Dondanville, PsyD, one of the experts who helped shape the initiative’s strategy. Dr. Dondanville, a clinical psychologist and faculty member with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also serves as director of the STRONG STAR Training Initiative.

UT Health Science Center San Antonio joins USAA and Face the Fight™ to reduce veteran suicide

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

July 11, 2023

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (also referred to as UT Health San Antonio) is providing experts trained in military and veteran mental health to help San Antonio-based USAA launch Face the Fight™, a social impact initiative with an aspirational goal to cut the veteran suicide rate in half by 2030. Read on to learn more about this important effort and how it is being supported by Katy Dondanville, PsyD, and her team with the STRONG STAR Training Initiative.

Ambitious new campaign aims to reduce veteran suicide by half

ABC News

July 10, 2023

ABC News story discusses the scourge of veteran suicides and a valiant new national effort led by USAA, called “Face the Fight,” to raise awareness and support for veteran suicide prevention. The story includes expert comment by Dr. Katy Dondanville, a clinical psychologist and associate professor with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and research collaborator with the STRONG STAR Consortium. Dr. Dondanville and her team serve as academic medical advisers on this long-term initiative.

UT Kind: UTHSA psychologist’s heroic work with veterans is personal

The University of Texas System

June 29, 2023

As part of UT Kind – a newly launched series of short videos that spotlight inspiring students, faculty, staff and alumni from UT institutions — The University of Texas System features STRONG STAR research therapist and co-investigator Tabatha Blount, PhD. Dr. Blount’s work with military members and veterans as a trauma-focused psychologist at UT Health San Antonio is personal. Raised in a military family and married to a serviceman, she is committed to helping those who serve overcome the challenges of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her passionate and impactful work with struggling service members and veterans recently earned Dr. Blount recognition as a “Health Care Hero” by the San Antonio Business Journal.

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