Research

Finding the best ways to prevent and treat psychological health problems in military service members, veterans, and first responders

REACT: Resilience Enhancement through Acceptance and Commitment Training

PIAlan L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP (Lt Col, US Air Force, Ret.)
Location(s)Killeen, TX
Aim

Develop and test a brief psychological intervention to enhance resilience and optimize readiness in U.S. military personnel.

StatusCurrently recruiting study participants

Decreasing Suicide Risk among Service Members with Posttraumatic Stress Using Written Exposure Therapy

PIBrian P. Marx, PhD
Location(s)Killeen, TX
Aim

Determine whether Written Exposure Therapy for Suicide reduces suicidal thoughts and behaviors and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS); determine whether reductions in PTSS severity lead to fewer suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

StatusEnrollment complete

Web-Based Provider Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Nightmares

PIKristi Pruiksma, PhD
Location(s)San Antonio, TX
Aim

Develop and evaluate an online training program for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Nightmares

StatusProgram preparation and website development through summer 2022. Testing and evaluation to be conducted from fall 2022 through summer 2023, followed by formal launch of website.

Two-Armed Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Massed Prolonged Exposure Plus Cannabidiol or Placebo for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PICasey Straud, PsyD
Location(s)San Antonio, TX
Aim

Examine the safety, feasibility, and symptom reductions associated with cannabidiol (CBD) in military veterans receiving 2 weeks of daily treatment with Prolonged Exposure, a leading therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Evaluate potential biochemical and physiological changes associated with CBD vs. placebo and the relationship of those changes with the physiological stress response and PTSD symptom reduction.

StatusEnrollment complete. Analyzing data for publication of study findings.

Targeting Chronic Pain in Military Primary Care Settings Using Internal Behavioral Health Consultants

PIDonald McGeary, PhD, & CAPT Jeffrey Goodie, PhD
Location(s)Killeen, TX, and San Antonio, TX
Aim

Enhance delivery of chronic pain care in U.S. military primary care clinics by developing a manual and training program for providers in a drug-free pain management therapy that helps to reduce the use of opioid medications; evaluate the program in a pragmatic clinical trial involving patients with chronic pain.

StatusEnrollment in Phase II began in 2021.

Multi-Couple Group Intervention for PTSD

PISteffany Fredman, PhD
Location(s)Killeen, TX
Aim

Obtain preliminary data on the feasibility and efficacy of delivering couple-based treatment for PTSD within a multiple-couple group setting during a weekend retreat; evaluate the therapy’s impact on the severity of service members’ and veterans’ PTSD symptoms and co-occurring conditions, partners’ psychological well-being, and each partner’s relationship satisfaction.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing data and publishing study findings.

A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Treatment for Trauma-Related Nightmares in Active Duty Military Personnel

PIKristi Pruiksma, PhD
Location(s)Killeen, TX
Aim

Working with active duty military personnel who suffer from trauma-related nightmares, obtain preliminary data on the efficacy of a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed for treating nightmares.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing data and publishing study findings.

Network Dysregulation Among Individuals with Comorbid Tinnitus and PTSD

PIJohn Moring, PhD
Location(s)San Antonio, TX
Aim

In military veterans with co-occurring PTSD and tinnitus, examine whether a leading psychotherapy for PTSD also leads to reductions in tinnitus-related distress when PTSD is treated successfully. Concurrently, evaluate brain activity before, during, and after PTSD treatment to better understand the brain network disruptions that cause and maintain PTSD and tinnitus and how those brain networks are impacted by successful PTSD treatment.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing data and publishing study findings.

STRONG STAR Repository

PIAlan L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP (Lt Col, US Air Force, Ret.)
Location(s)Repository data maintained in San Antonio, TX
Aim

Establish a comprehensive database of clinical and biological information collected from participants in STRONG STAR clinical trials to address future questions that arise from the research of STRONG STAR investigators.

StatusRepository protocol is being implemented concurrently with ongoing STRONG STAR clinical trials.

Service-Connected Life Trajectory Comparison of Psychiatric Aeromedical Evacuation and Non-Psychiatric Aeromedical Evacuation Patients From 2001 to 2015

PICol Antoinette Shinn, PhD
Location(s)San Antonio, TX
Aim

Assess the long-term impact that emergency psychiatric evacuations from combat zones have on active duty service members.

StatusRetrospective review and analysis of archival data underway
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