Research

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

Neuroimaging Studies of PTSD and PTSD Treatment among Combat Veterans

PIPeter Fox, MD
Location(s)Killeen, TX, and San Antonio, TX
Aim

Apply advanced neuroimaging methods to study PTSD in the context of ongoing treatment trials to address 1) the underlying neuroanatomical pathology of PTSD (changes in the anatomy of the nervous system or nervous tissue that accompany the development of PTSD); 2) the underlying pathophysiology of PTSD (functional changes in the brain that are associated with the disorder); and 3) neurobiological changes corresponding with successful PTSD treatment. The ultimate goal is to shed light on the underlying neurobiology of PTSD in hopes of developing more effective, targeted treatment interventions.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing data and publishing study findings.

Cognitive Processing Therapy for Combat-Related PTSD

PIPatricia Resick, PhD
Location(s)Killeen, TX
Aim

Evaluate the efficacy of CPT for combat-related PTSD in an active-duty military population and determine whether the more efficient delivery of group CPT is as effective as individual CPT.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing results and publishing study findings.

Prolonged Exposure for PTSD among OIF/OEF/OND Personnel: Massed vs. Spaced Trials

PIEdna Foa, PhD
Location(s)Killeen, TX
Aim

Evaluate the efficacy of PE therapy for combat-related PTSD in an active-duty military population and determine whether a condensed delivery method maintains efficacy while improving efficiency.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing data and publishing study findings.

Individual PE vs. Couples’ Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Combat-Related PTSD

PICandice Monson, PhD
Location(s)San Antonio, TX, and Killeen, TX
Aim

Compare the efficacy of traditional Prolonged Exposure therapy, an evidence-based therapy that involves only the individual service member, to Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy, which involves the service member and spouse and incorporates behavioral communication skills with traditional aspects of Cognitive Processing Therapy to address both individual and couple-level distress.

StatusEnrollment closed. Investigators analyzing data and publishing study findings.

Medical Deployment Resilience Study

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

Conduct a prospective evaluation of PTSD risk, resilience, natural recovery, and posttraumatic growth in medical personnel deployed to work at a combat theater hospital in Iraq; identify causative and protective factors and make recommendations on actions and training that can be used by the military to enhance resilience among its members.

StatusData collection complete. Performing analyses and publishing results.
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