Research helps improve lives by tackling problems like PTSD. Research allows us to:
From civilians and Veterans, we are learning more and more about the causes of PTSD and other reactions to trauma. We are trying to develop new and better ways to treat and prevent PTSD.
Because of research, here are some things we have learned about trauma over the past 20+ years:
Research findings indicate that several types of therapy and medication can effectively treat PTSD. The educational materials that you find on this website are based on the latest research on trauma and PTSD.
There are many forms of research on trauma and PTSD. Research on basic biological processes in the body can help us understand how PTSD affects the brain. It also helps show what medications can help those with PTSD. Research on PTSD assessment can help us make sure that the tools we use to measure PTSD are valid. Research also helps us to understand which PTSD treatments work best. For example, when a drug is developed, research is used to tell how well it works. This is not to say that one treatment works for everyone, or that treatments that do not yet have strong evidence behind them do not work.
You may be able to participate in research on trauma and PTSD. Taking part can help researchers learn more, and help those in need.
There are many ongoing studies at the VA's National Center for PTSD in which participants can enroll. Below is a list of several studies and contact information:
Description: This is a VA-funded project based at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. The target sample is 1200 separated OEF/OIF Veterans from all 50 states, and it involves a telephone interview every three months for one year. Veterans are compensated up to $250 for their time. All calls are confidential.
Principal Investigator: Rani Hoff, PhD
Contact for further information: Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 932-5711 ext 3730
Study Website: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn1/serv/
Study data collection ends: 10/1/2015
Description: This DOD-funded study is based at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System in Honolulu, HI. The study team is looking for female Veterans, and Reserve and National Guard service members on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island who have experienced trauma during their military service, which has resulted in PTSD. The purpose of the study is to test the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) when used through video teleconferencing. CPT is a proven cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on thoughts and feelings. In this study, there are twelve, 75-minute individual therapy sessions occurring once a week for twelve weeks or twice a week for six weeks. Study participants can be compensated up to $430 for their expenses.
Principal Investigator: Leslie Morland, PsyD, (808) 566-1934
Contact for further information: Tara Buckley, MSW, (808) 954-6388
Study Website: www.pathwaystochangehawaii.com*
Study data collection ends: December 31, 2013
Description: This is a VA-funded research study based in White River Junction, Vermont and collecting data at 17 VA Medical Center sites around the country. The goal of the study is to directly compare two evidence-based treatments for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), to determine which is more effective at treating PTSD symptoms. The target sample is 900 male and female Veterans with PTSD. Participation includes approximately 12 treatment sessions with a trained VA therapist as well as both telephone and in-person assessments. These assessments include a 2 hour baseline telephone assessment prior to treatment, and four 1 hour telephone assessments after beginning treatment. Recruitment will begin in Spring 2014.
Principal Investigator: Paula Schnurr, PhD
Contact for further information: Kristina.Caudle@va.gov, (802) 295-9363 ext 6955
Study Website: tbd
Study data collection begins: Spring 2014
There are many other research projects happening at the National Center for PTSD. Find out about what is being studied and how on our Research Initiatives page in the About Us section.