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Pacific Islands Division Research

The Pacific Islands Division in Honolulu, HI, focuses on improving access to care for active duty personnel and Veterans by improving understanding of cultural attitudes and the use of advanced technology such as telemedicine to reach out to Veterans unable to otherwise access adequate care.


Department of Defense (DoD) funding has allowed for the development of several new assessment tools, one to assess neuro-cognitive and psychosocial functioning in Veterans with PTSD, and another to help front line medical support personnel to more rapidly and accurately detect PTSD and concussion in order to get the service member into appropriate treatment. Results show excellent reliability and validity for these instruments (this instrument was also the first to receive FDA clearance for an automated Neurobehavioral Assessment Tool). The Division is also part of a DoD sponsored team that developed and tested an assessment-guided intervention application with both subjective and psychophysiological assessments that trigger relevant psychoeducational skill-based interventions delivered within the app for use with combat Veterans with PTSD.

Treatment Research

Investigators recently completed trials that deliver evidence-based PTSD treatments via videoconferencing, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to rural Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), CPT for female Veterans, polytrauma treatment via Home-Based Telehealth by a team of specialists to Veterans who have difficulty leaving their homes for treatment, and couples therapy when one member of the couple is a rural Veteran with PTSD.

A recently funded study examines the amount and location of PTSD treatment among Veterans based on presence or absence of a comorbid substance use disorder. In addition, a qualitative (focus group) project examined the interface of individual, family, and community factors associated with PTSD service utilization among rural Veterans. Finally, a data repository of randomized controlled trials that used evidence-based treatment for Veterans with PTSD is being assembled to examine factors that may help us understand factors that influence PTSD treatment.

Other projects emphasize advanced technology to reach rural Veterans for whom specialized care for their PTSD is not easily available. As an example, an anger management application developed in collaboration with the Behavioral Sciences Division was tested on a pilot sample.

Specific Populations

A completed survey study of partners of Veterans with PTSD yielded evidence of knowledge gaps and opportunities for education and support targeted to spouses and families, as well as substantial qualitative data indicating both positive and negative impacts on spouses' (partners') emotional, physical, and social well-being. Several ongoing studies examine ethnic minority populations with regard to prevalence of PTSD and corresponding functional status, stigma, access to care for Veterans with PTSD, the role of spousal support, and identifying unique risk and resilience correlates of PTSD in ethno-racially diverse Veterans.

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