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Research at the National Center for PTSD: Join a Study



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This section is for Veterans, General Public, Family, and Friends

Research at the National Center for PTSD: Join a Study

Taking part in research studies can be interesting for you and it contributes to helping others by advancing what we know about trauma and PTSD. For example, you might help researchers better understand:

  • How trauma affects individuals and communities
  • How PTSD affects people over time or how it affects different types of people
  • Which treatments are best for PTSD and related symptoms
  • How to decrease risk for PTSD

What You You Need to Know before Taking Part in Research

It's a good idea to learn more about what to expect and what to ask the research project staff before you volunteer to participate in a study. Helpful information can be found in FAQs from VA's Office of Research Oversight and A Participant's Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Most studies involve informed consent. This is a process of learning about the benefits, potential risks, and eligibility requirements for the study. Your agreement to participate should be based upon clear understanding of the study and how it might affect you.

In addition to the studies by National Center for PTSD investigators listed below, you can also find out about the different types of research on PTSD and trauma that are accepting volunteers by:

  • Searching for government-funded studies on PTSD using, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Looking for opportunities to participate at your local VA

Research Opportunities at the National Center for PTSD

There are always studies at National Center for PTSD sites that are looking for volunteers. Many of these studies provide financial compensation to participants. You can use the contact information listed below to obtain more information or to see if you are eligible to enroll. Please note that many studies seek volunteers without PTSD in addition to volunteers who experience the condition.

Study: Tobacco Treatment as Augmentation to Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

Location: VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
Description: This VA-funded study seeks volunteers who are smokers with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The purpose of the study is to test how tobacco use affects recovery from PTSD during PTSD treatment. In this study, there are 26 visits over 6 months. Participants may receive tobacco cessation treatment or health education treatment and all participants will receive PTSD treatment. Study participants will be paid for participation.
Principal Investigator: Sandra Japuntich, Ph.D.
Study Website: Details available via
Contact for further information: Study line - (857)364-4158
Study Data Collection: Ongoing until March 2019

Study: Neurobiological and Psychological Benefits of Exercise in Chronic Pain and PTSD

Location: VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain
Description: This is a VA-funded project based at the VA Boston Healthcare System in Boston, MA. The study is seeking 60 Veterans who are trauma exposed, with or without chronic pain and PTSD, to participate in a three month exercise training program. We are interested in determining the potential psychological and neurobiological benefits exercise has to offer to individuals suffering from chronic pain and PTSD. Veterans are compensated up to $885 for their participation in all aspects of the study. All information is confidential.
Principal Investigator: Erica Scioli-Salter, PhD
Contact for further information: Joyce Ambrosino, RN, (857) 364-5568
Study data collection: Ongoing until September 31, 2018

For more information

Find out about research topics at each Division of the National Center for PTSD on our Research Initiatives page in the About Us section.

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