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Clinical Treatment Studies

Our clinical psychology researchers develop and test novel treatments for service members with psychological conditions ( depression, PTSD), including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches.

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Background

Compared to civilians, active duty service members are at increased risk for developing certain psychological conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder (AUD), and major depressive disorder (MDD). To improve the health and readiness of service members with mental health problems, our clinical and research psychologists develop and test treatments active duty populations.

Because service members suffering from multiple psychological disorders are at particularly high risk of negative health outcomes, our research involves developing and testing novel treatments for multiple mental health conditions. Other efforts within our Clinical Treatment portfolio test complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments for mental and behavioral health problems.

Value

    Clinical psychologist researchers support the health and readiness of service members by developing and evaluating treatments to reduce symptoms and improve functioning in personnel with psychological and behavioral health problems, promoting recovery and enabling service members to return to full duty.

Goals

  • Develop and test treatments that target the unique needs of the military population.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of complementary and alternative treatments for improving service members’ psychological symptoms and wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capabilites

  • Clinical expertise in diagnosis of mental health conditions
  • Treatment outcome and program evaluation research
  • Knowledge of and experience with evidence-based therapies for specific mental and behavioral health problems
  • Use of technology to enhance the delivery or efficacy of psychological programs (telemedicine, mobile apps, and biofeedback)
  • Collaborations with academic partners and personnel at military treatment facilities to maximize research excellence, relevance, and efficiency

Current Research

  • Development and evaluation of a novel treatment for service members with comorbid PTSD and MDD
  • Evaluation and comparison of the effectiveness of two complementary and alternative medicine programs for reducing mental health symptoms and enhancing rehabilitation among wounded, ill, and injured service members
  • Development and evaluation of a training program to improve the skill and comfort of military mental health care providers in working with suicidal patients