Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Mental Health Research at the Providence VA Medical CenterHere at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) there are various studies taking place across the field of mental health. Taking part in research studies can be interesting for you and contributes to helping others by advancing scientists knowledge. Mental health researchers at the PVAMC are currently looking for volunteers to participate in research studies related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anger, guilt, and schizophrenia.
PTSD Research Opportunities
PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, an accident or disaster. After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. Listed below are several studies being conducted at the PVAMC, which focus on PTSD.
|PTSD and Depression: Dr. Noah Philip and his research team in the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) at the PVAMC are conducting a study examining the effects of synchronized transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) in Veterans with symptoms of PTSD and major depression. sTMS is a novel, non-invasive therapy that has previously been shown to reduce symptoms of depression. Eligible participants will be asked to complete a series of questionaires and interviews related to their mental health and may undergo up to three MRI scans. Additionally, participants may receive up to eight weeks of sTMS therapy and will be compensated for their time and effort.
Follow this link to learn more about Dr. Philip's sTMS study.
Click to learn more about PTSD and Virtual Reality.
This study involves an initial assessment to determine eligibility and then 12 weeks of individual therapy and 3 follow-up visits after treatment is complete. All visits are conducted by researchers and clincians here at the Providence VAMC. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort.
Please follow this link Fighting PTSD if you are interested in learning more about this study, or call and speak with a member of the research team.
Project Coordinator: Shauna Finley, PhD
Principle Investigator: M. Tracie Shea, PhD
Ph: (401) 273-7100 ext. 6251
Trauma Related Research Studies
After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is also common to experience feelings of anger or guilt. In addition to the studies listed above, researchers at the PVAMC are looking for volunteers that have been exposed to a traumatic event that may not have a diagnosis of PTSD, who experience feelings of guilt, regret, and/or anger.
Anger: Are you a returning Veteran struggling with anger problems? Dr. Shea and her team are conducting a study that is specifically looking for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who encountered a war related traumatic event and are currrently experiencing anger problems, for which they would like to receive treatment. This study involves an initial assessment to determine eligibility and then 12 weeks of individual therapy and 3 follow-up visits after treatment is complete. All visits are conducted by researchers and clinicians here at the Providence VAMC. Participants are compensated for their time and effort.
Follow this link to learn more about Dr. Shea's study "Treatment of Trauma-Related Anger".
Volunteers participating in the above study are also given the option to participate in a neuroimaging sub-study entitled "Functional Imaging in Veterans with Trauma-Related Anger Problems."
The purpose of this sub-study is to determine if a 12-week cognitive behavioral intervention results in functional connectivity among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with trauma-related anger problems. Participants will be asked to complete an fMRI scan pre and post treatment. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort.
Please follow this link, Treatment of Trauma Related Anger, or call and speak with a member of our research team.
Research Coordinator: Elizabeth (Mimi) Sevin, LCSW
Principal Investigator: M. Tracie Shea, PhD
Ph. (401) 273-7100 ext. 6280
Guilt: Dr. Capone and her research team are recruiting male and female OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who are endorsing significant distress related to an event that happened on deployment. All participants will receive 6 sessions of individual psychotherapy and will be compensated for their time upon completing the research assessments. Of note, Veterans do NOT need to have any particular mental health diagnosis (e.g. PTSD) in order to participate scinec the primary aim of this study is to reduce guilt.
Click to learn more about Project "Trauma Informed Guilt Reduction (TriGR) Intervention".
Please click here if you are interested in learning more about this thinking study, or call to speak directly with a member of our research team.