Research Study.
A research study through VA San Diego investigating the effects of trauma on the brain.
San Diego, CA
Compensation Provided
Military Veteran
Experienced Past Trauma
21 to 65 Years Old
Fast Facts
About our research:
Our studies investigate novel treatments for Military Veterans struggling with past trauma. We are working to understand the effects previous trauma has on brain functioning in Veterans.
A new, computer-based, cognitive training program on PTSD symptoms evaluating the usefulness for improving memory and attention and decreasing symptoms related to PTSD following interpersonal trauma.
Researching the effect of combat-related stress and trauma on brain functioning.
Understanding how people with various neurological and genetic characteristics respond to SSRI medications (e.g. Zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac) as a treatment for PTSD, depression, or anxiety.
Some of our investigations include:
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The objective of the studies is investigating various effects of trauma on brain functioning.
Is this study for me?
You are eligible if you fit the following criteria:
  • Military Veteran
  • Have experienced a traumatic or stressful event
  • Between the ages of 21 and 65 years old
What will happen if I participate in a study?
Our studies vary in the type of interaction you will have with us. This could include computer-based cognitive training, medication trials, or one-time visits. The goal of these studies is to potentially improve symptoms related to PTSD and other cognitive functions. Due to Covid-19, some of our studies offer remote visits.

During appointments, you will be asked to
  • Complete questionnaires and clinical interviews
  • Undergo an MRI scan (unless participating in a remote visit)
  • Complete cognitive tests (like reading and memory tests)
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Compensation varies by study and ranges from $150 to $300 for participation in a study.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There will be no cost to you to participate in the study and you will help advance research for other Veterans.