Research

Treatment & Assessment Studies

Brief interventions for short-term suicide risk reduction in military populations

In this randomized clinical trial, we will compare three commonly-used crisis interventions with active duty service members who present to an emergency mental health service reporting current suicidal ideation with intent to die. It is expected that enrollment for this study will begin in approximately one year.


PRImary care Screening Methods (PRISM)

In this study, we are testing the ability of a new suicide prevention screening instrument to predict future suicide attempts among military personnel, retirees, and family members seeking care from military primary care clinics. We are additionally seeking to quantify the proportion of individuals who are "missed" by existing screening methods. This study is currently underway.


Brief cognitive-behavior therapy for managing suicidal behaviors

In this randomized clinical trial, are comparing a brief-cognitive behavioral therapy (B-CBT) to usual care in the treatment of active duty service members who report suicidal ideation with intent to die and/or a recent suicide attempt.


Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) to prevent opioid dependence in military personnel with chronic pain

In this treatment study, we are comparing the effectiveness of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) to supportive group counseling for the prevention of opioid and narcotic misuse and addiction among active duty Soldiers with chronic pain conditions. MORE is a group therapy shown to be effective for reducing chronic pain and opioid misuse in civilian patients. This study is currently underway.


Pre-clinical Studies

Evaluation of suicidality, cognitions, and pain experience (ESCAPE): Implications for CBT in military populations

In this cross-sectional research study, we are investigating specific thought processes and cognitive styles associated with suicide risk among patients with chronic pain conditions.


Guilt, shame, and suicide risk in a military clinical population

In this pilot cross-sectional research study, we will investigate the experience of shame, guilt, and trauma among active duty military personnel receiving mental health care at several military clinics, and determine the interrelationship of these variables with suicide risk.


Traumatic brain injuries and suicide risk in deployed service members

In this study, we are seeking to understand factors associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and suicide risk among several clinical and nonclinical samples of military personnel deployed to Iraq during 2009.


Nonclinical Studies

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The National Center for Veterans Studies and Couple Laboratory for Observational StudiEs (CLOSE)

Seeks participants to help us learn about links between risk for suicide and the ways that partners in committed relationships couples have conversations about their relationships and what they find meaningful in life.


Predictors of academic success among college student veterans

In this survey, we will assess veterans' experiences both on and off college and university campuses in order to identify factors that contribute to veteran success in school.


Analyses of risk and protective factors for trauma-related events

In this cross-sectional study, we are seeking to identify protective factors associated with a range of traumatic experiences among college students and active duty military personnel.


Risk and protective factors for PTSD and social-occupational impairment among Special Operations Forces (SOF) Personnel

In this longitudinal surveillance study, we will prospectively investigate individual, social, operational, and environmental risk and protective factors associated with social-occupational impairment, resiliency, and psychological symptoms among Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel.


NCVS Collaborations

The NCVS is actively engaged in collaborative research efforts with various sites within the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and with other researchers investigating military-related issues and topics.

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For questions or comments on this project, please contact:

Craig Bryan, PsyD

ncvs@utah.edu