Treatment Research Collaboration

RESEARCH STUDIES

The Treatment Research Collaboration is currently undertaking pioneering research into PTSD and other complex military-related mental health issues.

We aim to test innovative psychological, social, and neurobiological treatments and delivery methods. This will include a particular focus on early intervention to reduce the cumulative impact of PTSD and related disorders.

FEATURED STUDIES

Attention training to augment veterans’ PTSD treatment (the ACTIVATE trial)

In this randomised-controlled pilot trial we want to find out if undertaking an innovative cognitive intervention, known as Attention Training, improves the outcomes of veterans undertaking standard treatment for PTSD.

This pilot is taking place in Brisbane in collaboration with Toowong Private Hospital and Tel Aviv University.

Understanding problem anger and its causes in Australian veterans (the UNPAC study)

In this study we want to understand how everyday thoughts, feelings, and actions might influence problem anger. Using innovative research methods, we’ll use modern smartphone technology to investigate what daily factors contribute to experiences of anger in Australian veterans.

This study will be recruiting Australia wide, and is open to Australian veterans with access to a smartphone.

Treatment augmentation for PTSD: A systematic review

In this review we will systematically map the ways researchers are currently augmenting evidence-based PTSD treatments. This will involve reviewing all randomised controlled trials which include an intervention designed to augment a first line PTSD treatment. This research will make an important contribution to the field by developing a consistent definition of augmentation to guide future research.

Defining response and non-response to treatment in patients with PTSD: A systematic review

In this review we will systematically examine published PTSD treatment trials in order to find out how researchers define treatment response and non-response. This review will highlight the challenges surrounding treatment response and non-response definitions within the area of PTSD treatment. Having clear definitions will help us to work towards a better understanding of when treatments can be considered to be effective.

This review is being conducted at the University of Melbourne.

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