Project

PTSD and TBI in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

PTSD and TBI in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Principal Investigator: Werner, Kimberly
August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2021
Funder: Veteran’s Affairs
Official Title: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury in Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

This study is being conducted by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), part of the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL), under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Werner, PhD. This study is in partnership with the Veteran’s Administration Boston Healthcare System (including the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Women’s Health Science Division, and the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders [TRACTS]) and the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The purpose of this research study is to better understand traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and stress disorders in women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). More specifically, we are studying the unique and combined effects of mild TBI and stress related disorders on physical and mental health, cognitive functioning, and brain structure. This study assesses active duty military, Veteran, and civilian women who are survivors of IPV. The goal of the study is to help us understand the effects of head injuries and stress related disorders on physical and mental health, cognitive functioning, and brain health.
This research has led to the development of “Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With and Without Traumatic Brain Injury in Women Survivors of Partner Intimate Violence” study where we provide treatment to eligible women who have completed the previous assessments. The purpose of this research study is to learn about effective ways of delivering treatment for PTSD and how experiencing a head injury might impact treatment effectiveness.

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