Cohen Veterans Center Study Participation Guidelines
Military veterans are invited to participate in research projects conducted by NYU Langone’s Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Our research is aimed at finding better ways to diagnose and treat mental health–related combat injuries. Volunteers 20 to 45 years old who served in the armed forces after September 11, 2001, are eligible. Proof of military service, such as a DD Form 214 or military ID, is required.
The Study Process
The goal of our research is to understand how your combat experience has affected your physical and mental health. Participation includes three sessions with our researchers, and some sessions may be completed over the phone. The total time commitment is 12 to 15 hours.
Participants are interviewed by a clinical psychologist. We also conduct laboratory exams, including blood testing, genetic testing, and MRI scans of the brain at NYU Langone. We ask you to fill out a self-report survey that details your combat experience, sleep patterns, mental health history, and overall physical health. A neurocognitive assessment tests your memory and attention skills.
We do not provide treatment for any condition, but we do tell you if the evaluation reveals any concerning medical issues. All information collected is kept strictly confidential and complies with federal standards for the protection and storage of health information.