Summary: Are you a U.S. military veteran of any era of service experiencing repeated unwanted memories, nightmares, nervousness, difficulty concentrating, jumpiness, anger, irritability, and/or sleep problems due to a military sexual trauma (MST)? These may be symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Emory’s Veterans Program may have a way to help. As part of a treatment research study, Emory’s Veterans Program is offering treatment for PTSD stemming from MST.
Current or former military service members are eligible, regardless of military service era (i.e. Vietnam, Gulf War, Post-9/11, etc.); other eligibility criteria apply. All participants will receive virtual reality exposure (VRE) therapy. Participants will receive a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 therapy sessions. Therapy sessions are weekly and individual, and last approximately 90 minutes per session. In addition to treatment sessions, there will be several additional assessment visits, with each including diagnostic evaluation, completion of self-report measures, and physiological recordings. Participants will be assessed before treatment, six weeks after the initial assessment, and at a 3-month follow-up to assess progress. Some participants will complete a fourth assessment. The treatment is free of charge, and for each of the assessments participants will be compensated $50 for time and travel.