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You May Qualify for A Research Study

*Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential.

A Message From

Gene "Dusty" Baxley

U.S. Airborne Ranger (ret)

You May Qualify for a Research Study Comparing Meditation and Therapy as Treatments for PTS


You may be eligible for this study if:


You are either a U.S. Military Veteran, an Active Duty Member of the Military or an Active Duty or Retired First Responder (i.e., Law Enforcement, Firefighter, EMT)


You have been experiencing symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress for at least 3 months


You are available for 4 in-person sessions and additional online sessions over nine months

About this Research Study

The study will investigate the effectiveness of meditation and therapy as treatments for Posttraumatic Stress (PTS) among Veterans, Active Duty Military Members and First Responders.


  • You may receive an intervention for your PTS symptoms in the form of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) or Present Centered Therapy (PCT)
  • Neither intervention involves medication or discussing traumatic experiences.


  • Qualifying participants will be compensated up to $1000 for participating.

Why Participate?

  • Neither intervention involves medication or discussing traumatic experiences.
  • Qualifying Participants will be compensated for their time and effort in participating. They will be compensated based on their level of participation. Compensation may be up to a maximum of $1000.
  • Participants will be helping to advance mental health research.

Description of Interventions

Half of the participants will be randomly chosen to receive Present Centered Therapy (PCT), and the other half will learn Transcendental Meditation (TM).

PCT is designed to facilitate adaptive responses to ongoing stress and difficulties with the goal of trying to return the clients to their best optimal level of functioning.

TM is a form of meditation that is done sitting quietly with eyes closed. It involves the repetition of a silent-used sound that will be given, this is called a mantra. The mantra is typically practiced for 20 minutes twice a day and is taught by a certified instructor.

Both interventions will require the same number of visits and amount of time. In addition to the intervention visits, you will also attend assessment visits before the intervention, during the intervention, and at two follow-up periods 3 and 6 months after treatment to evaluate changes in your symptoms.

This research study is taking place in several locations. To see if there is any research site near you, check out the research partners below


New York


Columbia University Medical Center: 1051 Riverside Dr, at 168th St, New York, NY

University of Southern California: 2250 Alcazar Street, Suite 2200 Los Angeles, CA

Northwell Health: 132 East Main Street Bay Shore, NY, 175 Community Dr., 2nd Floor Great Neck, NY

University of California at San Diego: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA

Stanford University: 3801 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94304

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you can withdraw at any time.
  • Any information that you provide will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Next Steps

  1. Enter your contact information below to answer some eligibility questions and find out if you may qualify.
  2. If eligible, a member of the research team will contact you to discuss the study and answer any questions you may have.

You May Qualify for a Research Study

*Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential.

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