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Are You a Veteran Suffering from Posttraumatic Stress?

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 a U.S. armed forces veteran


You have been experiencing symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress


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.


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


  • Qualifying veterans will be compensated up to $710 for participating.

Why Participate?

  • Participants will receive an established treatment for PTSD at no cost.
  • Neither treatment involves medication or discussing traumatic experiences.
  • Participants may see improvements in their PTSD symptoms.
  • Participants will be contributing valuable information that may benefit Veterans with PTSD in the future.
  • Qualifying Veterans 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 $710.
  • Participants will be helping to advance mental health research.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the New York State Psychiatric Institute IRB Protocol #8172

Description of Treatments

Half of the Veterans participating will be randomly chosen to receive Present Centered Therapy (PCT) and the other half will learn Transcendental Meditation (TM). Participating Veterans will be randomly assigned to receive Present Centered Therapy or Transcendental Meditation.

PCT is a non-trauma focused therapy given through a therapist trained specifically to deliver this treatment. It’s called “present centered” as the goal is to help the person develop an approach to dealing with their symptoms rather than revisiting past traumatic events.

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 treatments will require the same number of visits and amount of time. In addition to the treatment visits, you will also attend assessment visits before treatment, after treatment, 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


San Diego, CALos Angeles, CAPalo Alto, CABoston, MANew York, NY
Long Island, NYWashington, DC

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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