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Clinical Research Unit

The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) conducts clinical investigations that integrate clinical, neurobiological, and technological methodologies.  Our ultimate goal is improving the personalized diagnosis and treatment of Veterans with trauma-related conditions. 
  • Psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and complementary and alternative interventions and innivative treatments (e.g. ketamine and TMS)
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Structural and functional neuroimaging techniques
  • Comorbidities related to trauma (e.g., substance use, pain, sleep disturbance) and postconcussive symptomatology (e.g., headaches, imbalance, tinnitus, cognitive difficulties)
  • Functional outcomes related to trauma (e.g., work/school performance, social functioning, and community integration)
The research goals of the CRU are:
  • DEVELOP & EVALUATE interventions for trauma-related conditions and provide evidence to support systematic and effective implementation in the VA
  • ELUCIDATE cognitive, brain, and behavioral sequelae of trauma by:
    Employing innovative methodologies to conduct phenotyping studies of risk factors and correlates of trauma-related conditions and symptoms to understand the nature and course of trauma-related disorders
    Examining the genetic, epigenetic, cognitive, behavioral, and environmental mechanisms underlying trauma-related conditions, comorbidities, and associated functional outcomes
    Working collaboratively to elucidate corresponding neurobiological processes
  • FOSTER novel discoveries about the mechanisms and markers of treatment response
  • WORK collaboratively to understand and quantify the neurobiological and psychophysiological components of these processes.

Clinical Research Admin

Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Research Unit

Amy J. Jak, Ph.D., Associate Director, Clinical Research Unit

Clinical Research Faculty

Niloofar Afari, Ph.D.

Jessica Bomyea, Ph.D.

Peter Colvonen, Ph.D.

Lisa Delano-Wood, Ph.D.

Matthew S. Herbert, Ph.D.

Katrina Maluf, Ph.D., PT

Sonya B. Norman, Ph.D.

Henry J. Orff, Ph.D.

Dawn M. Schiehser, Ph.D.

Chris Hunt, Ph.D.

Jackie Maye, Ph.D.

Jyoti Mishra, Ph.D.