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Research Recruitment


Our research studies aim to better understand and develop interventions for conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), trauma, stress, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. We hope that these studies will lead to new treatment and prevention strategies to improve care for Veterans.

There are opportunities for you to participate in these research studies. Some studies are just one visit, while others occur over multiple visits. All studies provide compensation for your time.

What You Should Know about Volunteering for Research


Learn more about volunteering for research in the VA

Download the VA brochure on volunteering for research

Contact the Eastern Colorado Health Care System VA Research Office at 720-857-5094 if you have any questions or concerns.


Current Research Participation Opportunities


Denver Based

Perspectives of Female Veterans, VHA Providers, and Family Members on Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicide --- COMIRB #19-0255

The goal of this study is to improve firearm-related suicide prevention efforts for women Veterans by gathering information from three participant groups:

  1. Women Veterans who have owned firearm(s) or lived in a home with firearm(s) as adults and who have experienced thoughts of suicide or suicide attempt(s) in their lifetime
  2. Partners/spouses of women Veterans who have had firearm(s) in their household while living together
  3. VA outpatient mental health or primary care providers who serve women Veterans (part or all of patients served)

By talking to individuals from the above groups, we hope to learn more to ensure that firearm lethal means safety interventions for suicide prevention are tailored to the needs and experiences of women Veterans and that helpful resources are available for family members and healthcare providers.


If you belong to one the groups listed above, please consider participating in this study to help women Veterans.

If you are interested in participating, please call our Research Coordinator, Suzanne Thomas, at 720-723-6555, or visit our study website.

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Microbiome Research Study --- COMIRB #15-1885

We are seeking Veterans to participate in a research study about microorganisms on the body and in the environment.

Participants will attend one in-person session to complete questionnaires and provide samples. Follow-up appointments are completed every six months in-person, over the phone, or via survey link.

Compensation will be provided.

For more information, contact Lori Mendoza (720) 857-5627

Military and Veteran Microbiome

Salt Lake City Based

Please contact Dr. Yurgelun-Todd (801-582-1565 x2821 with questions regarding research participation in the Salt Lake City area.


Helpful Resources for Study Participants and Veterans


If you need immediate medical or mental health attention, please call 911.

If you are a Veteran or Service member in crisis — or you're concerned about one — please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, then press 1 —OR— start a confidential chat by texting 838255 or visiting

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also provides 24/7, free, confidential support for anyone.

Find your nearest VA facility:

Information regarding care offered at Vet Centers:

Information regarding VA care provided to women Veterans:

Mental health information:

Free health-related mobile apps for Veterans:

Substance Use Treatment

Information about Military Sexual Trauma and related VA treatment options and benefits:

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN),
a 24/7, toll-free hotline and chat (links callers to the nearest RAINN-associated rape crisis center and can assist survivors in obtaining services):

Information regarding Intimate Partner Violence:

VA homeless services
for Veterans:

Information on coping with the COVID-19 pandemic:


The Rocky Mountain MIRECC has many educational resources to support Veterans. These resources are available virtually and as printed copies (request for free here). If you have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, Uniting for Suicide Postvention provides resources for ongoing support.

For additional information regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention program, please visit their website.

If you would like to learn more about the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention, please visit our website.

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Contact Information


Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC (RMR VAMC)
1700 N Wheeling St, G-3-116M
Aurora, CO 80045

Salt Lake City

VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
500 Foothill DR
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
801-582-1565 x2821

Last Updated 26 Jul 2021