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I am in a field that is changing and advancing exponentially. I like to think years ahead of what I envision the Center for BrainHealth to be 10-20 years out and then work backwards to achieve that change.

Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director

Military Service Members and the Brain

The Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute are committed to empowering one of our greatest national assets – military service members. Warrior initiatives at the Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute aim to arm veteran and active duty service members with the necessary tools to achieve successful, enriching and fulfilling personal and professional lives by proactively optimizing brain performance, building resilience in cognitive brain function, and reversing losses in cognitive capacity. By removing barriers and building bridges, we are helping America’s brave fighting men and women, both in and out of uniform, successfully reintegrate into civilian life and enjoy the quality of life they so courageously defend.

The Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute offer three programs specific to military service members.

Warrior Research Initiatives


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Study

The Center for BrainHealth is studying the efficacy of a novel, innovative therapeutic approach to treat veterans diagnosed with PTSD. In a study funded by the Department of Defense, the Center for BrainHealth team is combining cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with magnetic stimulation therapy, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), to reduce the symptoms associated with PTSD. The research team hypothesizes combination of techniques will help minimize hyperemotional recall of life-threatening or fearful memories of war that disrupt post-combat everyday life. The threatening feelings once triggered are lessened by rTMS treatments and cognitive therapies during periods when patients are not overly emotional, leading to hope that patients will no longer react dysfunctionally to commonplace events. The Department of Defense has awarded the Center $3 million to further this research and apply it specifically to service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Learn more.

See one veteran's experience with the PTSD study.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Study and Decision Making Study

Peer-reviewed research from the Center for BrainHealth has shown that guided brain training significantly improves higher-order cognitive performance in civilian adults with traumatic brain injury. Through a Department of Defense funded grant, Center researchers are now implementing the cognitive training program to determine whether service members with TBI similarly benefit from the intervention through enhancement of cognitive capacity and brain function. The impact of this research could enhance veterans’ mental productivity, improve cognitive capacity as well as rescue the long-term burden of disability on families and society as a whole. Learn more.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Virtual Training Study

Brain and Cognition Virtual Training Study for veterans and active duty military service members ages 19-65. Learn more.

 

See more about how the Center is working with veterans through TBI research.

High Performance Brain Training at the Brain Performance Institute

The Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (or SMART) program, developed at the Center for BrainHealth, is based on more than 30 years of neuroscience research. The brain-training program equips veteran service members with an essential toolkit to become strategic learners, deeper-level thinkers and innovation generators. Outcome measures on veterans who have participated in the
high performance program show improvement in mood, improvement in trained cognitive areas as well as real-life improvement in untrained areas, including:

  • Managing finances,
  • Sustaining an active social life,
  • Maintaining a home,
  • Retaining organizational skills,
  • Successfully retaining a job.

For more information, contact Warrior Training Team member and veteran, Mike Rials at 972-883-3416 or mike.rials@utdallas.edu.

See how the program has benefitted other warriors.

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EEG Study Findings Reveal How Fear is Processed in the Brain

New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online today in Brain and Cognition illustrates how fear arises in the brain when individuals are exposed to threatening images. This novel study is the first to separate emotion from threat by controlling for the dimension of arousal.

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Alison Rodman, M.Ed.

SMART Program Facilitator

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