Military Service Members and the Brain

The Center for BrainHealth and its Brain Performance Institute are committed to empowering one of our greatest national assets – military service members. Center for BrainHealth research studies and Brain Performance Institute warrior initiatives aim to arm veterans and current 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 its Brain Performance Institute offer several programs specific to military service members and their families.

Research for warriors at the Center for BrainHealth

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Study

At the Center for BrainHealth we are developing unique treatments specifically designed to meet the needs of OEF/OIF veterans. Research indicates that combining Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with a non-invasive, targeted brain stimulation device, High Definition-Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS), may enhance recovery from PTSD symptoms; we’re investigating the overall benefits of these paired treatments.To see if you are eligible to participate, click here.

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 implemented the cognitive training program to determine whether service members with TBI similarly benefit from the intervention through enhancement of cognitive capacity and brain function. Findings from this research were publised in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in May 2015 and its impact showed improved cognitive performance and psychological and neural health in veterans following the strategy based training . Learn more here.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Virtual Training Study

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

Warrior Initiatives at the Brain Performance Institute

High Performance Brain Training

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:

For more information, contact Warrior Training Team member and veteran, Mike Rials at 972-883-3416 or

Military Spouses and Caregivers: Thanks to a partnership with La Quinta Inns & Suites we are able to offer this top-tier training to military spouses and caregivers. For more information, contact Cheryl Endres or 580-284-9522.

See how the program has benefitted other warriors.

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