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Cohen Veterans Study

A Study on Post-Traumatic Stress, TBI, and Depression

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Study on Post-traumatic Stress and TBI

The mission of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center is to accelerate the discovery of measurable medical characteristics, known as biomarkers, that would allow healthcare professionals to objectively diagnost post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury in veterans.

The Etkin Lab is a collaborator on the Cohen study, and dedicated to lessening the burden of these conditions on service members, veterans, and their families. We aim to improve the detection of treatment of PTSD and TBI through cutting-edge research.

What Does the Study Involve?
If you qualify, you will be asked to visit Stanford/Palo Alto VA for approximately 4 visits.

    • Clinical Psychological Assessments (Interview)
    • Genetic Blood test
    • Electroencephalography (EEG)
    • Computer-based tests
    • Functional MRI
    • TMS

Study Criteria
We are looking for participants who:

    • Served in Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and/or Operation New Dawn
    • Are male or female veterans or active duty service members
    • Have proof of military service (DD214 or military ID)

All information collected is confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team. Your name and any information that can identify you will not be used in our reports.

You will be compensated up to $535 for your time and effort for participating in this study.

How Do I Sign Up?
The first step toward participating in this research study is to call 650.725.9510 or click the link below to schedule a time to speak with us.



For more information on what to expect from the study procedures listed on the left:

What to expect from a fMRI:

What to expect from an EEG

What to expect from TMS:

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