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Army STARRS: Vol 2, Iss 01 (UPDATED JANUARY 22,2018)

This document is an ongoing continuous summary of Army STARRS and STARRS-LS publications. Army STARRS (2009-2015) was the largest and most comprehensive research project of mental health among U.S. Army Soldiers ever conducted. The project was designed to examine a broad range of risk and resilience (protective) factors across a complex set of outcomes including suicidal behaviors and associated mental health issues. Army STARRS scientists created a series of large and extensive databases with the potential to achieve groundbreaking results. These databases allow scientists to investigate a diverse combination of factors from demographic, psychological, biological, neurological, behavioral, and social domains with the goal of generating actionable findings for the Army. The project was designed using an adaptive approach which means it evolved as new information became available over the course of the project. The research team shared preliminary findings, as they became available, with senior Army leadership so the Army could apply them to its ongoing health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts. The work is continuing under the STARRS Longitudinal Study (STARRS-LS) which runs from 2015 to 2020.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY RESOURCES

In support of those responding to the wildfires in California, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, evacuation centers, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, exposure and contamination, and workplace management during crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE

First Baptist Church Shootings in Sutherland Springs Disaster Response and Recovery Resources

In response to the tragic shootings at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created resource page with information and educational fact sheets which provides disaster mental health information to assist families, responders, community leaders, and healthcare providers in response and recovery efforts. The resource page can found HERE.

American Psychiatric Association's Military and Veteran Mental Health Series

The American Psychiatric Association, in collaboration with the Society of Uniformed Services Psychiatrists, has released the Military and Veteran Mental Health Series. This series provides free online courses to member psychiatrists who treat and interact with service members, veterans, and their families. Members may be eligible for up to 3.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Please click HERE for more details

US Army Culture for Researchers Book

The Center has developed "US Army Culture: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Researchers" to assist researchers with understanding Army culture and how this impacts the development, conduct, and analysis of research involving soldiers and their families. The book provides information on a range of Army topics including: history and culture; understanding Active, Guard and Reserve components; key terminology and rank structure; as well as pragmatic suggestions to enhance research and related products. The book can be accessed here.

Las Vegas Concert Shooting Disaster Response and Recovery Resources

In response to the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, and workplace management following a crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE

MEXICO EARTHQUAKES DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY RESOURCES

In support of those responding to the earthquakes in Mexico, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, evacuation centers, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, and workplace management during crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE.

HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, KATIA AND MARIA

In response to the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Katia, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, evacuation centers, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, and workplace management during crisis communication, and workplace management during crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Research Review Summer 2017

CSTS is pleased to release the Summer 2017 edition of Research Review (RR). RR presents summaries of current and emerging research in the areas of intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment. In this edition, the subjects of the child maltreatment articles are colic, assessment of physical abuse and the risk for fatalities, resilience in children, and educational neglect. IPV articles are on the relationships between IPV and animal abuse, adult conflict and breakups, families with complex needs, and needs of female victims of IPV. RR can be freely distributed to anyone who may benefit from this information.

PTSD Brain Bank News Spot

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The Uniformed Services University and Veteran's Administration have partnered to open the national PTSD Brain Bank, where researchers will investigate the impact of stress, trauma and PTSD on brain tissue. This work is being conducted in order to advance the scientific knowledge of PTSD, particularly the identification of PTSD biomarkers. Recent media coverage of the Brain Bank, it's relevance and potential impacts can be found here.