Research Projects

The work of the Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions focuses on a cycle of knowledge, practice, and policy, built upon a foundation of collective action.

Knowledge

The Centre gathers and generates knowledge on military and Veteran mental health by conducting and facilitating applied research in PTSD and related mental health conditions.

Practice

The Centre brings together partners and transforms knowledge into training and resources to ensure Veterans and their families are receiving the best possible supports and services.

Policy

The Centre co-creates and shares standards for emerging and best practices with policy makers, mental health professionals, the Veteran Affairs Canada network of Operational Stress Injury Clinics, and Canadian Forces Health Services.

With the support and guidance of the community, our partnerships, and our Veteran, Family, Service Provider, and Researcher Reference Groups our goal is to gather existing knowledge and generate new knowledge in the areas of:

  • Peer Support
  • Moral Injury
  • Types of Treatment for PTSD
  • Veteran Family Mental Health
  • COVID-19 and Veterans’ Mental Health
  • Media Representation of Veterans
  • Military Sexual Trauma

The Centre has an ongoing interest in creating new and diverse partnerships to initiate large-scale applied research projects that enhance the evidence base on Canadian Veterans’ mental health care needs and effective treatments.

If your research interests align with the priorities identified above, contact us to discuss potential partnership opportunities, or to inquire about our current research.

What we do

  • The Centre develops scientific knowledge in the area of Veteran, Veteran families, and RCMP mental health by initiating large-scale applied research studies in partnership with academic researchers and community organizations.
  • We increase Canadian expertise and knowledge on PTSD and related mental health conditions in Veteran, Veteran families, and RCMP populations.
  • We translate the latest research and evidence on PTSD and related mental health conditions into programming, practice, and policy.
  • We conduct regular, systematic reviews of Canadian and international research on PTSD and related mental health conditions to identify, examine, and share what works.
  • We identify current needs, priorities, gaps, and opportunities within existing and emerging research on, and treatment for, PTSD and related mental health conditions.

Our research will:

  • help raise awareness of leading-edge and innovative research on PTSD treatment
  • identify and address information and evidence gaps about PTSD among Canadian Veterans, their families and loved ones, RCMP officials, mental health professionals, employers, educators, policy makers, and researchers
  • develop and implement research capacity on Veteran and Veteran family mental health care needs and effective treatments
  • Build capacity to address priorities in research on PTSD

How we do it

The Centre is designed to ensure Veterans, their families, RCMP officials, mental health service providers and researchers have access to the latest evidence.

The Centre is committed to being a leader in equitable and inclusive research. We know that population-based research and initiatives can be more relevant and meaningful and have more of an impact when they are responsive to the community’s unique needs and values. This is best achieved when research is informed by lived and living experience and expertise, and done in authentic collaboration with communities.

We uphold several values in our research practices:

  • The incorporation of the perspectives, priorities, and voices of persons with lived and living experience and expertise through advisory groups, reference groups, working groups, and/or communities of practice is an integral component of each research project at the Centre.
  • The unique experiences of women and LGBTQ2S Veterans and racialized Veterans is a priority area for Centre research.
  • The Centre rigorously applies all aspects of Sex and Gender-based Analysis Plus (SGBA+) to each of its research projects.

Become a research partner

The Centre has an ongoing interest in creating new and diverse partnerships to initiate large-scale applied research projects to advance Veteran mental health care and effective treatments.

Learn more about our research priorities and projects. If our research priorities align, contact us.