PTSD Treatments

Couple HOPES (Helping Overcome PTSD and Enhancing Satisfaction) Program Evaluation Project

Project Summary: Couple HOPES is an online program designed to help people better manage symptoms of PTSD while improving a close relationship. It is based on the key elements of an effective therapy for PTSD for couples, called Cognitive Behavioural Conjoint Therapy.

This program consists of seven online modules made up of training videos and brief accompanying assignments. Each person, with their chosen partner (e.g., partner, spouse, adult child, adult parent), using Couple HOPES is assigned a coach who helps them understand and use the new skills taught in each module.

The aim of this evaluation project is to assess the effectiveness of training formal peer supporters, using a virtual platform, as Couple HOPES coaches. It is also assessing the program’s impact on PTSD symptoms experienced by Canadian Veterans (CAF, RCMP) and the pair’s relationship. The results of this evaluation will be shared with Veterans and their Families, peer support organizations, and other researchers to help inform new ways of advancing care and support for Veterans and their Families.

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Candice Monson, Ryerson University
  • Co-Investigators: Kelly Bradley, MaryAnn Notarianni, and Fardous Hosseiny, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Partners: Ryerson University, York University
  • Advisory Group: Yes

Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) for Canadian Veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Project Summary: This project is studying the outcomes of practicing Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) for Canadian Veterans (CAF and RCMP) with PTSD. It will increase understanding of the effectiveness of this mind-body intervention (SKY) and about impacts on effectiveness when delivered through video calls. Other valuable information on access to services and virtual delivery will also be collected and shared.
  • Principal Investigators: Abhimanyu Sud and Ross Upshur, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Sinai Health
  • Co-Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and MaryAnn Notarianni, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Partners: Sinai Health, International Association for Human Values
  • Advisory Group: To be established

Treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Project Summary: The aim of this project is to create a comprehensive encyclopedia-like list of currently available psychotherapies and complementary treatments for PTSD. This guide will help Veterans and their families make more informed decisions as they navigate treatment pathways.
  • Principal Investigator: Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions

Improving machine-learning-driven development and identification of PTSD phenotypes

  • Project Summary: This study’s intent is to acquire Electroencephalogram-functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (EEG-fMRI) data from PTSD patients and identify novel biomarkers for characterization of an individual’s type of PTSD. Such a characterization tool might also lead to the development of novel individualized PTSD treatments.
  • Principal Investigators: Ruth Lanius, Western University
  • Co-Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Gabrielle Galley, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Partners: Western University

Peer support scoping review and mapping exercise

  • Project Summary:
    • Scoping Review: A collection and review of the evidence about peer support for Veterans, their families, and first responders.
    • Mapping Exercise: Co-led with VETS Canada, this project aims to map out organizations who offer peer support for Veterans and their families. The findings of this mapping exercise, in conjunction with the findings of the scoping review, will support the creation of an evidence-informed tiered model of specialized peer support.
  • Principal Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Gabrielle Galley, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Co-Investigators: Jim Thompson, Queens University; Debbie Lowther and Jim Lowther, VETS Canada; Duncan Shields, University of British Colombia; Alexandra Heber, Veterans Affairs Canada; Suzette Brémault-Phillips, University of Alberta; Sascha Davis, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Meriem Benlamri, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Partners: VETS Canada, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia, Veterans Affairs Canada, University of Alberta, The Royal, Carleton University, Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Association, LGBTQ+ Purge Fund, It’s Not Just 700, Veteran’s Transition Network, Operational Stress Injury Social Support, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
  • Advisory Group: Yes

Transdiagnostic sleep intervention for veterans delivered by telehealth (TIRED)

  • Project Summary: This intervention study aims to test the feasibility and efficacy of a novel sleep treatment called Transdiagnostic Sleep and Circadian Intervention (Trans-C). The aims of the TIRED study are to test the efficacy of the Trans-C intervention in Veterans and first responders and to examine the feasibility of delivering the Trans-C intervention via telehealth
  • Principal Investigators: Meaghan O’Donnell and Winnie Lau, The Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • Co-Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions; Rebecca Robillard, Royal Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research; Dzenana Kartal, Abdullah Arjmand, Andrea Phelps, and David Forbes, The Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health; Allison Harvey, Berkley – University of California; Rene Stolwyk, Monash University; Kim Felmingham, University of Melbourne
  • Partners: The Royal Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of California, Berkeley, Monash University, University of Melbourne
  • Advisory Group: No