University of Central Florida (UCF) Restores: Clinical Research Center Focusing on PTSD

Sep 2, 2019 | Behavioral Health, CNS, PTSD, US DOD

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University of Central Florida (UCSF) Restores, a clinical research center specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will launch therapy programs in three U.S. military installations in Fall 2019. These “pop-up” treatment programs are made possible by a $10 million grant into 2018 offered by the U.S. Department of Defense.

What is UCF Restores?

UCF Restores is a treatment clinic offering clinical services to veterans, active-duty military, first responders, survivors of trauma, and community members experiencing PTSD related concerns.

Part of the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida, the clinic is dedicated to the treatment of those impacted by trauma. Their clinical research activities range from studies designed to elucidate phenomenology, developmental course, etiology, treatment development and evaluation, methodology development and evaluation, and the systematic examination of resilience and prevention.

UCF Restores team of psychologists have developed a multi-disciplinary treatment approach that utilizes technology and exposure techniques to reduce the distressing symptoms that often accompany the direct or indirect experience or a traumatic event.

The Grant Funded Expansion

The Orlando Business Journal reports that Restores will establish iterations of its successful, three-week intensive outpatient program at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Amery Medical Center in Georgia, Naval Medical Hospital in Virginia and Marine Corps Base Camp in Lejeune in North Carolina.

The Clinical Research Center uses Virtual Reality

The Restores clinical research center utilizes traditional exposure therapy methods with virtual-reality technology. The participants will fully interact via immersive virtual-reality goggles. The research goals include to have patients disassociate triggers linked with the visual, audible, and olfactory memories that simulate anxiety notes Deborah Beidel, founder of UCF Restores. The virtual reality gadgets include sensors so that the investigators can capture physiological systems such as heart rate, sweating and blood pressure.

Technology Development

The program is developing their own virtual-reality software programs that will sell for $5,000 compared to the $30,000 to $35,000 programs currently on the market. A prototype is now in development at UCF Institute for Simulation & Training and the UCF Nicholson School of Communication & media. 

Research

UCF Restores has been very active in research with dozens of published studies as well as numerous grants and associated research projects.

Lead Research/Investigator

Deborah Beidel 

Call to Action: Interested in PTSD research? You should look into UCF Restores.

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