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Psychology chair awarded grant to help military address post-traumatic stress disorder

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Dr. Robert J. Gatchel, The University of Texas at Arlington Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and chairman of the Department of Psychology, has been awarded a grant of approximately $1.5 million from the Department of Defense. The grant is part of a larger consortium grant, titled "Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program," with an overall budget exceeding $30 million.

Gatchel’s project is an extension of his earlier DOD-awarded research grant addressing the rehabilitation of returning military personnel from Afghanistan and Iraq who had suffered musculoskeletal injuries. Gatchel and his colleagues conducted the first systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of a functional restoration program designed to decrease chronic musculosketal pain, increase functioning and retain military members on active duty.

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