NIJ Study for Healthy Volunteers Ages 25-60
Protocol: STUDY00001952
Full Title
The effects of trauma exposure on neurophysiological, cognitive, and psychological function in active duty police officers
We are looking for adults in two different groups for a research study: (1)Generally healthy adults ages 25-60 OR (2)Active duty police officers ages 25+. The purpose of this study is see how psychological and brain based processes are involved in decision making.

You will participate in this trial for one session which will take about 3 hours. During the session, you will complete questionnaires and have an EEG test (a painless test to measure brain waves). The study visit takes place at UB's South Campus.

Tom Covey
Phone: 716-829-2099

Technical Description

A major emphasis of our proposal is to characterize the impact of PTSD symptomology on behavioral, psychological, and neurological indices of cognitive processes that are involved in rapid decision-making. The aims of the current application are, first, to test the hypothesis that impaired attentional/response control processes in PTSD are related to a dysregulation in neural processes, and that this dysregulation affects decision-making in police officers; second, to test the hypothesis that re-experiencing, alterations in cognition and mood, and alterations in arousal and reactivity symptom clusters will be related to the attentional/response-control dysregulation and aberrant neuronal pathway activation. The measures we will use are electrophysiology (Event-Related Potential, ERP); cognitive tests of attention and inhibitory function, and psychological tests of mood and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Keyword: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Compensation: Yes
Compensation may include cash, checks, gift cards, debit cards, or incentives like gift baskets, technology items, or merchandise.
Age 25-60 (healthy volunteers)
Age 25+ (active duty police officers)
You must not have alcohol or substance abuse or dependence.
You must not have a history of a diagnosed neurological or psychiatric disorder.
Healthy volunteers must not have been exposed to a serious traumatic event during their lifetime.
Age Group: Adults
Principal Investigator: JANET SHUCARD
+1 716-859-7540
Want to Learn More?
Let us know how the study team can reach you. If you do not hear back within 2 business days, reach out to the study team directly at the contact information above or email and someone will assist you.