PTSD Symptom Reduction in Veterans

Eric Elbogen, Ph.D.

UNC Department of Psychiatry

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

With support from the Foundation of Hope, Dr. Elbogen and his team identified an astonishing frequency of behavioral disorders in returning veterans as well as the lack of financial literacy, which contributed to their difficulty reintegrating. This led the team to develop several successful interventions:

1) a mobile technology-based cognitive rehabilitation in veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD, the first such intervention to reduce anger, aggression, impulsivity, and PTSD symptoms in this population; and

2) a financial literacy training intervention, which decreased both the emotional and financial burden of our returning troops.