Testing Cognitive Training to Aid Public Safety Personnel with PTSD

Formal Project Title: A randomized control trial examining the treatment efficacy of a novel approach to cognitive remediation in public safety personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid conditions

HRI Investigators:
Dr. Margaret McKinnon
Dr. Ruth Lanius

PTSD rates are rising among Public Safety Personnel (PSP). While many PSP benefit greatly from trauma treatment, often they are left with persistent cognitive difficulties that continue to impact quality of life and workplace functioning.

In this study, HRI is examining the efficacy of a well-established cognitive-remediation strategy, called Goal Management Training (GMT), which aims to restore cognitive functioning and goal-directed behaviours.

Researchers are working with PSP who are patients in Homewood Health Centre’s Program for Traumatic Stress Recovery, as well as PSP in the local community. Early studies have shown that GMT holds great promise for filling a critical gap in trauma recovery by reducing cognitive dysfunction and helping people return to work and life.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research