EXPOSURE THERAPY STUDY FOR WOMEN AND MEN WITH AND WITHOUT PTSD


General information

This study investigates how the engagement of the endocannabinoid system during exposure therapy contributes to safety learning in IPV-exposed individuals.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible for participation if you are between the ages of 18-50 years old and you have:

    1. Have experienced interpersonal violence
    2. May experience symptoms of PTSD
    3. Are able to understand and speak English

You may NOT participate if you have a history of: brain damage, seizures, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or other developmental delays, or have a serious and unstable medical condition

What would my participation involve?

Participation in this study involves 4 total visits. One visit will be conducted remotely, and 3 visits will take place at the Health Discovery Building at the University of Texas at Austin. The remote visit will include a confidential interview over video with a trained interviewer and questionnaires assessing current and past psychological functioning and any history of traumatic events you might have experienced. This visit will also include creating an individualized trauma narrative with a trained interviewer to be used during later study sessions.

The remaining visits will consist of listening to the individualized trauma narrative previously created and two of the three visits will include 3 blood draws.

Participants can earn up to $150 upon completing all study procedures.