DCoE Blog

  • Understanding Cultural Differences and Health Care
    Service members from various branches at ceremony at stadium.
    U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Aaron Ritter

    Cultural identity can affect how service members and their families engage with their health care providers. A recent Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) webinar addressed these impacts and how health care providers can help minimize them.

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  • Expert Discusses Research to Help Assess, Reduce Violence in Military
    Marine yelling
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin

    The military’s main purpose is to defend the nation against foreign and domestic enemies. This culture can foster aggressive behavior because of the skills and tactics required to succeed, and survive, combat operations. Other traits, such as professionalism and discipline, are also developed and help service members manage aggression appropriately. During the June 25 webinar, presented by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, guest speaker Dr. Eric Elbogen, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, presented current research that may help assess the risk of a patient with posttraumatic stress disorder ( PTSD) and reduce violence in a subset of military veterans.

  • Are You Moving? DCoE Resources Can Help

    Both families and single service members, especially those with serious brain or psychological wounds, face serious obstacles when relocating or retiring. They may leave a battle buddy behind or a person who they have grown comfortable talking with about what they’re going through.

    People think moving is easy for service members, especially singles, said George Lamb, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) outreach chief.

    “They don’t have to worry about a child or family, and everything is already set up for them where they are going to move.” But single warriors lack that built-in support system, “someone to talk to and to discuss things with,” Lamb said.

  • Treat Stress, Anxiety Early for Successful TBI Recovery
    Service member experiencing effects of anxiety. (DoD photo)

    Most first responders are familiar with the “golden hour”—those precious 60 minutes from the time a trauma patient is injured to when they should get medical attention. Although this magical hour remains a topic of debate among experts, most will agree that the sooner trauma is treated, the better the outcome.

    Health care providers should apply the same concept when treating patients for the stress and anxiety that accompany a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to Dr. C. Alan Hopewell, a subject matter expert with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).

  • Webinar Addresses Technology Innovations for TBI
    'Digital Rodeo' Helps Army Look at Smart-phone Apps
    U.S. Army photo by Maj. Deanna Bague

    Technology solutions come out so quickly that we’ve all heard “there’s an app for that!” Integrating these tools into how health care providers assess and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) is increasingly important, for military members, veterans and their families, said experts during a recent webinar hosted by National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), a Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) center.

    “Technology is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives and provides a unique resource, using mobile apps and websites, for how we provide care to military members suffering from brain injuries,” said David C. Cooper, a psychologist with the Mobile Health Program at T2.

  • In Case You Missed It: Summit Highlights Resilience, Psychological Health, Suicide Prevention

    “Psychological Health and Resilience Summit” brimmed with research and take-aways during the three-day event late last week at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the signature event.

    DCoE Director Navy Capt. Richard F. Stoltz, Dr. Warren Lockette, deputy assistant secretary of defense for health services and policy oversight, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Capt. Anthony Arita, Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) director, were among subject matter experts who shared intense examinations of the state of psychological health care in the military, including: