Welcome to the VetResearchHub!


The VetResearchHub is an interactive webpage where veterans and their loved ones can learn about the processes of research participation and discover opportunities to take part in research available within their community. We have created a space where veterans are able to access modules within the Veteran-Driven Research Participation Program that demystify the procedures associated with research. After completing these modules, veterans have the opportunity to directly contact researchers focused on Patient-Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) they are interested in potentially collaborating with. These modules narrated by, created with, and improved with the help of veterans aims to provide our veterans with a secure and informative space to connect with other stakeholders to further advance veteran-centered research. The VetResearchHub is focused on improving health outcomes to align with the everyday needs of veterans around the nation. By helping our veterans become active participants in research, we are able to bridge together the gap that exist between effective treatment and access for all veterans.

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The modules in the Veteran-Driven Research Participation Program were created by and with the help of veterans through every step of the process. Completion of this program prepares veterans to act as full partners in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). Please click below to continue to the course.

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Research Partnership Opportunities

Below is a list of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Community Engagement Projects within your area

Veteran Action League 2.0 – Social and Chronic Pain Enhancement Opportunity

Description: As highlighted in the original Veterans Action League (VAL) 2.0 project, chronic pain is a public health epidemic that effects nearly 1 in 10 veterans. Medication is the most common treatment for chronic pain and opioid use is on the rise. VAL 2.0 provides a national platform to activate veterans’ voices on chronic pain–engaging them to share in their own words the issues, questions, and outcomes that are most important to them. VAL 2.0 provides a venue for veterans and key stakeholders to share opinions, obstacles, and research ideas for improving chronic pain management and treatment during the ever-changing times of COVID-19. Those who choose to engage in our Think Tank discussion meetings can receive a $10 electronic gift card and $15 electronic meal card for their virtual attendance. If you are interested in engaging remotely with local veterans and key stakeholders or learning more about the VAL 2.0 project, please visit the project website at http://tinyurl.com/y3ztqmcr and/or contact the Veteran Unit Leader and Collaborative Academic Research Members from your state with any inquiries.

Contact information:

Project Manager: Emma Meyer

Research Participation Opportunities

Below is a list of research participation opportunities within your area.

Spouses of veterans with mental health challenges and pet dogs: Exploring human-animal bonds

Description: We are currently seeking spouses of significant others of Military Veterans with mental health challenges who own a pet dog and who are at least 18 years old and fluent in English to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to learn about the bond between you and your dog and your thoughts about how this relationship affects your well-being. Participation in this study involves:

  • Completion of a questionnaire
  • Participation in a virtual or telephone interview
  • A time commitment of 1 hour
  • A gift card to Amazon for participation
Participants must have access to a device with internet connection or telephone to conduct the interview. Due to the virtual nature of this study, participants may be from any place within the United States.
For more information about this study, please contact the principal investigator, Dr. Pratt by phone or email. You can also click on the following link for a flyer about this study: Recruitment Flyer

Contact information:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Beth A. Pratt

Evaluating the Efficacy of a Service Dog Training Program for Military Veterans with PTSD

Description:The University of Maryland School of Nursing has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant in conjunction with Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.).This study is taking place at both Warrior Canine Connection in Boyds, Maryland Website: https://warriorcanineconnection.org/ and in the community.

We are looking for local veterans to voluntarily participate in this 8-week study. Participants needed for the research study and study details include: Military Veteran with PTSD Interested in training a service dog to help another veteran Participants will be compensated for their time.
You can also click on the following link for a flyer about this study: Recruitment Flyer

Contact information:

For more information, email Ms. Taber at dtaber@umaryland.edu or Dr. Friedmann at friedmann@umaryland.edu or call (410) 706-4233 or (410) 706-0659.

The PI’s for this project are Dr. Erika Friedmann email: friedmann@umaryland.edu and Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello email: ckrausep@health.fau.edu

Our PCORI Funded Outcomes

Below is a list of the outcomes from our projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Operation PCOR: A Community Engagement Project Preparing Veterans as Full Partners in PTSD-Related Research

This project outlines the outcomes of the community engagement project, Operation PCOR, designed to train veterans as full partners and join forces with researchers on PTSD-related patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).

To access the manuscript of the project, you can access it in the Journal of Veteran Studies.

View Operation PCOR Publication

Toward Veteran-Centered Research: A Veteran-Focused Community Engagement Project

This publication details the Veteran Action League project, which was developed with the purpose of this U.S.-based multi-state, veteran-focused community engagement project was to create a platform from which U.S. veterans could dialogue and identify their (1) research priorities; (2) barriers to research partnerships and participation; (3) recommendations for engaging other veterans in the research enterprise; and (4) preferences for how they would like to receive research findings.

To access the manuscript of the project, you can access it in the Journal of Veteran Studies.

View Toward Veteran-Centered Research Publication

Protective Factors for Suicide: A Multi-Tiered Veteran-Driven Community Engagement Project

This project was designed to employ community engagement methods in order to accomplish two objectives: uncover accessible, existing factors protective against suicidality in veterans and develop a related comparative effectiveness research (CER) question.

To access the manuscript of the project, you can access it in the Journal of Veteran Studies.

View Protective Factors for Suicide Publication