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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Shannon McCaslin-Rodrigo, PhD

Staff Psychologist, SFVAMC/City College of San Francisco Veterans Outreach Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
Health Science Specialist, National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto HCS
Email: Shannon.McCaslin@va.gov

PTSD: Focus on Improving Treatment and Quality of Life

Dr. McCaslin's research interests include the elucidation of risk and resilience factors for chronic PTSD in military Veterans and emergency service workers; the development and testing of PTSD interventions; and community partnerships to support recovery. She is particularly interested in addressing the impact of PTSD and associated conditions on overall quality of life. Her current projects include a study of the relationship of PTSD to social, occupational, and physical health in Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the intent of identifying additional factors important in treatment and recovery; an examination of the impact of co-morbid pain and PTSD, using an fMRI paradigm; and a collaborative project with investigators at Travis Air Force Base of a brief intervention for acute anxiety in soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

To see Dr. McCaslin on Pub Med, click here.