From Addiction Professional By Gary A. Enos, Editor: The University of Maryland's partnership with a medical center is bringing added focus to the plight of wounded warriors.
The multifaceted challenges that many returning military veterans face have certainly made this population a desired target group for helping professionals in training. The University of Maryland and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda have launched a new partnership that will offer more graduate students access to research facilities and clinical resources aimed at assisting wounded warriors.
The two entities last month announced a multidisciplinary educational partnership in which graduate students will participate in research projects aimed at the treatment of military personnel. Among the conditions affecting subjects in these research projects are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI); substance use problems often are observed as a complicating factor in the course of both of these conditions.
“This educational partnership agreement vastly expands opportunities for research training of our graduate students, while at the same time providing new streams of financial support for students we wish to recruit to our graduate programs,” says University of Maryland Professor Sandra Gordon-Salant, director of the doctoral program in clinical audiology at the school's Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. “The partnership also will enable [the university] to attract graduate students with more specific interests in studying health-related issues faced by wounded warriors.”
Besides PTSD and TBI, other health issues expected to be commonly seen in the military population with which the graduate students will work are sleep deprivation, balance problems resulting from head injury, and hearing loss resulting from noise exposure.
Graduate students in any discipline at the university will be eligible to take advantage of this focused research opportunity. It is expected that students in the School of Public Health and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program will be among the most likely to participate, along with students in Gordon-Salant's department.