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Gulf War Study


Predictors of Response to Insomnia Treatments in Gulf War Veterans


Research study conducted at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital

Skills: teamwork, study design, recruitment, interviews, task delegation

The Problem

How might we tailor a non-drug treatment to help gulf war veterans with their insomnia? 

Although Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is efficacious, the optimal target populations for its major components has not yet been well-defined for Gulf War Veterans. 

Research Objective


We propose to address this gap and develop tools for clinicians to identify the best treatment for insomnia for individual Gulf War Veterans. 

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My Role


Research Assistant

  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary teams to create study procedures across 3 Veterans Affairs sites

  • Wrote phone screen, regulatory materials, study protocols, and a procedure manual for study

  • Interviewed veterans over the phone for study eligibility 



Gulf War Veterans with insomnia complaints



3 Research assistants (my role)

1 Primary Investigator:  Dr Jerome Yesagave

2 Co-PIs: Dr. Leah Friedman & Dr. Andrea-Goldstein-Piekarski

1 Clinician: Dr. Donn Posner

1 Physician: Dr. Jen Jennings

Experimental Design


Two treatments - Behavioral Therapy {BT} and Cognitive Therapy {CT} - will be compared in a randomized clinical trial with a parallel groups design.


Data will be collected prior to the beginning of treatment, after 6 weeks of treatment, and at the end of a 6-month follow-up.

no 1 yr

Data collection in progress...

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