Deployment Psychology Blog

By the Numbers: 22 October 2018

$2.8 Trillion
The amount spent by the United States on "governmentwide homeland security efforts, international programs, and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria" from FY 2002 through FY 2017, according to a new report from the Stimson Center -- Counterterrorism Spending: Protecting America while Promoting Efficiencies and Accountability.

CDP News: 19 October 2018

Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. We’re almost through with October, but we’ve got a few month events this month.

Research Update: 18 October 2018

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● PTSD Research Quarterly The Dissociative Subtype of PTSD: An Update of the Literature
● Mechanisms of Moral Injury Following Military Sexual Trauma and Combat in Post-9/11 U.S. War Veterans
● Development of Self-Directedness and Cooperativeness in Relation to Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Trajectories After Military Deployment.

Staff Perspective: Contextualizing Moral Emotions

A Vietnam Veteran walked into my office at one of the VA’s top inpatient residential posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) programs as a last-ditch effort to save his marriage. He said very little in our initial interactions, and the stress of the years working hard to provide for his family alongside many sleepless nights had settled into dark patches under his eyes and grime beneath his fingernails. His outpatient therapist referred him to the program to receive an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. He was quickly assigned to the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) group and to supplemental individual CPT sessions with me.

By the Numbers: 15 October 2018

The percentage by which soldiers deployed to combat zones are more likely to attend religious services weekly when compared to "their counterparts assigned to non-combat overseas deployments," according to a recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research -- Death, Trauma and God: The Effect of Military Deployments on Religiosity. Soldiers deployed to combat zones are also 9% more likely to engage in private prayer, according to the researchers.