Are you an emergency responder (police officers, fire fighters, EMS workers, emergency room medical providers, or emergency dispatchers)? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to see how effective an established, evidence-based form of mental health treatment is with emergency responders. All information regarding your treatment will be confidential.
The purpose of this study is to see how effective an established, evidence-based form of mental health treatment is with emergency responders. The treatment is called The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (Unified Protocol). It is designed to help people more effectively regulate their emotions, which is helpful in dealing with a range of problems like anxiety, depressed mood, posttraumatic stress, and alcohol misuse. The goal of treatment is to reduce emotional symptoms, to function more effectively at work and at home, and to achieve greater life satisfaction.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- 18 year of age or older
- emergency responder (police officers, fire fighters, EMS workers, emergency room medical providers, or emergency dispatchers) residing in Pennsylvania
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
You will work with your therapist to develop specific goals tailored to you. Participating in this study involves the following:
- Completing a baseline or pre-treatment assessment (online questionnaires about your thoughts,emotions, and functioning that take about 35 minutes).
- Receiving treatment, which involves approximately 12-16 one-hour treatment sessions. The number of sessions depends on your individual needs. Treatment sessions will occur via video conferencing or in-person, depending on your preference. Sessions are scheduled once or twice/week, depending on your preference. There may be weeks when there is no treatment session (e.g., if you or your therapist are on vacation and unable to attend).
- A post-treatment assessment and a follow-up assessment that will occur 7 months after the pretreatment assessment. These will consist of the same online questionnaires as at pre-treatment and will take about 30 minutes per assessment.
IRB: STUDY21120152- Serving Those Who Protect the Public: The Pitt Center for Emergency Responder Wellness
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Eric Meyer, PhD, is a Professor and Director of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. A licensed clinical psychologist, the goal of his research is to improve long-term functioning and quality of life in people living with complex combinations of trauma-related mental and physical health conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, substance use disorders, depression, and traumatic brain injury. Through his research with active duty military personnel, military veterans, and emergency responders, he seeks to understand the influence of modifiable psychosocial factors on the functional recovery process in trauma-exposed populations. He translates findings from observational research to adapt, refine, and test behavioral interventions that target these modifiable factors. He is particularly interested in the potential of acceptance and mindfulness-based behavioral interventions to improve long-term functional outcomes. He served as a clinical trainer for a national training program in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His work has been funded by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the State of Texas. His current DoD-funded project aims to adapt and test the impact of a resilience intervention based on principles of acceptance and mindfulness-based psychological treatment.