Civic Assets has formed a partnership with top neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, social workers, and researchers from the University of California, San Francisco; the San Francisco VA Medical Center; the University of California, Berkeley; the Martinez VA Center for Integrated Brain Health and Wellness, along with medical staff from the University of Washington, Case Western Reserve University, and the Department of Defense, among others.
This team has designed a study based on the program and is actively working with Civic Assets to obtain grants to sponsor, manage, and promote the study. The research proposes to examine the effects of supported service work experience integrated with brain rehabilitation with the long term goal of improving interventions based upon evidence. It also hopes to show a correlation between the regeneration of brain tissue and greater brain resiliency among individuals with TBIs as well as the improved emotional health of those suffering from PTS who have engaged in community-related work and service activities.
Results of this research and the overall Civic Assets program findings will help to inform military leaders and the medical community as they strive to do a better job of transitioning and re-integrating veterans, including those who have sustained physical and emotional injuries back into civilian life.