Comparison of Videoconference and Face-to-Face Delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the equivalence of CPT treatment delivered remotely via telemental health (TMH) over videoconferencing or via traditional face-to face (FTF) treatment to veterans who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a military-related stressor (i.e., combat, sexual assault, non-combat physical assault).


The secondary objective is to determine if patients' ratings of PTSD symptoms, affect, social adjustment, therapy alliance, treatment satisfaction and therapist satisfaction, are equivalent between service-delivery conditions (TMH vs. FTF). A final objective is to develop web-based practice assignments to assist participants in the TMH condition with treatment adherence (completion of the between- session practice assignments).

University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Department of Veterans Affairs
Principal Investigator: 
Tracey L Smith, PhD
Eligibility Criteria: 
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Literate in written English
  • Fluent in spoken English
  • Verified status as an OEF/OIF veteran
  • Current PTSD diagnosis
  • Index traumatic event related to military services
  • If taking psychotropic medication, remains stable
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Not literate in written English
  • Not fluent in spoken English
  • Current uncontrolled psychotic or bipolar disorder
  • Substance dependence
  • Current uncontrolled suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Significant cognitive impairment that would interfere with completion of therapy tasks
Yanmin A Li, MBBS, 608-263-4290 or, or Lori Wollet, RN, 608-262-6855 or
Madison, WI

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