Tarleton Undergraduates @ VA Center of Excellence Research Program


Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans is a training program provide to current Tarleton State University undergraduate students with practical research experience in psychology, specifically focused on mental health concerns among post-9/11 Veterans. 

Your Future

Former graduates of this program have gone on to graduate study at:

  • Baylor University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Arizona
  • Texas Tech University
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Denver
  • Eastern Illinois University

Other graduates of the program have gone on to positions as research assistants in laboratories to gain further experience as preparation for graduate study, or to clinically focused post-graduation employment.

The VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans (CoE) at the Doris Miller VA Medical Center, annually hosts Tarleton State University students for a 2-semester (require minimum) undergraduate research internship designed to aid students with preparation for graduate school or to gain a foundation of work experience as they apply for jobs following graduation.

The internship class begins in the Fall semester and require a 10-hour per week commitment, 8 hours of which is spent gaining hands-on research experience, another hour dedicated to attending didactic trainings, and another hour devoted to reading and writing activities.

Current studies at the CoE focus on the assessment, functioning, and treatment of mental health problems in returning war Veterans.

Investigators have a particular interest in:

  • the assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • traumatic brain injury
  • suicide prevention
  • substance use disorders
  • trajectories of functioning over time.

Students will be filmed by doctoral-level researchers and trained in several aspects of research including:

  • data entry
  • data management
  • screening participants
  • conducting literature searches
  • assembling research materials
  • observing diagnostic assessments
  • participating in weekly staff meetings

Through an educational component, research assistants will learn critical reading and analysis skills in weekly discussion groups on current literature related to COEHD studies. In addition, interested students can gain mentorship in preparing graduate school applications by creating curriculum vitae and writing personal statements.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Ms. Lisa Boyton at [email protected]

For more information, please visit the VISN 17 Center of Excellence website or view the VA-CERP Brochure.

Acceptance to this program will be based on academic achievements, student involvement, and interest in order to create valuable student/mentor relationships. Eligible students must submit a completed application by the deadline to be considered for this opportunity. Learn more about the require application materials for the Center of Excellence Research Program. There are no student stipends for this program at this time.