White House Author
Stacey Young McCaughan
Director of Research for the STRONG STAR Consortium
Dr. Stacey Young-McCaughan serves as Director of Research in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the STRONG STAR Consortium. STRONG STAR, or the South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience, is a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research consortium designed to understand, prevent, and treat combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid conditions among military service members and recently discharged veterans who have deployed in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. STRONG STAR uses a highly effective research infrastructure to support 24 ongoing projects; over 20 collaborating civilian, military, and VA institutions; and over 100 partnering investigators. To date, over 1,000 service members and veterans have been recruited into clinical trials testing evidence-based treatments to determine the most effective approach to the treatment of combat-related PTSD. As a registered nurse with a doctoral degree in physiological nursing, Dr. Young-McCaughan leads her own research program testing exercise interventions in the recovery from various conditions, including PTSD. With expertise she acquired during her 29 years as an officer with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, including key leadership appointments within the Defense Department related to research and evidence-based practices, Dr. Young-McCaughan plays a critical role in all STRONG STAR research projects as she helps direct academic and military investigators in the conduct of scientifically sound, military-relevant, and ethical research.