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The Impact of Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training on Stress-Related Biological, Behavioral, and Health-Related Outcomes in Law Enforcement Officers

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $616,198)

The Center for Health Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW- Madison) proposes a two-year. rigorous evaluation through a randomized control trial (RCT) of the effectiveness of an 8-week training program using an intervention designed to teach law enforcement officers to enhance stress resilience. This intervention has proved successful in addressing PTSD in military veterans. This is a collaborative project involving the Madison (WI) Police Department, Dane County (WI) Sheriffs Office, and the UW-Madison Police Department. The RCT will involve 120 officers: 60 in the control and experimental group. The effectiveness of the program will be measured through collection and analysis of pre- and post- data on perceived stress and physical and mental health outcomes, including behaviorally assessed and self-rep1ied sleep quality, cardiovascular risk factors, and symptoms of PTSD. anxiety, and depression: and affecting stress-related biological and behavioral markers including cortisol output and a behavioral assay of hippocampus function. Assessments will include laboratory visits and a week of field data collection to study the real-world impact of this intervention on stress-related outcomes.

Note: “This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law," and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14). CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2017