Project RISE in PTSD

Formal Study Name

Project RISE in PTSD - Research Investigating Stimulation for Extinction in PTSD

Study Information

We are looking for people who are diagnosed by a clinician with posttraumatic stress disorder and who are interested in being part of a research study in which we look at the effects of a very low level of electrical current on the scalp (called tDCS) on emotional learning and memory. This study will involve five study visits. On the first visit we will do a screening and then make an appointment for a second visit, during which you will get a brain scan. On visits three, four and five you will do a computer task that tests emotional learning and memory. During one of those days you may or may not also receive the very low level of electrical current through two electrodes attached to your head.

Number of visits: 5

Duration of visits: Visit 1 about 3 hours, visits 2-5 about 1 hour each visit.

Eligibility Criteria 

You may qualify if you:

  • Are between 18-70 years-old
  • Speak and read English fluently
  • Have no history of closed-head injury or neurological disease
  • Have no implanted electronic hardware, such as metal implants, pacemakers or medication pumps or metal in the head
  • Have no current or history of psychosis or bipolar depression
  • Have no holes in the skull made by trauma or surgery
  • Have no history of epilepsy or seizures
  • Are not pregnant


Participants will earn compensation for research participation.


If interested in learning more, please contact:

Julia Cole
Phone: 401-680-4199


Butler Hospital

Area of Study
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Recruitment Status

Contact Form

Fill out the form below or call Julia Cole at 401-680-4199 to learn more.