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VISN 22 Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health – CESAMH


The Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH), located within the VA San Diego Healthcare System, addresses the needs of Veterans with specialized and coordinated clinical, research, and educational efforts. The VA CESAMH team brings expertise in all of these areas to collaboratively address issues related to PTSD and TBI. 

VISN 22 Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health - CESAMH

Vision, Mission, and Goals


CESAMH develops and evaluates innovative treatments for Veterans affected by traumatic events and brain injuries. We support recovery for the whole Veteran, including quality of life, relationships, employment, and mind/body connection.


To optimize the well-being and functioning of Veterans, CESAMH conducts integrated neurobiological and psychosocial science to develop, evaluate, and disseminate treatment for trauma-related conditions.


  • CONDUCT basic research into the neural mechanisms of trauma-related behavioral problems in order to develop and test novel preventive and treatment targets and strategies.

  • UNDERSTAND and quantify the neurobiological and psychophysiological mechanisms of symptom change and indicators of treatment response for trauma-related conditions.

  • EXAMINE the acceptability, appropriateness and effectiveness of interventions for PTSD, TBI and common comorbidities.

  • PROVIDE education and training to multiple stakeholders.

Research Highlight

Dr. Peter Colvonen's Sleep Research

A CESAMH researcher, Dr. Peter Colvonen, recently received some press about his work with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and PTSD. His and others research has found that approximately 50% of active military/veterans with PTSD have comorbid sleep apnea, and untreated sleep apnea can interfere with many aspects of PTSD management. Since younger Veterans may not present with the usual symptoms of OSA, many do not get treatment for this sleep disorder. Raising providers’ awareness of the high rates of OSA in Veterans with PTSD may increase its screening and treatment, and consequently, increase response to PTSD treatment and overall well-being.

Click here to view the full article in Psychiatric News, an American Psychiatric Association publication!

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Participate in Research

This section is designed to connect potential volunteers to recruiting open research studies. If you find a study that you’d like to participate in, you can contact the study team with questions or to volunteer. Join us to improve the health of others!

Click here to view research studies that are now enrolling at VA San Diego!

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3350 La Jolla Village Dr
San Diego, CA 92161