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COPE Study for Veterans

COPE Study 

The COPE Study is recruiting veterans old who have experienced a trauma and drink alcohol. This study is a randomized clinical trial investigating the effect of an investigational medication combined with therapy in reducing both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use. If eligible, participation would include 12 weekly visits and compensation will be provided.

For more information, call 843-792-HELP or contact:

  • Study Coordinator: Hannah Shoemaker at
  • Research Assistant: Ashley Dixon at 

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Couples Studies 

MUSC is seeking couples who drink alcohol for a research study testing the effects of a new medication in combination with weekly talk couples therapy on reducing alcohol use and improving relationship functioning. Both members of the couple must be willing to participate in order to be eligible. Couples will be compensated for their time. Information is kept strictly confidential.  

HEART Therapy Study: Weekly couples therapy x 12 weeks

For more information, contact:

  • Study Coordinator: Jessica Brower at 843-792-8187
  • Research Assistant: Chloe Wildman at 843-900-7620 or 843-792-7048
  • Research Assistant: Charli Kirby at 843-900-7620

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POET Study 

The POET Study is recruiting veterans between the ages of 18 to 70 years old with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study involves 10 weekly therapy sessions for PTSD, in combination with an investigational medication (Oxytocin) or inactive placebo. 

For more information, please contact: 

  • Study Coordinator: Hannah Shoemaker at 843-792-6578
  • Research Assistant: Chris DeLeon at 843-259-2857

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Zeriscope Technology Study for PTSD 

The Zeriscope study is recruiting US Veterans or military personnel between the ages of 18 to 70 with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The study involves 12 therapy sessions for PTSD over 6 weeks, plus the use of an investigational technology that might improve treatment outcomes. 

For more information, please contact: