Military Personnel with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury



Yoga Based Treatment for Veterans

It is well known that military personnel are returning from recent conflicts with notable rates of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and associated persistent post-concussive symptoms (PCS), including headaches and emotional distress. Such symptoms can negatively impact the performance of those on Active Duty, throughout deployment, in and post-combat, as well as following discharge (Veterans). Because of these far-reaching effects, mTBI and associated comorbidities pose a significant challenge and burden to Service Members/Veterans, their families, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and local, regional and national resources including, health care, educational, and vocational systems.

Optimally, an intervention for those with chronic post-concussive headaches (PCH) would show efficacy at reversing post-mTBI adversity, and be able to be utilized with minimal stigma. In addition, the intervention should be highly accessible, low cost, be able to be self-sustaining (e.g., portable) and with minimal side effects.

One potential intervention is yoga, a practice involving physical postures, breath awareness and exercises, and mindfulness meditation.

As such, the goal of this study is to learn more about a yoga-based treatment for Veterans with mTBI and Post-Concussive Headaches.

This project is being funded by the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund (part of Mindsource Brain Injury Network), Contract IHEA #101374

 Yoga Mindsource Brain Injury Network 

Our Team


Jeri Forster PhD

Data and Statistical Core Director, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Associate Professor
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SOM)

Dr. Jeri Forster, PhD, is a biostatistician, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and the Director of the Data and Statistical Core (DASC) in the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Forster serves on the Board of Governors for the VA/DoD Mortality Data Repository and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Her primary areas of research collaboration include suicide, traumatic brain injury, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, physical therapy for older and medically complex individuals.

Research Interests: Longitudinal data analysis; nonignorable dropout; varying-coefficient models
Statement about Research Program: My research has focused on methods that adjust for potential nonignorable dropout in longitudinal observational studies and clinical trials. I have additionally led analyses on numerous studies related to TBI, PTSD and suicide risk.

Areas of Expertise

Longitudinal data analysis, handling nonignorable dropout, varying-coefficient models, RCTs, pilot and feasibility/acceptability studies.



Military Suicide Research Consortium
A novel approach to identifying behavioral and neural markers of active suicidal ideation: Effects of cognitive and emotional stress on working memory in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Role: Co-Investigator
Military Suicide Research Consortium
Home-Based Mental Health Evaluation (HOME) to Assist Suicidal Veterans with the Transition from Inpatient to Outpatient Settings: A Multi-Site Interventional Trial. Role: Co-Investigator

Yoga as a Complementary Health Approach

Yoga is a practice involving physical postures, breath awareness and exercises, and mindfulness meditation. Yoga is increasingly being used as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention for those experiencing physical and psychological distress.