Last month, the White House, partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, honored 10 local veteran industry leaders as “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change,” highlighting their incredible contributions to our nation’s business, public and community service sectors. The Bob Woodruff Foundation nominated one of the deserving honorees, Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, Ph. D., for her research to understand, prevent and treat combat-related PTS and comorbid conditions among military servicemembers and recently discharged veterans who have deployed in to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Stacey Young-McCaughan is a retired Army colonel and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine, where she also serves as director of for the STRONG STAR Consortium (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience). STRONG STAR supports 24 ongoing projects; more than 20 collaborating civilian, military and VA institutions; and more than 100 partnering investigators. To date, more than 1,000 servicemembers and veterans have participated in clinical trials testing treatments for combat-related PTS. Young-McCaughan leads her own research program testing exercise interventions in the recovery from various conditions including PTS. With expertise she acquired during her 29 years as an officer with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, including key leadership appointments related to research and evidence-based practices, Young-McCaughan plays a critical role in all STRONG STAR research projects as she helps direct academic and military investigators in the conduct of scientifically sound, military-relevant and ethical research.
Congratulations to Stacey and all this year’s honorees!