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Review of Department of Veterans Affairs Monograph on Potential Therapeutic Effects of Service and Emotional Support Dogs on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will conduct an independent review of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) draft monograph (No. 1) reporting results on the therapeutic benefits from the provision of service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including quality of life benefits as self-reported by the veterans participating in the study. The draft monograph will include extensive background information, a description of study methods, and the results of the data analysis of the efficacy of service dogs and emotional support dogs for mitigating symptoms of PTSD, which may include some health economic data collected by the study teams and already in the database. The committee will prepare a consensus report that critiques the draft monograph and addresses the following questions:

-- Are the research design and methods well documented, scientifically rigorous, and reasonable approaches to answer the research questions?

-- Does the data analysis systematically apply appropriate statistical and sound reasoning techniques to evaluate the data on the
therapeutic outcomes of service dogs and emotional support dogs for Veterans with PTSD?

-- Do the findings thoroughly report the data analysis and provide factual and objective answers to the research questions?

-- Do the findings present original scholarship and discuss principal outcomes of primary research with reliable credibility in a factual and objective way in relation to the research question and existing knowledge?

-- Does the draft monograph provide a coherent and cohesive written account and description of the main messages that are important to communicate?

-- Does the draft monograph provide, clear, appropriate and accurate graphics of the research results?

-- What other significant improvements, if any, might be made in the draft monograph?

The consensus report will be subject to the National Academies’ external peer review process.

Co-authors of the monograph will respond to the consensus report and submit a revised monograph for a second round of review and consensus reporting by the committee. If necessary, authors will again respond to the second committee report and submit a revised monograph to the committee for a third and final committee consensus report, and the iterative consensus reporting and response process will continue until the committee determines that the report is consistent with accepted scientific principles and is suitable for publication.  All subsequent rounds of consensus reporting will be subject to review by the National Academies.  

At the conclusion of the project, a statement of completion of review will be provided to the VA, indicating that the final version of the monograph has been reviewed for consistency with accepted scientific principles and is suitable for publication that the VA can incorporate in the monograph when published.  The NASEM review does not guarantee acceptance of the monograph for publication.


Status: Current

PIN: DELS-ILAR-19-05

Project Duration (months): 10 month(s)

RSO: Sylvina, Teresa

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Biology and Life Sciences
Environment and Environmental Studies
Health and Medicine



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 04/20/2020

David B. Allison - (Chair)
David Allison is a Dean and Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Health at Indiana University-Bloomington. He received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1990. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a second post-doctoral fellowship at the NIH-funded New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center. He was a research scientist at the NY Obesity Research Center and Associate Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons until 2001. He became Dean and Provost Professor at the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Public Health in 2017, where he works currently. Prior he was Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor, and Director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Allison currently holds a membership with NAM.
Mary Burch
Mary Burch is one of less than 50 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists in the United States who routinely answers questions about problems related to a dog’s behavior. Dr. Burch is the Director of the AKC Family Dog program at the American Kennel Club, and in this capacity, she designs and oversees programs that are implemented on a national scale for pet dog owners and dog trainers. Examples of these programs are the AKC Community Canine and Urban Canine Good Citizen programs that were designed and implemented by Dr. Burch, and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy (a widely utilized puppy training program). The development of each of these programs has required knowledge and expertise in animal behavior, training, and canine development. Other programs developed and implemented nationwide by Dr. Burch include AKC Trick Dog, AKC Therapy Dog, AKC FIT DOG, and the AKC Temperament Test. She also participates in interviews about training and behavior. Dr. Burch is a member of the ASDAC (American Service Dog Access Coalition) committee that is working with airlines to decrease fraud with regard to self-trained service dogs. As a part of an ASDAC project, she reviewed the tests for 24 service dog organizations and developed a test that could be used for testing self-trained dogs (whose owners will take them to an evaluator for testing).
Jalpa Doshi
Jalpa Doshi is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is also Director of Value Based Insurance Design Initiatives at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics and Director of the Economic Evaluations Unit of the Center for Evidence-based Practice at Penn. In addition to her research and administrative roles, she teaches in the Masters in Health Policy Research Program at Penn and also enjoys teaching international audiences in India, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. In recognition of her research, Dr. Doshi has received several awards and honors from national and international organizations such as the American Geriatrics Society, American Heart Association, AcademyHealth, Drug Information Association, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. She currently serves as Co-Editor of the Value in Health journal and the American Journal of Managed Care. Dr. Doshi received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2003.
Cheryl Giscombe
Cheryl Giscombe is currently the Levine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness, at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Giscombe is an expert in psychiatry and clinical psychology, specifically relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and mental, social and psychosocial functions and health. She has extensive experience working with veterans with mental health disorders, and offers a unique and necessary nursing prospective. Her research incorporates sociohistorical and biopsychosocial perspectives to investigate how stress and coping strategies contribute to stress-related psychological and physical health outcomes. Dr. Giscombe is dually trained in nursing and psychology. She completed a BA in psychology from North Carolina Central University and a BSN from Stony Brook University in New York. She earned MA and Ph.D. degrees in social and health psychology from Stony Brook University and an MSN from the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Erinn Hade
Erinn Hade is a Professor for the Center of Biostatistics and Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Hade is a biostatistician expert, with experience in population studies and multi-center trials. Dr. Hade received her Ph.D. in Public Health/Biostatistics from The Ohio State University. During her academic career, she has developed both a strong collaborative record as a biostatistician, and maintained a line of primary research that compliments the methodologic challenges in these collaborations. Dr. Hade has also expanded her research interests and expertise to include work in design and inference of randomized and non-randomized population based trials. She has experience in the design of pragmatic trials, expertise in developing and applying statistical methods in adaptive trials and in the use of causal inference methods for non-randomized trials. This methods work has been funded by several NIH grants including R01CA097375 Luteal Adjuvant Oophorectomy in Asian Breast Cancer, and The Ohio State University Clinical and Translational Science Award. As a Ph.D. student, she was involved with a small team of epidemiologists and biostatisticians working to improve methods in group-randomized trials. These experiences formed her future Ph.D. work in developing causal inference and propensity score methods. While the majority of her previous research investigated methodologies applied to cancer patient populations, these techniques and methodologies have been applicable to numerous research areas.
Stewart Hilliard
Stewart Hilliard is an expert on behavioral testing, character, temperament, and behavior to be effective working dogs. Dr. Hilliard is the author of a number of scientific papers in reputable psychological journals. In 1983, Stewart Hilliard received his B.A. in psychology, and in 1997 he received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Hilliard has worked in various research & development, and operational capacities for the Department of Defense Military Working Dog program since 1997. Including, Chief of the Military Working Dog Course at the 341st Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. In this role, he managed the basic training of most of the patrol and substance detector dogs supplied to all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Dr. Hilliard also served as Chief of Military Working Dog Logistics and Procurement at the 341st. He directed the testing and procurement of all the dogs purchased for the Military Working Dog Course and the Specialized Search Dog Course. Dr. Hilliard is currently Chief of the Military Working Dog Breeding Program at the 341st Training Squadron.
Evan Mayo-Wilson
Evan Mayo-Wilson investigates methods for conducting, reporting, and synthesizing health and social intervention research. His primary area of interest is in ways to increase transparency and reproducibility, such as trial registration and data sharing. Dr. Mayo-Wilson received his BA from Columbia University in Psychology; his MS from University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and intervention; his MPA from the University of Pennsylvania; and his DPHIL (Ph.D.) in philosophy from the University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Intervention. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Indiana University-Bloomington. Prior to his teaching career, Dr. Mayo-Wilson worked as an associate scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Lori Zoellner
Lori Zoellner is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Dr. Zoellner has a long track record in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy clinical trials and considerable experience in treating PTSD and training others in its treatment. An important part of these clinical trials is the understanding of underlying therapeutic process mechanisms and the examination of biopsychosocial factors, phenotypic markers of PTSD, and treatment response. Dr. Zoellner’s work throughout her career has included the integration across animal to human models of understanding stress, anxiety, and fear. Her current work is characterized by examining memory processing, fear conditioning, fear generalization, avoidance, reward learning, and extinction learning and how these processes map onto prevention and treatment, especially using cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD. Prior to her clinical research, Dr. Zoellner received her BA in psychology and sociology from Rice University; MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA.

Events


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Closed committee call. 


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

All committee members were present.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee assignments and steps for report sign off.

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Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 08, 2020
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Closed committee call. 


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

All committee members were present.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Check in on report text and the review process.

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Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 09, 2020
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Closed committee call.


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

All committee members were present.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Check in on everyone’s progress, share draft text, and resolve any potential areas of conflict/disagreement amongst the committee before the review process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/a

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 23, 2020
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Event Type :  
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Description :   

Closed committee call. 


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NA

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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

All committee members were present.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Check in on everyone’s progress, share draft text, and resolve any potential areas of conflict/disagreement amongst the committee before the review process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 17, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
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Description :   

Closed committee call. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

All committee members were present.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Check in on everyone’s progress, share draft text, and resolve any potential areas of conflict/disagreement amongst the committee before the review process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 10, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
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Description :   

Closed committee call. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

All committee members were present.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Check in on everyone’s progress, share draft text, and resolve any potential areas of conflict/disagreement amongst the committee before the review process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 02, 2020
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Meeting 2 – Virtual and split over four different days. 


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Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
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Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Responding to the Statement of Task

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Meeting 2 – Virtual and split over four different days. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Responding to the Statement of Task

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Meeting 2 – Virtual and split over four different days. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Responding to the Statement of Task

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Meeting 2 – Virtual and split over four different days. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Andrea Hodgson
Contact Email:  ahodgson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3138

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Responding to the Statement of Task

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold the first virtual public meeting for the Committee to Review the Department of Veterans Affairs Monograph on Potential Therapeutic Effects of Service and Emotional Support Dogs on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on April 2nd from 12:30 – 4:30 ET. Representatives from our sponsor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be providing background and supplementary information about the Monograph and will engage in discussions with the Committee regarding the Statement of Task. During the meeting, the Committee welcomes members of the public to give brief public statements for the Committee’s consideration. Advanced sign-up is required. Input can also be submitted in writing through the study website. All written materials submitted to the committee will be included in the Public Access File created for the Committee and may be quoted in whole or in part in the Committee’s report with attribution.



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