Opportunity to learn helpful wellness techniques while
 participating in a research study…



March 31, 2014

Veterans of service in Iraq or Afghanistan and their partners may be eligible to participate in a unique wellness-oriented project sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The project will evaluate Mission Reconnect, an evidence-based program of wellness practices for use by Veterans and their partners to support physical, mental and relationship health.

Mission Reconnect gives instruction in massage and additional mind/body techniques that couples can use individually and together at home, on their own, to reduce pain and stress and to promote well-being and relationship resilience. The Mission Reconnect program is delivered online and by mobile app.

To evaluate the program we are seeking participants for a study to take place from April to September, 2014. The study is based in San Diego, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fayetteville NC and New York City. If Mission Reconnect proves successful, the program will be made available to Veterans and their partners across the US.

Who’s eligible?

  • Veterans who have served in OIF/OEF/OND and their partners. This can include dual-veteran couples.

Will we be paid to participate?           

  •   Each participant receives up to $280, or $560 per couple.

What’s involved?

  • Phone interview to learn details and determine eligibility.
  • All couples receive the Mission Reconnect program, at different times in the study. Couples are randomly assigned to one of four study groups: (1) the Mission Reconnect program alone, (2) a weekend PREP for Strong Bonds retreat plus use of Mission Reconnect, (3) the weekend retreat followed by Mission Reconnect later, and (4) receiving Mission Reconnect after a waiting period.
  • All meetings and retreats take place at a local hotel on a weekend. Participants are assigned to one of two possible weekends in each city.
  • If you are assigned to one of the weekend retreats, you attend from Friday evening to Sunday (accommodations provided).
  • If you are assigned to one of the other arms, you attend a two-hour meeting to receive your orientation and instructions for the project.
  • You must be able to use the internet to participate. You'll complete three online surveys and eight brief weekly reports online.
  • If you are assigned to a Mission Reconnect group, you will receive the instruction online and practice the techniques at home by yourself and with your partner.
  • Not all applicants are accepted. We will be selecting based on the study’s needs for diverse representation.

Who’s conducting the project?
The National Institutes of Health has funded Collinge and Associates, an independent research organization (www.collinge.org), to conduct the study. The Principal Investigators are William Collinge, PhD and Janet Kahn, PhD.

For more information: Contact Dr. Kahn at (802) 658-8525 (jkahn@igc.org) or Dr. Collinge at (541)632-3502 (William@collinge.org).

FAQs for Applicants
If you are an applicant and have questions, or are considering applying and would like to know more, check out the FAQs for Study Applicants page here.


William Collinge, PhD, Principal Investigator, Collinge and Associates, Eugene, OR 

Janet Kahn, PhD, Principal Investigator, Peace Village Projects, Inc., and University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

David Kearney, MD, Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA

Jerry Wesch, PhD, Director, Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, Darnell Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX

Wayne Jonas, MD, LTC (US Army, Ret.), President and CEO, Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA; Georgetown University Medical School, Washington

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, New York and Washington

Cross Current Communications, Portsmouth, NH

InterVision Media, Eugene, OR

Mission Reconnect completed Phase I with a study of 43 Vermont and Oregon National Guard veterans and their partners. The results were published in the journal Military Medicine in December, 2012 (available free at this link). This project is funded by NIH grant #1R44MH088063-01A1.