UTHealth researcher Vujanovic receives grant for mental health research

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Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D.

HOUSTON – (July 24, 2014) – Anka A. Vujanovic, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, has begun a study examining the effects of post-traumatic stress symptom severity and distress tolerance on psychiatric inpatient treatment.

The research is supported by a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Her project was one of nine selected out of 51 applicants from Texas universities.

Distress tolerance is the perceived or actual capacity to tolerate negative emotional states. Vujanovic’s study will examine the individual and combined effects of post-traumatic stress symptom severity and distress tolerance in terms of treatment adherence, duration of stay and response to treatment. 

“This study has the potential to significantly impact both the public policy and clinical research advancement,” Vujanovic said. “It also has the potential to build upon our understanding of how the individual's ability to tolerate negative emotional states might affect treatment outcomes in acute-care psychiatric inpatient settings, ultimately leading to the development of novel, evidence-based interventions for this at-risk population.”

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public information. It is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

Deborah Mann Lake
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