Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

194  University of North Texas  (84490)

Principal Investigator: Ruggero,Camilo

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 40,356

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: - 8/31/21

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Psychology

Department, Center, School, or Institute: College of Lib Arts & Soc Sci

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Personality-Informed Care Model for 9/11-related Comorbid Conditions

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Stony Brook University

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Occupational Safety and Health Program


This is Restricted Research. The present proposal will recruit and follow 400 WTC responders from Long Island site of the WTC Health Program as they present for monitoring. Participants will complete state-of-the-art personality assessment (inclusive facets) and a week of daily measures of symptoms, lung function, cognitive processes, stressors, and functional impairment, with the goal of understanding what mechanisms convey risk from personality to poor health outcomes. The same daily measures will be completed again 1 and 2 years later. This study will enable us to determine which personality vulnerabilities uniquely contribute to worse illness course and treatment response as well as the underpinning mechanisms. To test the feasibility of improving health outcomes by treating personality vulnerabilities, we will target the most significant of these vulnerabilities in a small randomized clinical trial, where 60 patients with comorbid disorders will be randomized to one month of personality treatment (PT) vs. control treatment (CT). The proposed study will be the first to rigorously investigate personality assessment as a tool of person-focused medicine to predict course of mental and physical illnesses, their comorbidity, functional impairment, and treatment utilization in WTC responders. It promises not only to identify modifiable risk factors, resilience characteristics, and mechanisms for maintenance of WTC conditions, but also propose a system of personality-informed interventions to improve care of vulnerable individuals and begin testing these recommendations. This will inform the healthcare provision for WTC responders, and the proposed treatment recommendations will be directly relevant to other health care system.

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