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Family Telemental Health Intervention for Veterans with Dementia


This research project will develop a telehealth intervention to address interpersonal difficulties between caregivers and persons with dementia in families with veterans.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
18 Years N/A All Yes
September 18, 2017
December 31, 2021

  • Caregiver or person with dementia must be a U.S. veteran


  • Involved in the care of the person with dementia for at least 4 hours a day
  • Report that the care recipient exhibits behavioral problems that are distressing
  • Not currently participating in the VA Resources for Enhancing Alzheimers Caregiver Health (REACH) program

Care Recipient

  • Diagnosis of dementia and cognitive impairment
  • Not bedridden
  • Able to respond to a caregiver's instructions

  • Caregiver with severe cognitive impairment, inability to meet study demands, or psychosis

This multi-phase project will develop and test a video assessment of interactions between the caregiver and person with dementia to identify interpersonal difficulties. Participants will then take 12 to 16 telehealth sessions tailored by clinicians based on the interpersonal difficulties identified. Topics addressed will include communication and problem solving, safety building, and techniques to shift emotional responses. Researchers will assess the effectiveness of the telehealth intervention through changes in interpersonal conflict, caregiver depression, and anxiety.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, New York, NY
New York New York 10010 Recruiting Cory K Chen, PhD

VA Office of Research and Development

Name Role Affiliation
Cory K. Chen, PhD Principal Investigator Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Name Phone Email
Cory K. Chen, PhD 212-686-7500


Family Telemental Health Intervention for Veterans With Dementia