Surveying Veterans to Improve PTSD Treatment

Altarum is conducting a survey of 14,000 Veterans to obtain insights about how stress impacts their health.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has enlisted Altarum to design and carry out a longitudinal survey of thousands of Veterans to better understand how traumatic experiences affect their health over time.

Our Approach

The study will take place over a year, and involve at least three separate surveys of the cohort. Altarum’s survey scientists worked closely with the VA on the design of the survey, from choosing a sample that is statistically representative of the Veteran population to crafting the wording of the survey questions, to ensure the effort yields relevant and quality data.


The survey is currently in development, and will provide critical information to congressional and VA leadership on the mental health of Veterans, and inform future efforts to treat PTSD and other mental health conditions of Veterans.

Surveying Veterans to Improve PTSD Treatment Contact

Contact Us

Laura Pinnock

Laura Pinnock  - MS

Program Director, Survey Science

Areas of Expertise
  • Survey Data
  • Military & Veterans Health
  • Integrated Disability Evaluation System

As program director of Survey Science, Laura Pinnock directs survey projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration. Her areas of expertise include survey data, military and veterans health and health care claims data, and the military’s Wounded Warrior population. Laura has a master’s degree from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.