Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine



Strong anecdotal evidence suggests that trained service dogs can help mitigate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In particular, they may help reduce incidence of substance abuse and suicide in military veterans with PTSD and TBI. Two Jefferson College of Nursing faculty members— assistant professor Jennifer Shiroff, PhD, and instructor Jacquelyn O’Rourke-Fulford, MSN— have begun the process of formally assessing the effectiveness of service dogs as a therapeutic intervention for veterans with PTSD or TBI.