The Efficacy of Goal Management Training for Cognitive Remediation among Public Safety Personnel with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Urgent calls exist to address the mounting crisis of mental illness, and, in particular, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among public safety personnel (PSP) within Canada. PSP, including firefighters, police, paramedics, correctional services workers, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, operators and dispatchers, border services officers, and members of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, are responsible for maintaining the safety and security of individuals, often placing themselves at risk by doing so. It is increasingly recognized that PSP are more likely to experience exposure to potentially traumatic events, such as natural disasters, violence, and death. Critically, exposure to potentially traumatic events is associated with a host of mental health difficulties, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The proposed project intends to conduct the first gold-standard randomized-control trial of cognitive remediation among PSPs with PTSD using Goal Management Training (GMT).

Faculty Supervisor:

Margaret McKinnon


Sherain Harricharan


Homewood Research Institute





McMaster University


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