Vet Research

Help with our research into trauma

About the study

We are trying to understand more about trauma, experienced as a child and in adulthood, and its impact on mental health. Our long-term aim to help improve diagnosis, treatment and support for those who have experienced traumatic events.


Veterans' NHS Wales partnered with Cardiff University to test a novel trauma focused psychological therapy from the Netherlands military psychiatry department, aimed at treatment resistant veterans with PTSD.

The research team in Cardiff, led by Professor Jonathan Bisson, Chief Investigator and Dr Neil Kitchiner Principal Investigator, plus Professors' Robert Van Deursen, Ben Hannigan and user representative Lt Col (Rtd) John Skipper. Recruited 42 military veterans into the study. The aim was to test modular motion-assisted memory desensitisation and reconsolidation therapy (3MDR) on UK military veterans residing in Wales, who have received evidenced based trauma focused psychological therapies (TFCBT & EMDR) and remain symptomatic. Veteran therapists from VNHSW provided participants with 3MDR, included: Victoria Williams, (AMBUHB), William Watkins, (CTUHB), Vanessa Bailey, (ABUHB) Clare Crole-Rees and Dean Whybrow, (C&VUHB). The day to day running of the study was supported by research assistant Kali Barawi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cardiff University is also conducting a number of other research studies on PTSD (in civilians) and information about this can be found at

The publication of the study is available here: 3MDR June 2020.


3MDR Therapy

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Motion-assisted Multi-modular Memory Desensitisation and Reconsolidation (3MDR), is a new talking therapy for Military Veterans which shares many of the principles and methods used in existing therapies, but which extends these using virtual reality techniques including adding in your own music, photographs and walking on a treadmill.


3MDR: Virtual reality treatment for veterans with PTSD

NCMH (National Centre for Mental Health)

NCMH (National Centre for Mental Health)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common and debilitating condition that is estimated to affect around 6% of British military veterans. Symptoms include being constantly on edge and vividly re-experiencing a traumatic event and often result in social isolation. Researchers and clinicians at Cardiff University and within NHS Wales have completed a randomised controlled trial of a new therapy, known as 3MDR (multi-modular motion-assisted memory desensitisation and reconsolidation). 3MDR is based on a combination of virtual reality exposure as well as eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, which is an established psychological treatment for PTSD. The 42 military veterans who took part in the study and had previously had no success using conventional forms of treatment for their PTSD symptoms. The participants were split into two groups. The group that received immediate treatment with 3MDR showed significantly improved PTSD symptoms than the delayed treatment group at the 12-week follow up. The delayed treatment group also responded well to 3MDR and the immediate treatment group maintained their improvement when they were followed up at 26 weeks. Not all participants responded well to 3MDR and further research is now needed to determine who this therapy is likely to help most and whether it is also effective for people with PTSD unrelated to military service. The trial was funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and supported by Health and Care Research Wales. Thank you to the health boards who supported the trial: - Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - Cardiff and Vale University Health Board - Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Thank you also to the team at Magenta that did a brilliant job on the animation: Read more: Gwyliwch yn Gymraeg / Watch in Welsh:



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