Boston VA Research Study on Regret, Remorse and Guilt

The Boston VA is seeking participants for a telehealth research study on veterans experiencing regret, remorse or guilt.  Participants must be 18 or older.

Your participation will take approximately 4 months and all appointments will be online.

Participation will include:

an initial interview (takes about 2-3 hours)

if you are eligible, 6 weekly therapy sessions with your therapist (1.5 hours)

two follow up interviews (2 hours each visit)

In total, you will be asked to attend 10 appointments over a 4-month period.

You will receive $120 for your participation.



Do you feel regret or guilt because of something that happened? Are you bothered by something you did or did not do? Was there a situation where you wish you could have done more?

During the COVID-19 pandemic and over the last year, people have faced many difficult situations. Feelings of regret, remorse, or guilt from before may have gotten worse or you may have developed these feelings because of something that happened during the past year.

We are looking for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who are still bothered by feelings of regret, remorse, or guilt that started or worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic to take part in a research study.

In this study, we want to find out more about how to support Veterans who are experiencing regret, remorse, or guilt by comparing two different kinds of talk therapy.

One therapy is called Trauma Informed Guilt Reduction. This therapy will focus on addressing remorse or guilt and working to move forward in your life in a direction that is consistent with your values. The other is Supportive Care Therapy and will focus on current life problems. Both are one-on-one talk therapies held over six weekly sessions that you will do from your home using your computer, tablet, phone, or other device.

Principal Investigator:

Jennifer Schuster Wachen, PhD, Clinical Research Psychologist, National Center for PTSD


Allie, VA Boston


Click here to see if you qualify to participate.