DCoE is a Defense Department organization that works to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and their families, by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care.
DCoE includes three centers: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC), and National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2).
Psychological health encompasses many aspects of a person's mental well-being. Common psychological health concerns among service members include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and substance use disorder. In addition to advancing the treatment for these concerns, DCoE helps connect people with available relevant resources, develops products and works to clarify misconceptions.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can be the result of a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. In the general population 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year, resulting in 52,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 and Rand Corp2. The most common TBIs are mild, also known as concussions.
1Langlois, J.A., Rutland-Brown, W., & Thomas, K.E. (2006). Traumatic brain injury in the United States: Emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nation Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
2Tanielian, T. & Jaycox. L.H., eds. (2008). Invisible Wounds of War. Psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery. Santa Monica, CA: RAND. http://veterans.rand.org.