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National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study (NHRVS)


Investigator Access

What's Available

Research data

Available Documentation 

Check with the study contact and publications for information on a public dataset, data archive, data enclave, or website where data might be available.

Dates Data are Available 

Currently available, no end date

Access Criteria

Individuals interested in collaborating on NHRVS-related projects should contact Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH:

Study Characteristics


To better understand and evaluate the prevalence and correlates of successful aging and psychological resilience in a large, contemporary, and nationally representative Veteran sample.

Era of Service



A nationally representative sample of U.S. Veterans

Study Design 

Prospective cohort 

Time Period

Wave 1: October 2011 - December 2011
Wave 2: September 2013




Wave 1: 3,157 participants
Wave 2: 2,157 participants

Response Rate


Recruitment Method    

  • The sample was drawn from a survey panel of >80,000 households identified from the U.S. Postal Service’s Delivery Sequence File
  • Random samples of panel members were recruited by telephone and mail
  • Veterans who provided informed consent participated in the study



Data Collected

Broad range of sociodemographic, clinical, and psychological characteristics, such as:

  • Symptoms of posttraumatic stress, major depressive, and generalized anxiety disorders
  • Physical health difficulties
  • Substance abuse history
  • Trauma/psychiatric history
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Psychosocial variables (e.g., gratitude, sense of purpose, and altruism)

Data Collection Method

Anonymous web-based survey

Funding Source 

VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Yale Pepper Center NIA Grant P30AG21342)


Primary Investigator: Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH


Primary Investigator: Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH,

Selected Publications

Pietrzak RH, Cook JM. Psychological Resilience in Older U.S. Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Depress Anxiety. 2013;30: 432–443.1

Pietrzak RH, Tsai J, Kirwin PD, Southwick SM. Successful Aging among Older Veterans in the United States. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014;22(6):551-63. (Abstract)

Smith NB, Mota N, Tsai J, Monteith L, Harpaz-Rotem I, Southwick SM, Pietrzak RH. Nature and Determinants of Suicidal Ideation among U.S. Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. J Affect Disord. 2016;197:66-73.

Isaacs K, Mota NP, Tsai J, Harpaz-Rotem I, Cook JM, Kirwin PD, Krystal JH, Southwick SM, Pietrzak RH. Psychological Resilience in U.S. Military Veterans: A 2-Year, Nationally Representative Prospective Cohort Study. J Psychiatr Res. 2017;84:301-309. 

 More Information

New study reports on suicidal thinking among U.S. Veterans (VA Research Currents article, 4-4-2016)
Dimensions for VA summary (Requires an account to access outside the VA network. Dimensions for VA is a database that connects publications, grants, patents, clinical trials, and policy documents)


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