What is the UW Stress Check?

The purpose of the UW Stress Check is to look at different ways of supporting active duty service members who have questions or concerns about symptoms of posttraumatic stress. It is an opportunity to check in, discuss questions or concerns about reactions to traumatic event(s) experienced, and explore treatment options.

What is a traumatic event?

It is an unusually or especially, frightening, horrible, or traumatic experience. Examples of traumatic events include experiencing serious accident, physical or sexual assault or abuse, combat or exposure to a war-zone, fire or explosion, life-threatening illness or injury, sudden violent death, sudden accidental death, or natural disaster.

Traumatic events can happen at any point in someone’s lifetime, including during a person’s childhood and/or adulthood.

Am I eligible for the UW Stress Check?

Please give us a call to find out, 866-866-0137. We will ask you a few questions to see if the study might be a good fit for you. 

You may be eligible to participate in the UW Stress Check study if:

  • You are age 18 and older
  • Active-duty service member
  • You have experienced a traumatic event at any point in your life
  • You have symptoms like nightmares, feeling jumpy, feeling like you can't stop thinking about the event, trying to avoid reminders of the event, and/or feeling emotionally numb

What will I get if I participate in the UW Stress Check?

You will receive a free service to help you with the questions or concerns you may be having. You can earn up to $200 if you are eligible and complete all steps of the study over the course of 7 months. 

I'm interested, what do I do?

Call us, 866-866-0137, and a UW Stress Check team member will ask you a few questions to see if you are eligible. If you are eligible, you will be randomly assigned ("coin flip") to receive either a series of 3 phone calls with a study counselor or to be mailed resource booklets with posttraumatic stress treatment options. Everything is done over the phone and your entire participation will be a series of 5-8 phone calls over the course of 7 months. 

With the study counselor, you will have the chance to discuss your concerns about reactions to a traumatic event and explore treatment options. Some will get to talk with a study counselor right away, while others will wait a period of time before talking with them. Everyone will get information about posttraumatic stress treatment options. 

We have several ways that you can contact, when you are ready:

  • Phone: 866-866-0137                                                                                      
  • Text: 206-331-5022                                                                                         
  • Email: ucheckup@uw.edu                                                                               
  • Click on the "Contact Us" button below

I don't want others to find out that I'm in this program, how will my identity be protected?

Protecting your privacy is our top priority. You will be assigned a participant ID that is used instead of identifying you with your name. All items are stored in a locked filing cabinet and/or secured on encrypted servers. Only UW Stress Check team members have access to this information. 

You will have the option to participate in the study either confidentially or anonymously. Chain of command will not have access to information of people who call and/or participate in the project.

Can I leave the study whenever I want to?

Yes, your participation in the study is completely voluntary, meaning that you can stop participating at any time. You can also decline to answer any questions you don't want to answer.

How often will I get paid?

Based on the completion of the phone interviews, you can earn up to $200 over the course of 7 months.

How do I sign up?

Call us at 866-866-0137 to find out if you are eligible. 


The UW Stress Check is a study conducted by the University of Washington and funded by the Department of Defense. Command is NOT notified of your involvement.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.