Become a Research Participant

People like you make the difference!  By participating in a research project, you can play a part in helping physicians and other researchers develop and test better ways to diagnose and treat people with mental health and addiction disorders.  As a research participant, you also can learn more about the causes of specific mental health and/or addiction problems and what can be done to help better manage these conditions. 

You can make a difference!  Please consider becoming a research participant today.

 

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Why should you participate in research?

Individuals choose to participate in research for many different reasons.  You may participate because you want to play a part in helping physicians and other researchers develop and test better ways to diagnose and treat patients.  Or you may volunteer to learn more about a specific disorder through your participation.  Regardless of your motivation or interest, everyone that participates can be of help to others with similar problems today and in the future. 

What studies are available?

Research studies are designed to improve our overall understanding of a disorder or a particular topic.  Clinical research refers to studies that involve people.  A clinical research study may also be referred to as a "research investigation", a "clinical trial", or a "protocol."  Treatment studies test how well a particular medication, talk therapy, or new medical devices treat a specific illness.  Assessment studies may involve activities such as completing questionnaires, providing a small blood sample, or taking pictures of  your brain activity.  These types of research help us to identify causes or risk factors for particular illnesses, to improve our tools for diagnosing these disorders, and to develop new, more effective treatments.