Participate in Research

People like you make the difference!

By participating in a research project, you play a part in helping physicians and researchers develop better ways to diagnose and treat people with mental illness. As a research participant, you learn about the causes of specific mental health problems and what can be done to manage these conditions. 

We invite you to use the search tool below to look for studies underway in the Department of Psychiatry. To explore other opportunities, visit the Pitt+Me website to learn about other studies taking place at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Project Title:
Adolescent Attention to Emotion Study
Principal Investigator:
Mary Woody, PhD
For Information Contact:
Anna Wears (Email: canlab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-648-6474)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to help researchers examine how girls pay attention to emotional information in their environment and how this is associated with their risk for developing emotional disorders. Findings from this research may help researchers to understand how adolescent girls (and their mothers) navigate their emotions.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Biological mothers and their 13 to 15 year old daughters.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Mothers with a history of Bipolar Disorder or Psychosis. Daughters with a history of mood, psychotic, or autism spectrum disorders and/or history of seizures.
What Participation Involves:
Over a 12-month period, participants will complete three to four laboratory study visits that include EEG assessments, computer tasks, interviews, mother-daughter interaction tasks, and questionnaires.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact the study coordinator for more details.
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Project Title:
Social and Decision Neuroscience of Suicidal Behavior
Principal Investigator:
Polina Vanyukov, PhD
For Information Contact:
Emily Reagan (Email: reagane@upmc.edu, Telephone: 412-246-6014)
What We Are Studying:
We are interested in understanding why some people with depression contemplate suicide while others do not.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Participants may be eligible if they are between the ages of 25 and 60 and are either currently depressed OR if they have no psychiatric history.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Participants are not eligible if they have any history of neurological disorder, dementia, bipolar disorder, or psychotic disorder, if they have had any ECT treatment within the last 6 months, if they are unable to undergo an fMRI scan, or if they have any history of stroke.
What Participation Involves:
The study visit consists of a minimum of two visits. The baseline visit consists of clinical assessments. During the second visit, participants will undergo a 90-minute fMRI scan while playing computer games. Participants will also complete some online questionnaires.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
By completing all study assessments, you can be paid up to $175.
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Project Title:
The MindMap Study
Principal Investigator:
Jay Fournier, PhD
For Information Contact:
Katy-Lauren Ford (Email: MIDlab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-383-8133)
What We Are Studying:
Symptoms related to depression and anxiety can affect a person's daily life and interpersonal relationships. Some research suggests that people with mood and anxiety disorders process information differently than people without these types of disorders. The purpose of this study is to better understand the way the brain works in people who have depression and anxiety. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to diagnose and treat mood and anxiety disorders in the future.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Ages 18-25; Currently experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety (feeling down or depressed, anxious, nervous, or tense, having no interest in things you used to enjoy, or feeling hopeless); Right-handed; Normal vision, vision that is corrected to normal with glasses or contacts; Fluent in English; Willing and able to undergo fMRI scanning (not claustrophobic, no non-removable metal in your body)
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
No major medical problems (e.g., stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, endocrine disorders, etc.); No history of neurological disorders (e.g., seizures, head injury, etc.); Not pregnant; Not currently receiving treatment (psychiatric medications or therapy)
What Participation Involves:
Participation involves an initial phone call and a 3 to 5 hour visit to find out if you are eligible. This visit will include completing questionnaires and interviews. If eligible, participants will have a second 3-5 hour visit for an MRI scan. MRI scans are not invasive and do not use radiation. The 3rd and 4th visits (at 6 and 12 months) will include 1.5 to 3 hours of questionnaires and interviews each. Three times, (following the scan, the 6-month follow-up, and the 12-month follow-up) participants will also complete daily online questionnaires for 7 days.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Up to $325.00.
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Project Title:
Caregiving Effects on the Early Development of Infant Brain Behaviors Relationship
Principal Investigator:
Mary Phillips, MD, MD CANTAB
For Information Contact:
Megan Taylor (Email: Taylorm7@upmc.edu; Telephone: (412) 667-8719)
What We Are Studying:
This study will help researchers learn more about the ways in which infant's emotions are connected to areas of the brain and how parenting behaviors may affect these connections.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Mother/caregiver of an infant ages 0-3 months
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals not eligible to participate are: Premature babies (<37 weeks) or babies under 5.5 pounds; individuals hospitalized for physical or neurological issues; infants with metal in their bodies; babies exposed to an illicit substance during pregnancy and mothers currently using illicit substances (other than marijuana) as well as mothers who do not spend at least 2 hours a day caring for the infant.
What Participation Involves:
Participation consists of 3 research visits and 2 infant MRI scans during your child's first 18 months. The first visit (two parts) includes a home visit by the research team when your baby is 3 months old and a scan of your baby's brain (while sleeping) at Children's Hospital. The second visit (two parts) is comprised of an interview and filming in our research suite in Oakland when your baby is 9 months old and an evening scan of your baby's brain (while sleeping) at Children's Hospital. The third visit involves an Interview and filming in our research suite in Oakland when your child is 18 months old.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact the study coordinator for more details.
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Project Title:
CLAP Study
Principal Investigator:
Anna Manelis, PhD
For Information Contact:
Jessica Milewski, Research Associate, Telephone: 412-605-0131; Chloe Reshetar-Jost, Research Associate, 412-605-0141; clap@upmc.edu (preferred)
What We Are Studying:
We are interested in understanding how the brain works in people with and without mood disorders by comparing brain imaging from fMRI scans.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 that have a history of depression or mania, and those with no history of psychiatric disorders.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Those who do not meet standard criteria for fMRI scanning.
What Participation Involves:
This 12-month study may consist of up to 5 visits. Participants will have a psychiatric evaluation and complete self-report questionnaires at visits 1, 3 and 5. During visits 2 and 4, the participant will undergo an fMRI scan, complete additional questionnaires, and perform computer tasks. The fMRI scan is non-invasive.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants will receive $30 for in-office visits (visits 1, 3, and 5), and $100 for scanning visits (visits 2 and 4). Participants will also be reimbursed $10 for transportation at each visit.
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Project Title:
Families as Partners in Reducing Violence
Principal Investigator:
Edward Mulvey, PhD
For Information Contact:
Carol Schubert (Email: schubertca@upmc.edu; Telephone: 412-551-3808)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to understand how families currently handle violent and potentially violent incidents involving a loved one living with mental or behavioral health issues. We want to understand the various ways that family members use their skills to handle these incidents, and we want to learn what methods seem to help in these situations and what things makes them worse. This information will be used to develop educational materials to help other families in similar situations. There is no medication or treatment involved with this study.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
We are recruiting men and women ages 18-60 years old; diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorders, depression or bipolar disorder (you may be eligible even if you have co-occurring mood disorders, substance use, and personality disorders), and; an incident of violence in the last six months, with violence defined as the laying on of hands with the perceived intent of doing harm to another an individual who witnessed the incident of violence who is also willing to participate ("the study partner")."
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals who do not meet the above criteria or who are not able to provide informed consent.
What Participation Involves:
After completing a telephone screening interview, eligible participants will complete a single interview for the study which is expected to take about 2 hours. The interview will focus on a violent incident that occurred in the past six months and will also include some questions related to overall emotions and stress at the time of the incident. A family member or friend who witnessed the event ("the study partner") will be interviewed at a separate time about the same incident."
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Both the study participant and the family member/friend who is their "study partner" will be compensated $50 after completing the study interview."
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