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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. 

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Project Title:
Cognitive Inflexibility and Phenotypic Heterogeneity in Eating Disorders
Principal Investigator:
Erika Forbes, PhD
For Information Contact:
Megan Martinho: schamburama2@upmc.edu; or andplab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-354-9297; Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, 8th Floor, Room N8009, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
What We Are Studying:
Researchers at UPMC are conducting a study of behavior and brain function in response to computer tasks in adults with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. We are interested in learning whether differences in behavior and brain responses help to explain differences in eating disorder symptoms across diagnoses.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
You must be between the ages of 18 and 55 years old with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. An evaluation will be provided at no cost to you.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
You must not have a history of head trauma, currently be pregnant, or have been treated for alcohol or drug dependence in the past 3 months.
What Participation Involves:
The study involves a minimum of two visits at baseline, as well as two follow-ups conducted 3 and 6 months after baseline. Baseline assessments will take place at UPMC. Follow-up assessments will take place at UPMC or by phone and mail, whichever you prefer.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
You may receive up to $375 for your participation.
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Project Title:
Anhedonia Study
Principal Investigator:
Erika Forbes, PhD
For Information Contact:
Morgan Lindenmuth, lindenmuthm@upmc.edu; or Melissa Nance, nancem@upmc.edu; or andplab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-354-9297
What We Are Studying:
We are assessing various levels of anhedonia (the loss of interest or pleasure in daily life and activities) and how it affects brain function over the course of adolescence.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents aged 13-19 with a full biological parent or sibling with a history of depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia /schizophrenia-related disorders). To see if you are eligible, follow this link: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dcgHy3FloBmfNNb
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents with a history of head trauma.
What Participation Involves:
The study involves online questionnaires and 3 in-person visits conducted over 3 years. Parents will complete interviews and questionnaires. Adolescents will complete interviews, questionnaires, computer tasks, and an fMRI scan.
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:
Inflammation and the Development of Depression
Principal Investigator:
Erika Forbes, PhD
For Information Contact:
Morgan Lindenmuth, lindenmuthm@upmc.edu; or Melissa Nance, nancem@upmc.edu; or andplab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-354-9297
What We Are Studying:
We are studying inflammatory cytokines (small proteins in cells), and how they relate to the development of depression in adolescents.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents aged 13-19 who have a biological parent or sibling with a history of depression, but no history of depression themselves.
To see if you are eligible, follow this link: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dcgHy3FloBmfNNb
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents who have a history of head injuries or mental illness.
What Participation Involves:
The adolescent and their immediate family member with a history of depression will both complete interviews and questionnaires. The adolescent will also complete computer tasks, an fMRI scan, and a blood draw.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact study coordinator for more details.
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Project Title:
ASSET Study (Adolescents' Social Stresses, Emotions, and Thoughts)
Principal Investigator:
Leslie Horton, PhD
For Information Contact:
Miranda Bridgwater (412) 864-2772, assetstudy@upmc.edu), Or text the word "teenager" to (412)-999-2748.
What We Are Studying:
We are studying the social stresses, emotions, and thoughts of teens, both those with and without a parent with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Teenagers age 14-19 and their parent; parent has a schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder diagnosis (OR no family history of mental illness)
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Teenagers with a history of head trauma including loss of consciousness. Teenagers who themselves have a current diagnosis of schizophrenia / psychotic disorder. Teenagers unwilling to abstain from nicotine and caffeine on the day of testing.
What Participation Involves:
We will examine social stresses, emotions, and thoughts 3 times over 1 year. Activities will include interviews, computer tasks, those in the laboratory (for example, looking at heart rate responses to stressful tasks), and in daily life (loaning participants a cell phone with an application that randomly beeps and asks questions about current experiences).
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Parent participants will be compensated $50 (first study visit). Teenagers will also be compensated up to $265 throughout the full year of participation. Please contact study coordinator for additional details.
Brochure Location:
http://www.assetpitt.com/
Project Title:
Ways for Adolescents to Validate Emotions (WAVE): A Therapy Research Study
Principal Investigator:
Tina Goldstein, PhD
For Information Contact:
Megan Krantz, (Email: wavestudy@upmc.edu, Telephone: 412-864-3321)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of two types of talk therapy (Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) versus Standard of Care (SOC) Psychotherapy) in addition to usual clinical care among adolescents and young adults with Bipolar Disorder.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents with bipolar disorder ages 12-18 and their parents/legal guardians may be eligible to participate.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or mental retardation are not eligible to participate in this study.
What Participation Involves:
Participating families will be assigned randomly (by chance) to receive either DBT or SOC psychotherapy at the CABS clinic. Adolescents and their family members must be willing to participate regularly in therapy sessions for one year at the CABS outpatient clinic at Bellefield Towers in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. All adolescent participants will be followed by a CABS physician who administers and monitors the adolescent's medications. Adolescents and their parents will also take part in regular research interviews (every three months during the first year and every 6 months during the second year) and fill out questionnaires about their symptoms and functioning.
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.
Brochure Location:
Project Title:
Elucidating the Neural Circuitry of OCD to Improve Real-Life Experiences (ENCORE)
Principal Investigator:
Mary Phillips, MD
For Information Contact:
Simona Graur; Telephone: 412-256-8693; Email: graurs@upmc.edu.
What We Are Studying:
Characterizing abnormalities in the OCD neural network
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Persons between the ages of 18 and 35 that have symptoms of OCD (OCD group). Persons between the ages of 18 and 35 that have no history of psychiatric disorders (Control Group)
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Participants are not eligible if they are not between 18-35 years old, have a systemic medical disease, have a history in the last 3 months of illicit substance abuse/dependence, are left/mixed handed, pregnant, prone to panicking in enclosed spaces, have metallic objects in their bodies, have psychotic symptoms, have history of head injury, currently suicidal, or have a personal/family history of any of the following: Neurodevelopmental disorder, Schizophrenia and/or schizoaffective disorder, Primary psychotic disorder, Bipolar disorder, Present PTSD, Present depressive episode. In addition OCD participants must not have taken in excess of one selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant medication or clomipramine within the previous 3 months.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will have a lifetime psychiatric evaluation and complete various tasks while having an fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. The fMRI and other tasks are non-invasive procedures.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants will receive $25 for psychiatric evaluation and $80 for the fMRI portion.
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