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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:
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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Project Title:
Negative Thinking Study
Principal Investigator:
Greg Siegle, PhD
For Information Contact:
Marlee Pyzewski (Email: pyzewskiml@upmc.edu; Phone: 412-864-3515) or Jahala Orsini (Email: orsinijm2@upmc.edu; Phone: 412-864-3564)
What We Are Studying:
This study examines a new, experimental computer-based intervention designed to reduce negative thinking by improving attentional focus through sensory distraction. This study also examines brain and physiological functions in individual with repetitive negative thoughts.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Fluent English speaking adults ages 18-65 who are currently experiencing repetitive negative thoughts.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals with a history of severe head trauma, chronic pain, or a heart condition; psychotic disorder or psychosis; current use of antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, stimulants, anti-Parkinsonians; current alcohol or substance dependence.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will be asked to complete a series of six visits at a UPMC facility in Oakland. The first visit will consist of interviews to assess one's well-being and mental health history. The second visit will include a 90 minute fMRI while we collect physiological data, such as pupil dilation, breathing, heart rate, brain waves, and more while you complete computer-based tasks. On the third, fourth, and fifth visits we will be doing brain training exercises in which participants must attend to an annoying sensation on the forearm. The sixth visit will consist of a 90 minute fMRI which includes recording physiological data and completion of computer-based tasks.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants can receive up to $200 for full completion.
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Project Title:
Emotion Regulation in Depression
Principal Investigator:
Jay Fournier, PhD
For Information Contact:
Logan Cummings (Email: cummingslr3@upmc.edu; Telephone: 412-624-5541)
What We Are Studying:
We will be using functional magnetic resonance imaging (or fMRI) to take pictures of your brain while you view different types of pictures, words, or sentences on a computer screen. We will compare fMRI scans from people with depression to those scans from people with no disorders. This will help to improve our understanding of the way the brain works in people who have depression.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Individual that are: 1) Aged 18-40; 2) Currently depressed OR who have no history of psychiatric disorders and 3) Must be right handed.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
1) Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or an active alcohol or substance use disorder; 2) Individuals currently receiving psychiatric medication or psychotherapy and 3) Individuals with a history of head trauma.
What Participation Involves:
There are two visits involved in this study. The first will involve interviews and questionnaires. During the second visit, participants will undergo an fMRI scan and complete additional questionnaires.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants will be compensated up to $110 for completing both visits ($25 for the first visit, $85 for the second visit). The study will provide vouchers for bus fare or parking passes at study approved lots.
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Project Title:
Diamond Brain Imaging Study
Principal Investigator:
Mary Phillips, MD
For Information Contact:
TEXT: DIAMOND to 412-999-2758; EMAIL: fmristudies@upmc.edu; CALL: 412-383-3109; WEBPAGE: www.diamond.pitt.edu
What We Are Studying:
Using fMRI scan techniques, this study is focusing on differences in emotion and brain functioning in those experiencing severe distress compared to those who are not.
No treatment is provided.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Young Adults age 18-25 currently experiencing distress severe enough that they have sought treatment. They do not have to meet any disorder but they also are eligible if they do. Matched young adults who have never experienced distress or any psychiatric disorders.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Those on psychotropic medications for more than a couple weeks (or controls - ever); Those with current alcohol or substance abuse; Those with a history of severe concussion, neurological disorder, metal in the body, having claustrophobia, or currently pregnant.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will have a full clinical evaluation to determine eligibility and then complete self-report questionnaires on the screen day. Following that they will have an fMRI scan where they will complete tasks in the scanner and complete a brief clinical assessment & self-report forms. There is also a blood draw, if the participant agrees. For the distressed group, there are 2 follow-up clinical appointments at 6- and 12- months.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation for participation is as follows: $25 - screen visit; $75 - scan visit with potential to 'win' $6 more in the tasks/games in the scanner; $20 - blood draw; and $30 - follow-up visits.
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