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:
Shaping Actions and Responses to Emotions (ShARE) Study
Principal Investigator:
Rachel Vaughn-Coaxum, PhD
For Information Contact:
Calla Pritulsky; Email: ECYMHLab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-526-8667
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to examine two different psychotherapy approaches for depression in adolescents. We are seeking to understand how teens' life experiences relate to the effectiveness of these therapies.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Teens aged 12-15 that feel sad, depressed, irritable, or withdrawn.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Teens that are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or bipolar disorder.
What Participation Involves:
Your child will be asked to complete an initial assessment that includes 2-3 hours of research activities, including questionnaires and tasks. Your child will then participate in four individual therapy visits spaced one week apart. At the end of the last visit, your child will be asked to complete additional questionnaires and tasks. One month after the final session, your child will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Please contact the study coordinator for more details.
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Project Title:
SAND Study - Cognitive Control
Principal Investigator:
Anna Manelis, PhD
For Information Contact:
Rachel Ragozzino, Research Project Assistant (Email: sand@upmc.edu (preferred); Telephone: 412-799-6105)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to learn how age, symptoms of (or lack there of) depression and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affect people's ability to perform tasks requiring cognitive control.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Individuals who are aged 18 - 85 years and able to walk and stand independently. Individuals who may or may not have been diagnosed with depression and may or may not have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals who are unable to walk or stand independently. Individuals with glaucoma or other serious vision conditions that may prevent performance on computer. Individuals with psychotic disorders. Individuals with metal in their body.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychological history. They will also be asked to complete various computer tasks and self-reports. Participation will involve 1 visit that may last 2-4.5 hours. Participants will be compensated for their participation.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Individuals who are found eligible after the phone screen procedure and complete all study procedures will be paid $40 and $10 for transportation or parking. If an individual does not complete all study procedures, they will be paid $10 for participation and $10 for transportation or parking.
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Project Title:
SAND Study - Neuroimaging Component
Principal Investigator:
Anna Manelis, PhD
For Information Contact:
Rachel Ragozzino, Research Project Assistant (Email: sand@upmc.edu (preferred); Telephone: 412-799-6105)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to learn more about the effect of depression (or lack there of) on brain function and structure in people with and without age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Individuals who are aged 65 - 80 years and able to walk and stand independently. Individuals may or may not have been diagnosed with depression and may or may not have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals who are unable to walk or stand independently. Individuals with glaucoma or other serious vision conditions that may prevent performance on computer. Individuals with psychotic disorders. Individuals with metal in their body.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychological history. They will also be asked to complete various tasks, some of which will be conducted while having a fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. This scan does not involve radiation or needles. Participation will involve 1 visit that may last 2-4.5 hours. Participants will be compensated for their participation.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Individuals will be paid $90 for completion of all study procedures and $10 for transportation or parking. If individuals don't complete all study procedures, they will be paid $10 for participation and $10 for transportation or parking.
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Project Title:
Targeted Approaches for Promoting Adolescent Sleep (TAPAS)
Principal Investigator:
Jessica Levenson, PhD
For Information Contact:
Sara Albert, Research Associate (Email: tapas@upmc.edu; study cell: 412-992-7246)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to help find out if a newly developed sleep program can help teens improve their sleep.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents ages 13-15 with regular access to a smartphone
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Adolescents with mental health diagnoses, those who use medications that affect sleep
What Participation Involves:
Teens and parents will watch a 2-minute video about sleep, complete questionnaires and computer tasks, complete daily sleep diaries on a smartphone, view summary reports of their sleep, wear a wristwatch to measure movement, and set sleep goals. Teens and parents will also meet with a clinician (in person or by videoconference) to discuss sleep and review personalized strategies for sleep.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Up to $233.50 depending on participation
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Project Title:
The KEY Study - Early Intervention for Youth At-Risk for Bipolar Disorder
Principal Investigator:
Tina Goldstein, PhD
For Information Contact:
Kelly Monk (Email: monkk@upmc.edu; Telephone: 412-246-5796)
What We Are Studying:
The study will examine the efficacy of two different types of talk therapy: Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors (HL)
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Offspring between the ages of 12-18yo who have a biological parent diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Youth diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a developmental disorder or a central nervous system disorder.
What Participation Involves:
The study involves an initial assessment to confirm eligibility, a feedback session, randomization into one of two treatment groups and follow-up sessions at 3, 6,12 and 18-month timepoints. All participants will be asked to wear an activity watch and download an app on their phone. All study visits will be completed virtually.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Up to $600 over the course of the 18-month study duration
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Project Title:
The Early Experience and Mind Body Connections (EMBODY) Study
Principal Investigator:
Layla Banihashemi, PhD
For Information Contact:
Brandon Sibbach (Email: bbstress@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-586-9766)
What We Are Studying:
We are examining how difficult experiences in childhood impact vulnerability to mental health symptoms in adulthood through changes in brain circuits and body functions involved in stress responses. The results of this study could contribute to more effective mental health treatments.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Adults ages 20-35, right-handed, no metal in the body, including significant, non-removable dental work (fillings are okay) and are not currently taking medication for psychiatric disorders
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Individuals outside of the age criteria, left-handed, ferromagnetic metal in the body and currently taking medications for psychiatric disorders
What Participation Involves:
Visit 1 involves the completion of questionnaires and a diagnostic interview.
Visit 2 consists of a 1-hour MRI scan with two computer tasks and the collection of urine, hair and saliva samples.
Visit 3 involves a 30-minute MRI scan.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Up to $135
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