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:
CLAP Study
Principal Investigator:
Anna Manelis, PhD
For Information Contact:
Please email the research staff at clap@upmc.edu (preferred) or call Rachel Ragozzino at 412-605-0131 or Skye Satz at 412-605-0141.
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:
The BRITE Study (Brain Response and Infant & Toddler Emotions)
Principal Investigator:
Judith Morgan, PhD
For Information Contact:
Allison Hoffman and Britt Holdaway, Email: carelab@pitt.edu; Telephone: 412-624-7991 and 412-383-1047
What We Are Studying:
We are examining how maternal depression and parenting impacts child brain development across the first 5 years of life.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Biological mothers with or without current depression and their 1 to 3 year old children. We are also recruiting healthy volunteers.
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
Mothers with a history of Bipolar Disorder or Psychosis. Children with a developmental delay or disability, such as Autism.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will complete 6-7 laboratory visits over 3 years. During the 1st visit each year, the mother will complete interviews and questionnaires. During the 2nd visit each year, the mother and child will wear a head cap to measure brain response while playing together. If the child is 5 years old in third year, the child will also undergo fMRI scanning.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Please contact Allison Hoffman or Britt Holdaway for more details.
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Project Title:
The Emotional Growth Study
Principal Investigator:
Susan B. Perlman, PhD
For Information Contact:
Lisa Bemis (Email: bemislm@upmc.edu; Office: 412-383-5260; Text: 412-463-1253)
What We Are Studying:
The purpose of this study is to better understand how preschool age children learn to control their emotions. The researchers are particularly interested in which children might be at risk for mental illness based on how their brains understand and control emotions, and how their home life might affect their development.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Children ages 4 or 5; No history of psychiatric disorders; Willing and able to have an MRI scan; Likes to play computer games
Who Is Not Eligible to Participate:
History of psychiatric disorders; History of seizures; History of head trauma with loss of consciousness
What Participation Involves:
This study occurs over a two year period. You will make three visits (2-3 hours each) total when your child is 4, 5 and 6 years old or 5, 6 or 7 years old. Visit times are flexible to suit your schedule. Study participation includes completing questionnaires and interviews, providing hair samples, and monitoring sleep and other activities. At each visit, your child will wear a headband or hat (similar to a swim cap) that uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to monitor brain activity in the front part of the brain. fNIRS is safe and painless. Parents will also wear a fNIRS device during the first visit. An fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) will be done at the last visit when your child is 6 or 7 years old. An fMRI scan is an imaging technique for measuring brain function. fMRI is non-invasive and does not involve radiation.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Participants are compensated plus reimbursement for travel and a small prize.
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Project Title:
Decision Processes of Late-Life Suicide
Principal Investigator:
Katalin Szanto, MD
For Information Contact:
Mandy Collier (Email : dnpl@upmc.edu; Telephone : 412-246-6014)
What We Are Studying:
We are interested in understanding why some middle-aged and older adults become depressed, contemplate suicide and/or try to end their lives.
Who Is Eligible to Participate:
Participants may be eligible if they between the ages of 50 and 85 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, or if they have any history of stroke.
What Participation Involves:
Participants will complete a baseline appointment, including clinical assessments, decision-making games, and memory testing. Participants will then complete a shorter, annual follow-up visit once a year for up to 4 years. Participants will also complete an fMRI, if eligible.
Do Participants Receive Compensation as Part of the Study:
Yes
What Compensation Do Participants Receive:
Compensation is provided. Eligible participants will receive between $75 and $130 for the initial appointment, and $50 for each annual visit. Reimbursement for parking and transportation is also available.
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