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Pittsburgh Clinical Application of Neuroscience Laboratory

University of Pittsburgh | Department of Pyschiatry

Research Studies

Adolescent Attention to Emotion Study

(Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Woody)

 

Are you the mother of a girl ages 13-15? If so, you and your daughter may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers learn 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 study may help researchers to understand how adolescent girls navigate their emotions.

 

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.

Compensation of up to $250 will be provided for participation in the study.

 

For more information or to see if you qualify to participate in this study, Contact Us.

 

Compulsive Behavior Study

Are you between the ages of 18 and 60? Do you often feel that you must complete unwanted, repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing distress or obtaining absolute certainty? Common examples include (but are not limited to): excessive washing, checking, counting, ordering/arranging, repeated reassurance-seeking, hair/skin picking or pulling, or other mental or superstitious rituals.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are looking for adults who feel compelled to do things repeatedly to participate in a research study. The study examines the brain mechanisms involved in overcoming compulsive behaviors. Over a 3-5 week period (4 visits), participants will complete clinical interviews, questionnaires, fMRI brain scans, and computer-based behavioral tasks (including repeated administration of a safe, mild electric shock). During these visits participants will also complete very brief sessions of non-invasive brain stimulation (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) designed to stimulate specific brain regions.

This research study does not involve any medications or talk therapy. Compensation of up to $300 will be provided for participation in the study. For more information or to see if you qualify to participate in this study, Contact Us.

Depression Treatment Study

Are you between the ages of 18 and 60? Have you been feeling down, low, or depressed? Do you have a low or poor opinion of yourself? Have you tried at least one standard antidepressant medication during the current period of depression, without complete success?

The study is designed to test a novel, multi-component treatment for depression.

Over a 5-week period, participants will receive an intravenous infusion of ketamine, a rapid-acting antidepressant which has been used safely in research and clinical care for decades, or placebo; and complete sessions of a computer-based intervention designed to “retrain the brain.” Subjects will also complete clinical interviews; questionnaires; fMRI brain scans; and computer-based tasks.

Your current depression treatments can be maintained throughout the study period. The research study does not involve any talk therapy.

Compensation of up to $450 will be provided for participation in the study.

For more information or to see if you qualify to participate in this studyContact Us