Current Studies

Here is a list of some of our current studies. For additional studies, please visit RecruitMe.

  • Principal Investigator

    Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
    The goal of the project is to examine the accuracy of self-report measures that are commonly used to assess symptoms of emotional distress and well-being in (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals with anxiety, and (3) individuals without OCD/anxiety. Eligible participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychiatric history (through an evaluation with a clinician that can be done remotely and online questionnaires) and to perform a task on a computer. All parts of the study must be completed within a week.
  • Principal Investigator

    Francesca Zanderigo, PhD
    Note: Due to COVID-19, all the research procedures, except the phone screening for this study, has been on pause. The in-person screening and the research procedures will start after the pause is lifted. The purpose of this study is to examine the use of a new portable brain imaging device to study a measure of brain activity, and to develop optimal methods for analyzing the data from this device.
  • Principal Investigator

    Diana M. Martinez, MD
    This research study is investigating ketamine as a possible treatment for tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Ketamine is FDA approved for anesthesia and depression that doesn't respond to regular antidepressants. It is not approved for tinnitus. This study involves two scans using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each of the scans last one and a half hours each. Ketamine is administered during one of the scans. The study also involves three audiological appointments, each lasting one hour, to measure tinnitus symptoms. Compensation for time and travel are provided.
  • Principal Investigator

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    The goal of this study is to examine how effective and well-tolerated a possible new treatment for individuals who injure themselves frequently will be. We are studying a minimal-risk form of electrical brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Previous studies using tDCS have shown that it is helpful in treating conditions like depression and chronic pain. tDCS is administered using two small electrodes that are applied to the scalp. A low current is applied to the electrodes using a battery-operated device.
  • Principal Investigator

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    The goal of this study is to examine how effective and well-tolerated a possible new treatment for individuals who injure themselves frequently will be. We are studying a minimal-risk form of electrical brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Previous studies using tDCS have shown that it is helpful in treating conditions like depression and chronic pain. tDCS is administered using two small electrodes that are applied to the scalp. A low current is applied to the electrodes using a battery-operated device.
  • Principal Investigator

    Jeffrey M. Miller, MD
    The goal of this study is to examine how effective and well-tolerated a possible new treatment for individuals who injure themselves frequently will be. We are studying a minimal-risk form of electrical brain stimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. Previous studies using tDCS have shown that it is helpful in treating conditions like depression and chronic pain. tDCS is administered using two small electrodes that are applied to the scalp. A low current is applied to the electrodes using a battery-operated device.
  • Principal Investigator

    Barbara H. Stanley, PhD
    This study conducts behavioral tasks to explore the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior. Our ultimate goal is to improve prevention of suicide. Participants will have depression with or without suicidal thoughts or previous suicide attempts. Participation involves clinical assessments, a week-long phone survey, a stress test and computer games. Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $125 and will receive up to 3 months of free doctor visits for medication based treatment.
  • Principal Investigator

    Barbara H. Stanley, PhD
    This research study conducts behavioral tasks to explore the biological causes of depression and suicidal behavior. Our ultimate goal is to improve prevention of suicide. Participation in this study includes clinical assessments, a week-long phone survey, a stress test and a computer game.Eligible individuals will be compensated up to $125.
  • Principal Investigator

    Raphael B. Campeas, MD
    We are seeking individuals without any history of psychiatric disorders to serve as controls in our studies of OCD and anxiety. Studies may involve diagnostic interviews, MRI scans, and computer tasks. Compensation provided for time and travel.
  • Principal Investigator

    Randy P. Auerbach, PhD
    This study uses smartphone technology to better understand changes in adolescent moods over time. As a participant in our study, we would: (a) interview your child about current and past thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and (b) collect data from your child's smartphone for 6 months through an app called the Effortless Assessment of Risk States (EARS; which would be installed during the initial study visit after you learned more about the study and provided permission).

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