ProNET Study – Ages 18-30
Are you 18-30 years old? Have you had recent changes in thinking and behavior such as hearing or seeing things that others do not, confusion about what is real or imaginary, feeling suspicious or paranoid, or other unusual experiences? You may be able to join a research study to learn more about why some people develop these symptoms while others do not.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
MOMENTUM Study – Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder
Are you 18-45 and have symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder? You may be able to participate in a study to help understand the brain and behavior processes that underlie mood swings. The study involves playing games on a mobile app for 28 days, commitment is 70-90 minutes a day. You’ll also complete psychological assessments, questionnaires, and a fMRI scan. Study length is 7-9 weeks.
DEAR Study (Daily Emotions and Relationships)
Have you had recent suicidal thoughts or behaviors and are you currently receiving treatment for a mood or behavioral disorder? Are you aged 18-35? If so, you may be eligible for a research study to help better understand how daily emotions and experiences affect mood symptoms and suicide risk over time. Compensation provided.
Sweat Chloride and ADHD Medications Study – Ages 18-21
Are you aged 18-21 and currently take a prescription medication for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? If so, you may be able to participate in a 1-visit research study to help find out if people who take ADHD medications have elevated salt levels in their sweat (called sweat chloride levels). Compensation provided and parking will be validated.
Compulsive Behaviors Study
Are you 18-60 years old? Do you often feel the need to complete unwanted, repetitive behaviors like checking, washing, picking, reassurance seeking, etc.? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand brain patterns involved in compulsive behaviors and to measure the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on compulsive behaviors. Compensation provided.
RAM Study – Ages 18-24
Are you 18-24 years old? You may be able to participate in a research study to help find out how individual differences in energy and activity levels affect sleep, brain responses, and mood regulation in young adults. The study involves 2 overnight sleep lab visits, an fMRI brain scan, and other assessments. Compensation is provided.
DYADS Study – Cisgender Heterosexual Individuals Ages 18-30
Are you a heterosexual cisgender (that is, not transgender) individual age 18-30? Have you experienced suicidal thoughts in the past 6 months? You may be able to participate in a study of emotions and experiences in young adults. Eligible participants must have a close friend who would be willing to participate in two brief lab visits. Compensation is provided.
DYADS Study – Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+
Are you 18-30 years old and identify as LGBTQ+ (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning)? Have you experienced suicidal thoughts in the past 6 months? You may be able to participate in a study of emotions and experiences in young adults. Eligible participants must have a close friend who would be willing to participate in two brief lab tasks. Compensation is provided.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
The Personality Study
Are you 22-60 years old? Do you frequently experience irritability, anger, frustration or other negative emotions? You may be able to participate in a study to help examine personality and decision-making. Study procedures involve interviews and questionnaires, games, and possible fMRI scanning. Compensation is provided.
Mental Health Literacy Survey – 18-25 year olds
Are you 18-25 years old, Black/African American, and live in Allegheny County? You may be able to participate in a research study about the knowledge and beliefs of Black youth concerning mental health, mental illnesses, and treatment methods. This study involves completing up to 2 online surveys. Compensation is provided.
Aphasia Treatment Study to Address Mental Health and Successful Communication
Do you have aphasia due to a stroke? Was your stroke within the past 12 months? Are you currently living in the community? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to find out if Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be adapted to help stroke survivors recover from aphasia. Compensation is provided.
The EMBODY Study
Are you 20-35 years old? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to learn how difficult and challenging childhood experiences may shape the brain and body. Eligible participants are right-handed, have no ferromagnetic metal in their body, are willing to have an MRI scan, and are not taking medication for any psychiatric disorders. Compensation and parking are provided.
Do you sometimes feel disconnected from your body? And have you experienced trauma? You may be able to participate in a study to help understand how interventions change brain activity associated with feeling disconnected. Participation involves interviews, pre/post MRI scans, 8 intervention visits, and internet follow-up visits. Participants will be compensated.
DIAMOND Brain Imaging Study – Adults Experiencing Emotional Distress
Are you experiencing emotional distress? Are you aged 18-30? You may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about brain structure and function in young adults. Eligible participants are willing and able to undergo MRI scanning and are right-handed. Compensation is provided.
Grief and Bereavement Overload Study
Are you a current Pitt/UPMC medical resident or fellow? You may be able to participate in a survey study designed to learn about bereavement and grief among medical trainees. This research study involves completing one 10-minute online survey.
RAP Study: Risk Assessment for Psychosis – At-Risk Adults
Do you have bothersome unwelcome thoughts, problems getting along with others, difficulty concentrating, decreased productivity at school or work, do you hear unusual sounds or voices, or do you have a sibling or parent with a history of psychotic disorders? Are you 18-35 years old? If so, you may be able to take part in a brain imaging and sleep research study. Compensation provided.
Are you age 60 or older? Did your spouse or partner pass away in the past 12 months? You may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about health behaviors and mood in bereaved older adults. This study involves 7 visits (online or by phone) over 15 months and includes recording daily activity, mood, diet, and sleep behaviors for 12 weeks. Compensation is provided.
EASY Research Study – Ages 18-24
Are you an 18-24 year old who has recently accessed emergency or crisis services for behavioral health related issues? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study to help better understand how to assess mood, behaviors, and suicide risk in young adults. This study involves four online or phone sessions over about one year. Compensation is provided.
New PARIS Study – Expectant Parents with ADHD
Are you and your partner expecting a child? Have either of you been diagnosed with ADHD or have difficulty paying attention? If so, you, your partner, and your child may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about how babies pay attention to their environment. Participation involves 1 in-person visit and 2 at-home visits. Compensation is provided.