About Remote Research
Remote studies are research studies that do not require any in-person visits and can instead be completed from your home or another convenient location. Although some remote studies may be done by phone or mail, many require that participants take part online using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device. Studies that can be done remotely may include online or paper surveys, video visits, apps, and study materials delivered by mail.
MYTH Youth Collaborative
Are you the parent of a teen 13-17 years old? Your child may be eligible to participate in a research study to elicit youth knowledge and perceptions about youth-oriented social media platforms and emerging nicotine and tobacco products. Members of the Youth Collaborative will be scientific partners in the study who will assist in designing both a survey and informational materials.
Are you the parent or guardian of a 12-17 year old? You and your child may be eligible for a research study to improve coping and reduce mental health impacts of negative online interactions. Compensation is provided.
Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Youth PrEP Study- Adolescent Arm
Are you the parent/caregiver of a 14-17 year old? Do they identify as transgender, gay, or bisexual? You and your child may be eligible for a research study to examine the perspectives on PrEP for HIV. Compensation is provided.
SPP Qualitative - Adolescent Arm
Does your adolescent have depression? Are they between ages 12-17? You and your child may be eligible for a research study developing an intervention to help adolescents get more sleep.
Racial Disparities in Involuntary Commitments of Young Adults – Ages 15-17
Are you the parent of someone who has been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital as a minor in Allegheny County, PA? You and your child may be eligible for a research study to better understand what happens to young people when they experience an involuntary psychiatric commitment. Compensation is provided.
Are you the parent of a teen who has experienced negative online social interactions (e.g., mean comments, exclusion, or bullying online) in the past year and suicidal thoughts or behavior in their lifetime? If so, your child may be able to participate in a research study to help test an intervention to reduce the impact of online negativity and prevent suicide risk. Compensation is provided.
RAM Study – Ages 16-17
Are you the parent of a 16-17 year old? Your child may be able to 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.
SOVA Study for Adolescents
Do you have a child age 14-17 who is currently experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, or has in the past? If so, your child may be able to help researchers build an online peer support community for depressed and anxious teens. This research study is done entirely online.
Social Media Assessment of Risk in Teens 2 (SMART2) Study– Suicide Attempt
Is your child between the ages of 10-17? Has your child had a suicide attempt? You and your child may be able to participate in a study that aims to learn more about how social media use affects youth mental health.
PROMPT-BD - Teen 14-17
Are you the parent of a teen 14 -17 years old with bipolar disorder? Your teen may be eligible for a research study that assesses sleep and activity in teens and young adults with bipolar disorder in order to predict a mood recurrence. Compensation provided.
Pittsburgh Vaccine Clinical Trial Unit Registry – Children Aged Birth-17
Are you the parent of a child under 18 years of age? If so, you can sign your child up for the Pittsburgh Vaccine Clinical Trial Unit Registry—a group of people who agree to be contacted when a new vaccine is ready to be tested. Consent to participate in this research study can be done online. Compensation provided if a blood sample is collected.
Urinary Microbiome in Children
Are you the mother of a newborn (up to 6 months of age)? You may be able to participate in a study to help a research team look at the bacteria found in the urinary tract and stool. This study involves collecting up to 7 urine and stool samples over up to 12 months. Study visits take place remotely via phone or video conference. Compensation is provided.
Mental Health Literacy Survey – 14-17-year-olds
Are you the parent of a 14-17-year-old who is Black/African American? Your child 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 your child completing up to 2 online surveys. Compensation is provided.
KEYSTUDY – Children Ages 12-17
Does your child ages 12-17 have a parent with bipolar disorder? You and your child may be able to participate in a research study focused on early intervention for children who are at risk of developing mental health disorders due to their family history. This study involves assessments, interviews, and online sessions with a study therapist. Compensation provided/no in-person visits required.
Circadian Rhythms, Reward, & Sleep, (CARRS) Research Study
Are you the parent of a teen aged 13-15? Your child may be able to participate in a research study to help understand how sleep timing and duration affects teens’ thinking, mood, and behavior. This study involves one to two overnight visits in the SBNC sleep lab including an fMRI scan at the MRRC in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Compensation is provided.
EASY Research Study – Children Aged 12-17
Are you the parent of a 12-17 year old who has recently accessed emergency or crisis services for a behavioral health issue? If so, you and your child may be able to take part in a research study to help better understand how to assess mood, behaviors, and suicide risk in young people. This study involves four online or phone sessions over about one year. Compensation is provided.
“Log on” Baby Development Research Study
Are you the parent of a child who is 0-24 months old? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand how babies develop. Involves online video calls and online questionnaire completion in your home. You will be invited to participate with your child for up to 7 observation windows (30 minutes each), but you may complete fewer.