The BRITE Study – 9-12 Month Old Infants with Healthy Mothers


STUDY BASICS

Are you the birth mother of a child who is 9-12 months old? If so, you and your child may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand how mothers and their young children respond to each other while playing. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Depression is a serious illness that affects more than 1 in 20 Americans. Symptoms of depression include feeling sad or hopeless, feeling tired or not having energy, changes in appetite or activity, and thoughts of death or suicide.

The purpose of this study is to help researchers better understand how depressed mothers and their young children respond to each other while playing. Researchers will study mothers with and without depression, and hope their findings will lead to better ways to prevent depression in children with a family history of mood disorders.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?

•    Infant is 9-12 months old
•    Infant is healthy and typically developing (reaching their growth and developmental milestones
•    Mother is biological mother
•    Mother has no history of psychiatric disorders


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation involves an initial phone interview with the study team to find out if you and your child are eligible, followed by 6 in-person visits over 3 years for qualified participants. Each visit takes about 1-2 hours.

Once per year, you and your child will wear a head cap that measures brain response while playing together. The visit will be video recorded for research purposes. Participants will also complete interviews and questionnaires.


IRB:
  PRO17050576G - Brain-Behavior Synchrony in Depressed Mothers and Very Young Children

RESEARCH AREAS:
  Healthy Child

RELATED STUDIES

The BRITE Study – Depressed Mothers [Adult] (PRO17050576A)
The BRITE Study – Children Ages 1-3 with Depressed Mothers [Pediatric] (PRO17050576B)
The BRITE Study – Healthy Mothers & Children [Pediatric] (PRO17050576C)
The BRITE Study – Healthy Volunteers [Adult] (PRO17050576D)
The BRITE Study – Depressed Mothers of 9-12 Month Old Infants [Adult] (PRO17050576E)
The BRITE Study – Infants 9-12 Months Old with Depressed Mothers [Pediatric] (PRO17050576F)
The BRITE Study – Healthy Mothers of 9-12 Month Old Infants [Adult] (PRO17050576H)


Age Range
AGE:   0 - 1

Duration DURATION:  3 years
VISITS:  6 visits

Location LOCATION: 
Loeffler Building - Oakland

Compensation COMPENSATION: 
Yes
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Judith Morgan

Judith Morgan, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan specializes in child and adolescent psychology. Her particular specialty is understanding how emotional and social development in childhood can influence the risk for depression.




MEET THE COORDINATORS


Britt Holdaway-Kenney

Britt Holdaway, MSW, LSW, is a Research Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and the University of Buffalo. She works on several studies involving child and adolescent brain development and the biological and social risk factors for depression.




Allison Hoffman

Allison Hoffman, MSc, is a Research Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a graduate of Penn State University and The University of Edinburgh. She works on several clinical neuroimaging studies focusing on emotional and social development of young children and risk factors for depression.





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