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Pitt+Me The BRITE Study – Healthy Mothers & Children


STUDY BASICS

Are you the birth mother of a child aged 1-3? If so, you and your child may be able to participate in a study to help researchers 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?

•    Children ages 1-3 years old
•    Mother is biological mother, age 21 to 45
•    Mother has no history of psychiatric disorders
•    Child is healthy and typically developing (reaching their growth and developmental milestones)


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation involves an initial phone interview with the study team to find out if the mother and child are eligible, followed by 6-7 in-person visits for qualified participants. Each in-person visit takes about 1-2 hours.

During the first visit each year, mothers will complete interviews and questionnaires. During the second visit each year, the participant and their child will wear a head cap called NIRS that measures brain response while playing together. This visit will be video recorded for research purposes. If the child is 5 years old in the third year, he or she will also undergo fMRI scanning. Both NIRS and fMRI are painless, non-invasive tests.


IRB:
  STUDY19050043C - Brain-Behavior Synchrony in Depressed Mothers and Very Young Children

RESEARCH AREAS:
  Healthy Child


Age Range
AGE:   1 - 3

Duration DURATION:  3 years
VISITS:  6-7 visits

Location LOCATION: 
Loeffler Building and Presbyterian Hospital - Oakland
Compensation COMPENSATION: 
Yes
Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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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 COORDINATOR


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.




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