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Pitt+Me TAPAS Study – Teens Aged 13-15


STUDY BASICS

Are you the parent of a healthy teenager aged 13-15? If so, you and your child may be eligible to participate in a research study to help develop and test a program to improve teen sleep. Compensation is provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Most teenagers do not get enough sleep—a problem that can lead to mental and physical health problems, poor school performance, and an increased risk of developing substance use disorders. Programs aimed at improving teen sleep exist, but are not always convenient or effective.

The purpose of this study is to have teens and parents participate in and provide feedback about a sleep treatment program that is currently being developed and tested. Researchers hope their findings will help to improve the effectiveness and ease-of-use of the program, and will improve teen sleep in the future.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?

•    Healthy teenagers ages 13-15
•    No medical condition known to impact sleep
•    No medication use known to impact sleep
•    Regular access to a smartphone (this can be the parent’s phone, as long as the teen can use it to complete assessments regularly)
•    Not pregnant
•    Parent must also agree to participate


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation involves three visits over about two months. Parents and teens will be asked to watch a 2-minute video about sleep, complete assessments about the teen’s sleep, and meet with a clinician to discuss the teen’s sleep. Teens will also complete a sleep diary on a smartphone, set sleep goals, and have other assessments.


IRB:
  PRO15110490A - Stakeholder-guided sleep promotion program development

RESEARCH AREAS:
  Healthy Child


Age Range
AGE:   13 - 15

Duration DURATION:  About 2 months
VISITS:  3 visits

Location LOCATION: 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh or UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute
Compensation COMPENSATION: 
Yes
Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Jessica Levenson

Jessica C. Levenson, Phd, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Levenson's research interests focus on designing and evaluating interventions for adolescents that enhance sleep health specifically to promote mental and physical health broadly. She uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to developing stakeholder-informed interventions that are likely to be effective, adopted, and implemented. Dr. Levenson's work also explores the role of disturbed sleep in the onset and course of depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Levenson is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests focus primarily on the treatment of mood disorders and sleep disorders.




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