Are you a healthy 18 or 19 year old male who has never had a mood or psychotic disorder? Are your parents also free of mood and psychotic disorders? You and your parent may be able to take part in a research study to help better understand how teens develop mental illness. Compensation provided for teen and parent.
Mood disorders often develop in adolescence and can run in families. The purpose of this research study is to help researchers understand how positive mood and motivation change and develop over time, and to understand how teenagers might develop problems like depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder. Researchers will compare teens who do and do not have a family member with a history of mood or psychotic disorders.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Men aged 18-19
- Parent must be willing to participate as well
- Parent and teen do not have a history of mental illness, and do not have an immediate family member (mother, father, sibling) with a history of mood or psychotic disorders
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
This study involves 3 visits over 3 years, and online questionnaires. Visits include computer tasks, interviews, and an fMRI scan. Parents will complete a brief interview and questionnaires. The fMRI is an imaging technique that measures and maps brain activity. It does not involve radiation and is non-invasive.
IRB:STUDY20050116C - Development of Anhedonia during Adolescence
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Erika E. Forbes, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Forbes is a specialist in the field of depression, especially regarding reward-related brain functioning in adolescents. Her research has been published in a number of leading publications. She has received awards and honors from the University of Pittsburgh, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the National Institute of Health.