Are you 18-19 years old and currently attending high school? If so, you and your parent may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about how sleep impacts teenagers’ moods. Some teens may also be asked to take part in an optional study following the initial part of the study. Compensation provided.
Sleep problems are common in teens and can have a negative impact on their emotional well-being. The purpose of this study is to examine how sleep patterns in teenagers affect brain systems related to mood. Researchers also want to find out if improving sleep can change brain function and mood.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- 18-19 years old
- Currently attending high school (grades 9-12)
- No personal history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
- Parent must also participate
- Parent has no history of an emotional or behavioral diagnosis OR parent has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Study participation involves at least 2 visits. During the first visit, you and a parent will be asked to complete questionnaires. You will also be asked to answer questions about your daily sleep patterns and to wear an activity watch for 2 weeks following the first visit. During the second visit, you and a parent will complete questionnaires. You also be asked to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan for 1 hour while completing tasks. MRI scans are not invasive and do not involve radiation. If asked to participate in the optional study, you will be asked to keep a regular sleep schedule (go to bed and wake up at the same time every day) for 2 weeks, answer questions about sleep patterns, and wear an activity watch. Both you and a parent will also return for an additional visit that includes an MRI scan and questionnaires.
IRB: STUDY19050314B- The Brain, Emotion, and Sleep in Teens Study
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Adriane M. Soehner, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Soehner’s research investigates the role of sleep in brain development and psychiatric illness.