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STUDY BASICS

Do you have a child between the ages of 11 and 13? Have you been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and/or bipolar disorder? You and your child may be able to participate in a study to compare the effects of a mindfulness intervention versus a health and wellness intervention on emotions and mood in children and adolescents with a family risk for mood disorder.


STUDY PURPOSE

Many children and teens experience mood swings. The purpose of this research study is to better understand how well a mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) works compared to a health and wellness intervention (HWI) among children and adolescents at family risk for mood disorders. MBI will focus on practices to become more aware and accepting of thoughts and feelings in the present moment. HWI will focus on important topics such as sleep health, nutrition, and importance of social support. 


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation involves psychiatric assessments, questionnaires, and MRI brain scans.  Your child will also participate in 8-weeks of in-person group-based interventions in Oakland and Shadyside. During a 9-month follow-up appointment, you and your child will complete additional questionnaires and assessments.


IRB: STUDY21110115B
- Brain, Emotions, and Mind-Wandering Study

RESEARCH AREAS:
  Healthy Child


PHONE NUMBER: 1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Danella Hafeman

Danella M. Hafeman, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hafeman’s research focuses on youth with and at-risk for bipolar disorder. She is interested in understanding clinical and neural mechanisms of risk and resilience, with the goal of eventually preventing mood disorders in these youth. Clinically, she works as a child psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services clinic, where she evaluates and treats youth with and at-risk for bipolar disorder.




MEET THE COORDINATOR


Jamie Feldman

Jamie A. Feldman, BA, is the Research Coordinator for Dr. Hafeman’s studies at the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services clinic. She received her BA in Psychology from Dickinson College. She has a background in clinical psychology as well as experience working with children and families across multiple settings.