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Participate in our studies

Our work focuses on reducing the burden of mood disorders on children, adolescents, adults, and families. Without volunteer research participants, we would not be able to continue this very important research.

We are currently recruiting children 8 to 10 years old, adolescents 14 to 18 years old, and Vanderbilt undergraduate students to participate in our studies. Financial compensation is offered for research participation. If you are interested in participating, we would love to hear from you!

Current Studies: 

Teen and Mom Study

We are conducting a study to examine social behavior in adolescents. Teens ages 14 to 17 years and their mothers (with and without mood disorders) may be eligible to participate. Teens and mothers will complete initial interview and questionnaire assessments. Teens will also complete computer tasks and surveys on their smart phones.

If you are interested in our teen studies, please complete our contact form, call or text 615-450-6606, or email medlabvanderbilt@gmail.com.

Teen Depression Treatment Study 

We are conducting a study to help to improve treatment for teen depression. Teens with symptoms of depression who are ages 14 to 18 years may be eligible to participate. Participants will complete interview and questionnaire assessments, along with computer games. Participants will then be offered an 8-week research-based cognitive behavior therapy group that teaches skills to cope with depression, and will be asked to complete additional assessments during and after treatment.

If you are interested in our teen studies, please complete our contact form, call or text 615-450-6606, or email medlabvanderbilt@gmail.com.

Child Study

We are currently recruiting children 8 to 10 years old for a study examining new methods for assessing social behavior. Parents/guardians and children will be asked to complete questionnaires, and children will be asked to complete computer tasks, as well as surveys on a smart phone provided by the study team. Children can also complete an optional fMRI brain scan.

If you are interested in our child study, call or text 615-450-6606, or email medlabvanderbilt@gmail.com.

Undergraduate Study 

If you are a VU undergraduate student 18 to 22 years old and interested in participating in our research for either pay or course credit, find our “Neurophysiological, Circuit, and Behavioral Measures of Emotion and Social Functioning in Emerging Adults” study on SONA here or here.

For more information about any of our studies, please call or text 615-450-6606 or email us at medlabvanderbilt@gmail.com