About Participating in Research

Participating in a research study enables you to make an important contribution to our understanding of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also offer an opportunity for evaluation, diagnosis, and possible treatment, depending on the individual and the study.

Many people have questions about the process. Below, we address many of the issues that commonly arise.

Though the nature of each research study varies, all participants complete a screening psychiatric assessment. Beyond this, the required activities differ based on the study itself. We may ask you to fill out questionnaires, take blood tests, perform computer tasks, and experience brain scans.  The length of each study varies. We compensate you for your time.

We have a standard process to see if you are eligible for our studies. We start with a brief online survey and/or a short phone call with a staff member. If your initial responses suggest you may be a good fit for one of our studies, we conduct an in-person visit. After this visit, we will be able to discuss studies for which you may be eligible. 

Once you complete the phone screen, we aim to contact you within three business days to schedule any further screening. After the in-person screening, we may have to wait for test results and additional records to determine your eligibility. We will likely know within a week of the screening visit if you are eligible to participate in a study. 

Some studies use a placebo to test if a treatment works, others do not. If a study administers a placebo, we will tell you about this possibility prior to your participation. You can always choose to withdraw participation at any time.

We are an outpatient program; none of our studies involves an overnight stay.

We are open during regular business hours (e.g., Monday through Friday, 9 – 5 pm), with some flexibility during the work week.

We offer time-limited follow-up consultation to participants in our studies. You can meet with one of our psychiatrists for a consultation about treatment options for a period of time. After the follow-up time, you should coordinate arrangements for longer-term care with your insurance or current health care providers.

Our studies involve treatments in various stages of testing and approval. We work with you to develop an aftercare treatment plan at study exit. This plan may or may not involve continuation of the experimental treatment.

Each study is different. We will tell you about the duration of each study in which you are eligible to participate.

We compensate all study subjects. The amount of compensation depends on the individual study and your level of participation.

Some of our studies don’t require prior diagnosis of a mood disorder. During our screening procedure, we will assess you, and we will use this information to determine whether you are eligible for any of our studies.

It is important to know that you may or may not get any personal benefit from taking part in our research. However, through participating, you make an important contribution to our understanding of the biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Take a brief survey to help us determine if you’re eligible for one of our studies.