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Current Studies

Relationship and Skill Building Intervention for Parents of Depressed Teens

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a study to develop a relationship and skill building program for parents of depressed teens (age 12-18). Parents will come in for 8 skill building sessions over the course of 10 weeks to learn approaches for supporting their adolescent’s recovery. Parents and teens will then complete assessments at baseline, week 5, week 10, and 2 months post intervention. Participation in the study takes about 1 hour per visit. Parents will be paid $30-$40 dollars per assessment depending on the time point. Teens will be paid $10 per assessment. The study takes place at the University of Minnesota and families will receive reduced rate parking. If you and your adolescent are interested in learning more about the study, you can call 612-626-7065.

Adolescent Mood Disorders Study

We are recruiting children and adolescents (aged 13-18 years old) who have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, bipolar spectrum disorder, or mood disorder not otherwise specified. Participants will have a diagnostic interview, fill out questionnaires, complete cognitive tests, provide saliva samples before and after giving a short speech. Study activities also include a brain MRI and a blood draw. We also need healthy adolescents with no mental health diagnoses to act as a comparison group. All participants will be provided with feedback and will receive payment. Call 612-626-8534 to learn more about our study!
http://umnteenresearch.com/mood-disorders.htm

Ketamine for Adolescent Treatment-Resistant Depression

We are seeking adolescents (age 12-18 years) with depression that has not improved with at least 2 medications to participate in a research study at the University of Minnesota. Study activities include clinical interviews, 6 infusions of an experimental drug called Ketamine over 2 weeks, brain MRI scans and blood draws. For more information and to find out if you or your child would qualify for our study, please call 612-626-8534.
http://umnteenresearch.com/ketamine.htm

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for Adolescent Treatment-Resistant Depression

We are seeking adolescents (age 12-18 years) with depression that has not improved with at least 1 medication to participate in a research study at the University of Minnesota. Study activities include clinical interviews, 20 sessions (5 days/week, ~20 minutes/day) of either repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) or sham, and 2 brain MRI scans. After the 20 sessions, all participants will be told if they had gotten active rTMS or sham, and will have the option of participating in a second phase to receive active rTMS (no sham). For more information and to find out if you or your child would qualify for our study, please call 612-626-8534.
http://umnteenresearch.com/tms.htm

Adolescent DBT and Self-Harm Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are currently conducting a research study to compare brain differences in adolescents who self-harm and those who do not. We are currently recruiting teens aged 12-17 who are medically and psychiatrically healthy as well as teens who engage in self-harm and who are planning to begin DBT treatment or who have recently begun DBT treatment. Participants will complete questionnaires, computer tasks, and an fMRI scan (a safe, non-invasive way to take pictures of the brain.) Some people will be invited back for another assessment. Individuals with braces or other non-removable metal objects are not eligible for participation. To see if your child is eligible, contact 612-888-5669

Adolescent Problem Solving

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a study to develop a measure of adolescents’ interpersonal problem-solving. Both depressed and healthy teens, ages 12-18, will be asked to watch vignettes, give feedback and solutions to common teenage problems. Participation in the study takes about 2 hours and teens will receive $50. The study takes place at the University of Minnesota and families will be reimbursed for parking. If you and your adolescent are interested in learning more about the study, you can call 612-626-7065. http://teendepressionstudy.org/participate-in-a-study.htm