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The UIC Department of Psychiatry is dedicated to provide excellence in psychiatric research that includes basic neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, health services, and interventions.

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Epigenome Editing Decreases Alcohol Seeking and Anxiety in Rats

More than 15 million people worldwide struggle with alcohol use disorder, a chronic relapsing condit...

Gene editing could reverse anxiety and alcohol-use disorder

KEY TAKEAWAYS Exposure to alcohol during adolescence can leave a person vulnerable to a lifetime of ...

A ‘factory reset’ for the brain cures anxiety, drinking behavior

“Early binge drinking can have long-lasting and significant effects on the brain and the results of ...

In January, Dr. Dana Rusch submitted a public comment to the Federal Registrar…

In January, Dr. Dana Rusch submitted a public comment to the Federal Registrar with data-driven poli...

Dr. Dana Rusch’s first authored article was acknowledged as one of the top…

Dr. Dana Rusch’s first authored article was acknowledged as one of the top cited articles between Ja...

Dr. Brittany Rudd was invited to present during a special panel on…

Dr. Brittany Rudd was invited to present during a special panel on implementation science at the Mid...

Dr. Brittany Rudd, in collaboration with Margaret Wardle, was awarded a CCTS…

Dr. Brittany Rudd, in collaboration with Margaret Wardle, was awarded a CCTS pilot grant to design a...

Dr. Brittany Rudd received the Best Implementation Science Presentation (Second…

Dr. Brittany Rudd received the Best Implementation Science Presentation (Second Place) award at the ...

Dr. Judith Cook’s Center and the UIC Center on Excellence in Developmental…

Dr. Judith Cook’s Center and the UIC Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities received a 5...

Dr. Judith Cook, Jessica Jonikas & Dr. Lisa Razzano were invited to speak…

In the 'State of the Science Research Meeting on Improving Outcomes for Adolescents and Young Adults...


Check out these training opportunities.

Depressed Adults Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Heide Klumpp (PhD) at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on depression. In this study, we are testing to see what behavior and brain function can tell us about treatment success in depression using a standard psychotherapy (talk therapy) treatment for depression disorders.

Anxious Adults Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Heide Klumpp (PhD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on anxiety.

Individuals Who Have Cut Down or Stopped Drinking Alcohol Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Stephanie Gorka at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study involving young adults ages 21-30 who recently quit drinking or cut down their alcohol use.

Individuals Who Regularly Drink Alcohol Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Stephanie Gorka at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study involving young adults ages 21-30 who regularly drink alcohol. In this study, we are looking at how different patterns of drinking relate to brain function and psychophysiology.

Mothers with a History of Feeling Sad or Down Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Katie Burkhouse (Ph.D.) at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on mothers, ages 18-65, and their daughters, ages 12-16. In this study, we are looking at brain responses to emotional information among mothers and their daughters.

Are you a Healthy Female who Currently Takes Birth Control? Are you interested in volunteering for research?

Dr. Mohammed Milad of the Psychiatry Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study to investigate the neural mechanisms of emotional learning and memory.

Healthy Adults Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Mohammed Milad of the Psychiatry Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study to investigate the neural mechanisms of emotional learning and memory.

Young Adults, 17-19 years old, Needed for a Research Study

Dr. Stephanie Gorka at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study involving young adults ages 17-19. In this study, we are looking at how brain function and psychophysiology relate to behavior over the next 1-2 years.

Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial of Self-Directed Care for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities

We are currently recruiting participants for a study of mental health self-directed care in the Jacksonville-Daytona, Florida area. For information, contact Katie Kessler or Sarah Davidson at Lutheran Services Florida (813-875-1408).

Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery (NEW-R)

We are currently recruiting participants for a study of a new weight management program for people with mental health challenges in Chicago, Illinois. For information, contact Marie Hamilton (312-413-0371) at UIC.

Illinois Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Initiative

We are currently recruiting participants for an evaluation of supported employment services for people with psychiatric disabilities in Chicago, Illinois. For information, contact Pam Steigman (312-413-80) at UIC.

Developing a Model to Promote Health and Recovery after Medical Hospitalizations

We’re getting ready to start recruiting participants for a study of successful discharge from the hospital following treatment for a medical condition in Chicago, Illinois. Check back soon for the start of recruitment.

Evaluation of Self-Directed Career Accounts on Vocational Outcomes of Supported Employment Recipients

In the coming year, we’ll be recruiting participants for a study of career financial accounts that are accessible to vocational rehabilitation clients in Chicago, Illinois. Check back in early 2018 for the start of recruitment.

Pregnant Women receiving prenatal care at UI Health

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are studying factors that affect a woman's mental and emotional health during pregnancy. For more information, click the flyer below:

Effects of Psychoactive drugs on mood and behavior - do not publish

At the UIC HAPPY Lab, we conduct research studies examining the effects of commonly used psychoactive drugs on mood and behavior. All of our studies are compensated. If you are:

Effects of Psychoactive drugs on mood and behavior

Our research studies examine the effects of commonly used psychoactive drugs on mood and behavior. All of our studies are compensated. If you:

Mothers and their Daughters Needed for Research Study

Dr. Katie Burkhouse (Ph.D.) at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study on mothers and their daughters. In this study, we are looking at brain responses to emotional information among mothers and their daughters. The study hopes to learn how mothers’ and their daughter’s moods can affect each other. You may be eligible if you:

Participants needed for Hot Flash research study

Dr. Pauline Maki, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Chicago, with Dr. David Walega, MD, MSCI at Northwestern Medicine, is conducting a research study to investigate hot flashes.

Research study looking at the effect of thyroid hormone on brain structure

Dr. Olusola Ajilore (M.D/Ph.D.) at The University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study looking at the effect of thyroid hormone on brain structure.

Adults with depression needed for talk therapy study

Dr. Heide Klumpp, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study to investigate mechanisms of talk therapy for depression. You may be eligible if you are:

Participants needed for Depression research study

Dr. Heide Klumpp, Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a research study to investigate mechanisms of talk therapy for depression. You may be eligible if you are:

Adults with bothersome anxiety, worry and/or depressed mood needed for research study!

The UIC Department of Psychiatry is looking for subjects with bothersome anxiety, worry and/or depressed mood for a UIC research study on the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on controlling emotions. You may be eligible if you:

Healthy adults needed for study of affect regulation

Dr. Jonathan Stange at The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting men and women between the ages of 18-30 for a study entitled The Cognition and Affect Regulation Study (CARS) (IRB #2017-0891).   Participants must either:

Participants needed for study of suicidal thinking

Dr. Jonathan Stange at The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting men and women between the ages of 18-30 for a study entitled The Proximal Affect Regulation and Cognition Study (PARCS) (IRB #2019-0327). You may be eligible to participate if you:

Participants needed for Depression iPhone app study

Dr. Heide Klumpp (PhD) and Dr. Alex Leow (PhD) at The University of Illinois at Chicago are conducting a research study on depression. This study is testing sleep measures (collected with a sleep watch) and digital behaviors (collected by using the “BiAffect” app) to predict and monitor mood symptoms and thinking patterns over time. You may be eligible to participate if you:

Participants needed for Insomnia iPhone app study

Dr. Heide Klumpp (PhD) and Dr. Alex Leow (PhD) at The University of Illinois at Chicago are conducting a research study on insomnia. This study is testing sleep measures (collected with a sleep watch) and digital behaviors (collected by using the “BiAffect” app) to predict and monitor mood symptoms and thinking patterns over time. You may be eligible to participate if you:

Participants needed for paid study on the biology of depression and suicide risk

The CLEAR Lab at UIC is seeking participants for a paid research study on the biology of stress, depression, and suicide risk. We aim to make our study as inclusive as possible by recruiting participants of all ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. If you think you know someone who may be interested in our study, please feel free to forward this message.

Adults Age 60 or Older Needed for Paid Research Study!

This study is examining why people experience another episode of depression after successful treatment. We hope to determine what clinical, social, and biological factors predict future depressive episodes or may be warning signs of the return of depression.

Healthy Lifestyle Program for College Students

Are you interested in a virtual healthy lifestyle program? We are conducting a research study examining a virtual healthy lifestyle program – Enhanced Project Health – at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan (V-WRAP)

We will recruit from our participating study sites for this randomized controlled trial study.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Blended Telehealth Patient Navigation

We will recruit from our participating study sites for this randomized controlled trial study.

Testing an Intervention to Promote Financial Wellness Among Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities

We are recruiting from our participating study sites for this randomized controlled trial study.

Pivot Toward Wellness: Impact of Disrupted Life Transitions on Young Adults’ Health Status & Well-Being

We are recruiting from the networks of our study collaborators.

Healthy ReStart: National Web Survey on the Status of Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities, Intervention Development, & Pilot RCT

We are recruiting from our participating study sites for the pilot randomized controlled trial study.

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