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All of our Department of Psychiatry researchers are motivated by the desire to help individuals dealing with depression and other mood disorders.  We are driven by new ways to understand, identify and treat depression. It is this desire to work with people that fuels our passion and it is people who fuel our research.   

Whether you’re an individual who has experienced depression or other mood disorders, or an individual who is touched by the plight of those who have dealt with depression there are ways for you to help. 

What should you know about participating in research:

Before any of our doctors can reach out to the public to ask for your time, effort participation, or images of your brain, they first must have their research approved by an Internal Review Board  (IRB) which is overseen by the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS).  This OPRS is tasked with one goal: ensuring the safety of anyone who might be a part of the research project.  While no study is 100% free from risk, the IRB monitors that any potential risks are minimized and that the benefits of the research outweigh the potential risks. 

For research participants, the benefits are not often easily or quickly identified.  Depending on the research, some individuals may receive free or low-cost treatment for their mood disorder, others simply appreciate knowing that they’ve contributed to the ‘big picture’ of depression.  Some people learn more about their disorder and how to cope with it, while others enjoy being a part of innovative, cutting edge scientific research.  No matter the individual’s experience, our researchers cannot say enough Thank You’s to those who contribute.

  

Below are the list of our current research studies that you can participate.

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. 
 
You may be eligible if you: 
1. Are 18-25 years old 
2. Are a college student in Chicago 
3. Have a body mass index of 25 or greater   
4. Have internet access to use Webex, an audio/video platform
 
The study involves the following within approximately 3 months: 

  1. Participate in 2 virtual assessments which involves completing an interview (lasting 30-40 mins) via Webex and completing surveys (lasting 20 mins) via Qualtrics. Interviews will be audio recorded.
  2. Attend 2 in person visits for height and weight measurement (lasting 5 mins).
  3. Participate in an 8-week virtual healthy lifestyle program (each weekly group sessions lasts 1.5 hours) and a virtual focus group session or the virtual assessment only. 

 
All group sessions, focus group sessions, and assessments will be conducted virtually via Webex and all group sessions will be recorded. 
 
Participation in this study will involve 2 in person visits to the study sites. Students will be compensated up to $30 for their participation. 
 
This program is being provided by Sylvia Herbozo, Ph.D., and her research team. All information you provide is confidential. 
 
For more information, please call (708) 320-8331 or email sherbozoatuic [dot] edu.


UIC IRB # 2019-0892

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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.

We are looking to enroll three types of people: people who are currently depressed, people who were recently depressed but now have an improvement in symptoms, and people who have never been depressed.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Are 60 years old or older
  • Categorize yourself in the currently depressed, recently depressed but now have an improvement in symptoms, or never depressed category
  • Have no other mental health problems, other than anxiety
  • Are able to have an MRI scan

Depending on which category you fit into as a participant, you can be enrolled in either our longitudinal phase or an initial treatment phase plus a longitudinal phase.

  • Participants in the initial treatment phase will be enrolled for 8-20 weeks.
  • Participants in our longitudinal phase will be enrolled for 2 years.


Participants will be compensated for their time.

Please fill out this survey if you are interested in participating: https://redcap.link/rembrandtstudy_uic

If you are unable to fill out the survey or if you would like more information about the study, please contact our REMBRANDT Study Team.
Email: rembrandtatuic [dot] edu
Phone: (312) 996-0711


UIC IRB # 2020-0078
Expires: 08/31/2024

Category Expiration Date
  • Saturday, August 31, 2024

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:

  1. Are 18-45 years old.
  2. Suffer from insomnia.
  3. Have an Apple iPhone

If you are eligible and agree to participate you will undergo:

  1. A psychiatric interview.
  2. Wear a sleep watch weekly.
  3. Weekly clinical assessments.
  4. Four sessions with electroencephalography (EEG) to noninvasively measure brain function.
  5. Four neuropsychological assessments to measure concentration and attention.
  6. Use the BiAffect app to monitor your keyboard patterns in your phone.

Patients who are currently undergoing psychotherapy (talk therapy) or taking certain medications that affect the brain may not qualify for the study. The total time that you will be involved in this study is 8 visits during a 6-week period. You are expected to be in the study for about 13 hours. Volunteers will be compensated for their time.

All information you give is confidential.

For more information, please contact: Phone: (312) 413-4515
Email: emotionatuic [dot] edu
Online survey: https://www.redcap/BiAffect/survey

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UIC IRB#2019-0957

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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:

  1. Are 18-45 years old.
  2. Suffer from depression.
  3. Have an Apple iPhone

If you are eligible and agree to participate you will undergo:

  1. A psychiatric interview.
  2. Wear a sleep watch weekly.
  3. Weekly clinical assessments.
  4. Four sessions with electroencephalography (EEG) to noninvasively measure brain function.
  5. Four neuropsychological assessments to measure concentration and attention.
  6. Use the BiAffect app to monitor your keyboard patterns in your phone.

Patients who are currently undergoing psychotherapy (talk therapy) or taking certain medications that affect the brain may not qualify for the study. The total time that you will be involved in this study is 8 visits during a 6-week period. You are expected to be in the study for about 13 hours. Volunteers will be compensated for their time.

All information you give is confidential.

For more information, please contact: Phone: (312) 413-4515
Email: emotionatuic [dot] edu
Online survey: https://www.redcap/BiAffect/survey

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UIC IRB#2019-0957

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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:

  1. Feeling down, depressed, or overwhelmed
  2. Interested in psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  3. 18 to 65 years old 
  4. Not currently taking psychotropic (e.g., antidepressant) medication

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to:

  1. Complete a psychiatric interview
  2. Three functional MRI scans to non-invasively measure brain function
  3. Three sessions with electroencephalography (EEG) to non-invasively measure brain function
  4. Twelve weeks of standard treatment with talk therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) OR twelve weeks of Supportive Therapy

Participants will be paid for their participation.

The total time that you will be involved in this study is 22 visits. 21 of the 22 visits will occur during a 15-week period. You will also be asked to complete questionnaires at a 6-month follow up visit. You are expected to be in the study for about 35 hours. All information you give is confidential.

Interested or have questions? Please call (312) 413-4515
E-mail: emotionatuic [dot] edu
Online survey: https://is.gd/CBTSTsurvey

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UIC IRB#2017-0258
 

Category Expiration Date
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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.

You may be eligible if you are:

  1. Female
  2. Aged 40-70 years old
  3. Postmenopausal
  4. Have moderate to severe hot flashes

If you decide to participate you will be asked to:

  1. Come for 5 visits over 7 months at Northwestern Medicine in downtown Chicago
  2. Maintain a hot flash diary for 7 months
  3. Complete quality of life questionnaires
  4. Receive a non-hormonal intervention utilizing a numbing injection

Participants will be paid for their participation.

Please visit our website at Northwestern Medicine: https://nm.org/hotflash  
Interested? See if you qualify: https://is.gd/hotflashstudy

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UIC IRB #2016-1264
Northwestern IRB #: STU00203490

 

Category Expiration Date
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022

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.

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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.

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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.

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