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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.

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


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


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


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:

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