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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 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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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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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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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:
1. Are 18-65 years old and female.
2. Have a biological daughter who is between 12 and 16 years of age.

If you are eligible and agree to participate you and your daughter will undergo:
1. Psychiatric Interviews.
2. Electroencephalogram (EEG) assessment to non-invasively measure brain function.
3. Functional MRI scans to non-invasively measure brain function.
4. Survey responses on a cell phone app for a period of 10 days (daughter only).
5. A packet of questionnaires every 6 months over a period of 18 months.

Interested volunteers should have no metal parts in their body and no major medical or neurological illness.
Volunteers taking certain medications that affect the brain may not qualify for the study. Participants should not be pregnant or trying to become pregnant. This study involves a time commitment of approximately 10-11 hours over a total of 2-3 visits.

Families will be compensated up to $279 for their time. All information you give is confidential.

Please call or email for more information:
CALL: 312-413-4470
EMAIL: motherdaughter@uic.edu
ONLINE SURVEY: https://is.gd/MADSsurvey
Please specify that you are calling about the Mother-Daughter Study.

Category Expiration Date
  • Tuesday, June 01, 2021

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 40-65 years old
3.    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.

Interested or have questions? Please call 312-472-6754.

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UIC IRB #2016-1264
Northwestern IRB #: STU00203490

 

Category Expiration Date
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022

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 (888) 686-5591 or e-mail: emotion@uic.edu

Online survey: https://is.gd/CBTSTsurvey

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UIC IRB#2017-0258

Category Expiration Date
  • Sunday, May 31, 2020

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 (888) 686-5591 or e-mail: emotion@uic.edu
Online survey: https://is.gd/CBTSTsurvey

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UIC IRB#2017-0258
 

Category Expiration Date
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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:

  1. Have diagnosed or self-described experience with Depression, and must currently be well or in the remitted state of the illness, OR 
  2. Have no personal or family history of psychiatric illness.  

CARS is a purely observational study not involving any therapy or investigational drugs. CARS involves: 

  1. One or two lab sessions involving a clinical interview with self-report questionnaires; and brief questions regarding personal and family physical health history. These sessions also will involve training on a week-long portion of the study that will involve completing several brief surveys on your phone each day, while wearing a vest under your clothing to measure your heart rate and breathing throughout the day, along with a wrist watch device to measure the quality of your sleep. 
  2. Another lab session involving computer tasks including assessment of heart rate and breathing while watching some videos, and doing some self-report questionnaires.
  3. One functional brain scan using magnetic resonance imaging, along with a urine pregnancy screen (women).
  4. A follow-up interview and questionnaires that will take place by phone and internet one year after your first visit.  

The three in-person visits take place on UIC’s west campus.  All participants should be in good physical health and either be unmedicated or on stable antidepressant or mood stabilizer treatments for 30 days.  Participants will be compensated for participation. 

If you are interested in participating in or learning more, please take our online prescreening survey at https://is.gd/CARStudy to see if you are eligible to participate. If you are eligible, you may be contacted to complete a short phone screening. 

Please contact us at carstudy@uic.edu or call (312) 355-1400 for more information.
 

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UIC IRB #2017-0891

 

Category Expiration Date
  • Friday, May 22, 2020

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:

  • Are 18-30 years old
  • Have experienced a period of depression
  • Have experienced thoughts about suicide or wished you were dead within the past month

PARCS is a purely observational study not involving any therapy or investigational drugs. Participation in the study involves:

  • A clinical interview
  • Completing questionnaires on a computer
  • For 9 days, answering surveys on your cell phone while wearing an athletic shirt under your clothing to measure your heart rate and breathing, and wearing a wrist watch to measure your sleep
  • Watching videos and answering questions while your heart rate and breathing are measured
  • An interview by phone 3 months after starting the study.

The three in-person visits take place on UIC’s west campus. Participants will be compensated up to $220 for their time.
 
If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, follow the link below and take our confidential survey. 

https://is.gd/PARCstudy

For more information, please contact us at PARCstudy@uic.edu or call (312) 355-1400.


Please note -- your responses will not be immediately transmitted to the study coordinators and may not be reviewed immediately. If you are in danger of harming yourself, it is essential that you call 911 in an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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UIC IRB #2019-0327

 

Category Expiration Date
  • Sunday, April 12, 2020