Mood Problems Study for Youth

Our colleague at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is currently recruiting youth 12-18 for a study on mood problems:

The study is investigating how neural markers associated with emotional processing are related to symptom presentation over time. Inclusion criteria include any 12-18 year olds with a primary mood problem (does not have to meet diagnosis, but must have mood issues as a major part of the presenting situation). The study has 3 primary components (initial visit, plus 2 phone follow-ups):

  1. Visit to UCLA: This visit includes an interview with parent and teen, questionnaires, and computer tasks.  During the computer tasks, an EEG (to measure brain waves) will be completed.  The EEG is not painful and involves wearing a cap on the head (like a swim cap) and getting gel in the hair.  The teen can earn up to $60 for this session.  Your teen is guaranteed $30, but can win the additional $30 based on performance on some of the computer tasks.  Parking is validated.  The study takes approximately 3-hours.
  2. 3-month and 6-month follow-ups: After 3-months and 6-months we will call and do a brief interview about mood symptoms with parent and teen.  Participants will also be sent an email link to complete some questionnaires.  This should take <1 hour and does not involve needing to come in to UCLA.  The teen will earn $25 (at 3-months) and $35 (at 6-months).

For more information call: Alissa Ellis, Ph.D., Principal Investigator at 310.825.0118

See the flyer below for more information!