Adult: Circadian Rhythms and Light Therapy in Tourette’s Disorder

Study Detail

Are you between the ages of 22 and 50? Do you have Tourette’s Disorder, Persistent Motor Tic Disorder, Persistent Vocal Tic Disorder, OR do not have any current or lifetime history of psychiatric disorders? If so, you may be eligible for this research study under the UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program.

We are conducting research to learn more about circadian rhythms, sleep, and light therapy in adults who have Tourette’s, Persistent Motor, Tic, and Persistent Vocal Tic Disorders as well as healthy controls.

  • Procedures for ALL participants involve:
    • An initial eligibility evaluation
    • 7 days of sleep and activity monitoring using a sleep watch and form
    • A return visit to assess tics and melatonin onset
    • Cash payment of $200 for completion of all procedures

  • Additional procedures for adults with tic disorders involve:
    • 2 weeks of light therapy using a portable, wearable device, and continued symptom monitoring
    • A final re-assessment of tics and melatonin onset
    • Additional cash payment of $200 for completion of all procedures for a total of $400

*Healthy controls will not will not undergo the additional procedures for tic disorder participation.

For more information please contact:
Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.
ERicketts@mednet.ucla.edu
(310) 825-2701