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

Study Detail

Do you have a child between the ages of 10 and 17 who has Tourette’s Disorder, Persistent Motor Tic Disorder, Persistent Vocal Tic Disorder, OR does not have any current or lifetime history of psychiatric disorders? If so, you and your child 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 children who have Tourette’s, Persistent Motor, Tic, and Persistent Vocal Tic Disorders as well as healthy controls.

  • Procedures for 10 to 17-year-old children with tic disorders and healthy controls involve:
    • An initial eligibility evaluation
    • 7 days of sleep and activity monitoring using a sleep watch and diary
    • A return visit to assess tics and melatonin onset
    • Cash payment of $150 for completion of all procedures

  • Additional procedures for 13 to 17-year-old children with tic disorder 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 $150 for completion of all procedures

*Children with tic disorders under the age of 13 will not undergo the additional procedures for tic disorder participation.

For more information please contact:
Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.
(310) 825-2701