Assault as a Teen &
Depression Study
Join a compensated research program at McLean Hospital studying the effect that prior abuse or an assault as a teen might have on your depression
McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA
Past Abuse or an Assault as a Teen
Right-Handed Women
20 - 32 Years Old
Fast Facts
About this research study:
McLean Hospital researchers are conducting a research study to understand how abusive experiences and depression affect brain activity in women.
You are not alone in your past abusive experiences. Over 10 million people experience abuse every year and this often leads to psychiatric problems such as depression.

We believe that based on certain elements during your experiences, there are different areas of your brain that are affected which may impair your everyday functions. Our study will investigate the affects in women who experience past abuse and current depression. We hope to identify ways to predict how abusive experiences will affect your brain.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
McLean Hospital researchers are conducting a research study to understand how abuse and depression affect brain activity in women.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • Are a female
  • Are between the ages of 20 and 32
  • Are right-handed
  • Not currently taking any medication for your condition
What will happen if I participate in the study?
This is a one-year study with four sessions, for clinical assessment, MRI scanning, 6-month follow-up, and 12-month follow-up.

The Assessment visit will include informed consent procedure, a clinical assessment using a structured interview and clinical scales, and administration of several self-report questionnaires.

The Scanning visit will involve tests for drug use and pregnancy, an MRI Safety assessment, a pre- and post-stress blood draw, an MRI and MRS scan, and additional self-report questionnaires.

Two Follow-up visits will be conducted, at 6 months and 12 months after the scanning visit.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
You may earn up to $665 for completing all study-related visits.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in our research program.