Curing Your
Child's Depression
A University of Pittsburgh research study to develop new treatments for Adolescent Depression.
Pittsburgh, PA
Compensation Provided
Currently Depressed Child
Not Currently Taking
Antidepressant Medication
12 - 17 Years Old
Fast Facts
About this research study:
More than 20% of teens will experience depression, a serious mood disorder that typically causes feelings of intense sadness, lowered interest in activities, academic problems, and withdrawal from others.
Are you a depressed 12-17 year old child or a parent of a child 12-17 years old who is depressed? If so, you and your child may be able to help further research by participating in a study to examine brain and behavior changes in adolescents with depression.

The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about brain and behavior changes with varying mood states. Researchers hope their findings will lead to more personalized treatments for depression in the future.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of this study is to help reduce adolescent depression. Researchers are curious to learn about the brain and behavior changes with varying mood states. University of Pittsburgh researchers hope their findings will lead to more personalized treatments for depression in the future.
Is this study for me?
If you or your child is suffering from depression, this study could be for you. Below are some of the criteria that we will use to assess your eligibility to participate.

Criteria:
  • Ages 12-17
  • Currently depressed
  • Not currently taking any medication to treat depression
  • No non-removable metal in the body (dental fillings are OK)
What will happen if I participate in the study?
You will conduct a set of activities over a number of visits. Most of the visits can be done from the comfort of your home if you'd like.

Those activities include:
  • Interviews, questionnaires, and computer tasks to measure thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • An fMRI scan measuring your child's brain activity
  • Two-week at-home assessments, which include short daily questionnaires and a wrist-worn device
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Compensation will be provided for participation in this study.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in the study.