Pittsburgh Sleep in Teens Study
Join a compensated research study at the University of Pittsburgh examining the relationship between sleep and mood in teens and preteens.
How is your teen sleeping?
Your child may be eligible to participate in a research study examining the relationship between sleep and mood.
Participant is emotionally and physically healthy, without braces or permanent retainer

Between the ages of 11.5-15 and currently in 7th to 9th grade

Compensation is provided
Visits conducted in Pittsburgh, PA
Study Background
Researchers are studying how sleep affects mood in teenagers and preteens.

Teenagers and preteens are notorious for not getting enough sleep. Sleep loss increases the risk of depression, suicide, substance use, car crashes, and poor academic functioning.

Sleep loss is rampant and worsens across adolescence with 44% of high school students reporting less than 6 hours of sleep on school nights when 8+ hours is recommended.

Join our study to learn more about how teens and preteens are affected by sleep.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between sleep and mood in teens and preteens.

Is this study for my family?
You or your child may qualify to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • You or your child is between the ages of 11.5-15
  • You or your child is emotionally and physically healthy
  • You or your child is currently in 7th-9th grade
  • You or your child does not have braces or a permanent retainer
What will happen if my family participates in this study?
During our study, over a 4 year period, your child will be asked to complete questionnaires, computer tasks at annual lab visits, at-home sleep assessments, and two fMRI scans to look at brain activity.

This research study does NOT involve any treatments or medications. Sleep is measured at home (no overnight visits).
Will my family be paid for being in this research study?
Families will be compensated up to $1040 for their participation in our study.
Will it cost my family anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for your family to participate in our research program.