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Invitation to Participate in a Research Study on Cognitive Emotional Development in Adolescents (CEDA)

Funded by the National Institutes of Health
If you have a son or daughter between the ages of 10-16, he or she may qualify for a research study at the UW Department of Psychiatry. This study will examine brain function and other biological changes in healthy youth, as well as youth with anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Some participants may also have a history of trauma. We are looking for 10-16 year olds and their parent/guardian to participate in this research. Study activities include a clinical interview, MRI brain scan, questionnaires, and biological samples. This study does not involve any radiation, medication, or needles. Youth who have metal in their bodies, including braces, are not eligible to participate.

  • Your child will receive up to $1,030 for participation in all research activities over three years.
  • Click to complete an online screening form. If you complete the full web screen, you will have the option to receive a $10 e-gift card.

Learn more and Complete an Online Screening

Why are we doing this study?

The ability to identify and control our emotions is such an important skill in life. Adolescence is a time when the brain circuits regulating our emotions begin to strengthen. However, adolescence is also a time when a number of mental illnesses can arise in youth, including anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD. We also know that having a history of significant adversity in one’s life can increase risk for developing one of these mental illnesses. But, we don’t know enough about how brain development is different in kids who have anxiety and depression, nor how childhood adversity might affect adolescent brain development. If we can better understand brain development in this critical phase of life, then hopefully we can develop better preventions and treatments down the road to help kids at risk for mental illness. We are looking for kids to help us out and participate in this three-year study to answer these questions. Specifically, we need healthy kids with no history of mental illness, as well as kids with anxiety, depression, or PTSD between the ages of 10-16. Please note that your child is not eligible if he/she is taking a medication for mental health problems, or if he/she has braces. If you would like to learn more, please click the banner below, or contact us by email or phone with specific questions. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! —The BRAVE Research Team

For more information, please call (608) 265-3610 or email braveyouthlab@psychiatry.wisc.edu