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Studies Original

Participation in a Study on Emotional Development in Adolescents (CEDA)

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, and 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 $1,020 for participation in all research activities over three years.

Complete an online screening form, link below. Your child will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card.

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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.

Learn more at the:
Online Screening Form

Or contact us by email or phone with specific questions.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! —The BRAVE Research Team

Complete the online screening form

Your child will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card.

Curious about our study documents?

More information: (608) 265-3610 or email our lab

Participation for Healthy Youth and their Mothers in a Direct and Observational Learning Study

The UW Department of Psychiatry is conducting a research study examining observational fear learning in youth. We hope that the information gained from the study will allow us to better understand how kids learn from parents.

  • We are looking for 7-17 year olds without any history of mental health problems to participate in this research study.
  • Participation includes the mother and their child.
  • The study takes place at the HealthEmotions Research Institute, and involves four visits.
  • The study involves questionnaires and physiological measurements.
  • Fathers may also participate should the mother not be available.
  • Your child will receive up to $150 for participation in four research sessions.

For more information, please call 608-265-3610 or email for more information and to see if your child qualifies for participation.