Active Studies

Study on the Teen Brain

We're inviting healthy teen girls ages 12-14 and their mothers to participate in our study of how the brain changes during adolescence.

Teens can earn up to $295, and mothers can earn up to $100.

In this study at McLean Hospital, teens and their mothers answer questions about thoughts and feelings, and teens undergo an fMRI brain scan and an EEG. Parent permission is required.

For more information, please contact Angela in the Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Lab: (617) 855-4428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you the parent of a healthy adolescent girl?

If your child is in good health and between the ages of 13 and 18, she could earn $160 for participating in this 4-session study.

Researchers at McLean Hospital are investigating differences in the ways that healthy and depressed adolescents think, feel, and behave. Your child's responses can help them better understand and treat depression in adolescents.

For more information, please contact Erin in the Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Lab at
(617) 855-4240 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have you noticed your daughter feeling depressed?

If your child is between the ages of 13 and 18 and has been feeling depressed or has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, she could earn up to $200 and receive free cognitive behavioral therapy for 12 weeks as part of this study on depression and brain activity being conducted by researchers at McLean Hospital.

For more information, please contact Erin in the Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Lab at (617) 855-4240 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Healthy volunteers

Are you between the ages of 18-45, right-handed, with no history of psychiatric or neurological illness? Would you like to earn up to $300?  Researchers in the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research at McLean Hospital are looking for healthy volunteers to participate in research examining rewards and the brain.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our survey at: http://www.mcleanstudy.org/.

If you would rather speak on the phone, please send your phone number and some good times to reach you to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!

Do you have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

We are conducting a research study at McLean Hospital to examine brain chemistry in people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as compared to people who do not. If you are age 20 to 50 and diagnosed with PTSD, you may be eligible to participate. Our study involves:

-6 hours spread over 2 visits (back-to-back days)
-Psychiatric evaluation
-Computerized learning task
-Brain scanning using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
-Payment up to $175

Please call Analise or Jason at 617-855-2268

Rewards, emotions, and the brain

Have you been feeling sad, blue, or down lately? Have you lost interest in activities you normally enjoy?  Are you between the ages of 18-45, right-handed, with no history of neurological illness? Would you like to earn up to $300? Researchers in the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research at McLean Hospital are looking for healthy volunteers to participate in research examining rewards, emotions, and the brain.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our survey at: http://www.mcleanstudy.org/.

If you would rather speak on the phone, please send your phone number and some good times to reach you to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!

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