Active Studies


Teen Headspace study

Researchers at McLean Hospital are investigating how teens who are feeling stressed might benefit from learning mindfulness techniques for daily life. By participating, your child can help us better understand how mindfulness can help counteract rumination (repetitive negative thinking) in teens. If you have a child who is between the ages of 13 and 18 who has no prior mindfulness experience, then you and your child may qualify to participate in this research study. You child can earn up to $285 for participating.

For more information, please contact Anna at (617) 855-4239 or via email at aotierney@mclean.harvard.edu.


Understanding the brain during cognitive tasks

Researchers at McLean Hospital are seeking participants for a research study examining brain responses during cognitive tasks. We are seeking right-handed individuals, 18-45 years old, with no history of psychiatric or neurological illnesses. This research study involves one appointment of up to 4 hours. We seek to develop and optimize computer-based tasks to measure reward learning and cognition. Each participant will be asked to come for a single visit to complete a brief psychological assessment (interview and surveys), provide a saliva sample, and then perform up to two of the computer-based tasks while EEG data are collected.

You will receive up to $85 for task performance.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our online survey. If you would rather speak on the phone, please send your phone number and some good times to reach you to neurolab@mclean.harvard.edu. Thanks!


Teen mood study

Researchers at McLean Hospital are investigating factors that put young individuals at risk for developing depression. By participating, you and your child can help us better understand, prevent, and treat adolescent depression. If you have a child between the ages of 12 and 18 who is feeling good – or who experiences less pleasure or interest in the things they used to enjoy – you and your child may qualify to participate in this research study. Your child can earn up to $327.20 for participating.

For more information, please contact Nigel at (617) 855-4246 or via email at njaffe@mclean.harvard.edu.


Depression family history study

Researchers at McLean Hospital are studying factors, such as family history, that may put young individuals at risk for developing depression. By participating, you and your child can help us better understand, prevent, and treat adolescent depression. If you have a child who is between the ages of 12 and 15 – and if you, or their other biological parent, has experienced depression – then you and your child may qualify to participate in this research study. You child can earn up to $337 for participating.

For more information, please contact Kristina at (617) 855-4195 or via email at kpidvirny@mclean.harvard.edu.


Research on depression and the brain

Researchers at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA are seeking volunteers to understand depression and the brain, in particular, the role of the Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ receptor system. The study includes five sessions over 12 months, including one MRI scan and one PET scan, and a total time commitment of up to 18 hours.

Study activities may include:

  • an MRI scan
  • a PET scan
  • Computer games
  • Blood draws and an IV placement
  • Surveys
  • Clinical Interviews

For your participation, you can earn up to $1038.50. We may be able to reimburse transportation to and from each visit.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our online survey. If you would rather speak on the phone, please send your phone number and some good times to reach you to dsteinberger@mclean.harvard.edu. Thanks!


Healthy adults too!

Every research study needs a comparison group. 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 or more? Researchers in the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research at McLean Hospital are looking for healthy adults to participate in research, examining rewards and the brain.

If you want to participate in a research study, please complete our online survey. Or you can send email to neurolab@mclean.harvard.edu, let us know your phone number and a good time to call you back. Thanks!