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Brain Development Study

Depression is the leading cause of disability and frequently begins in adolescence. In this research study, we are recruiting 13-17 year-olds to study the effects of depression and childhood traumatic experiences. We will perform MRI scans (no radiation is involved) to carefully study the brain networks and understand adolescent brain developmental changes. A better understanding of these changes will help us to develop better treatments. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY

Eating Patterns Study

Adolescent development is associated with significant behavioral, social and biological changes that can lead to risk for developing obesity and persistence into adult life. We are examining social and biological stress in 13-17 year-old African-American (Black) and White females. Additionally, we are studying eating patterns and activity levels in the home environment and in a controlled lab setting as well as body composition (muscle and fat content) and hormones that are involved in appetite and metabolism. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY

Life Skills Study

Adolescents face many challenges as they begin to gain autonomy from parents and prepare for adult roles in society. Our team has developed a family intervention that specifically helps AA youth to develop life skills focusing on future orientation and in overcoming “road blocks” in the service of positive goals. This is a 6-week, parent and child program shown to deter risky behaviors and achieve long-term positive outcomes. Using MRI scans (no radiation involved), we are trying to identify brain circuits involved in such positive outcomes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY

Comparing Psychiatric Illnesses

The purpose of this research is to test persons who either have bipolar disorder or persons who have recently (within the past 3 months) had a first psychotic episode for the amount of mitochondria in their blood. This information might help researchers in the future to predict the course of various psychiatric illnesses. This information might help researchers inn the future to predict the course of various psychiatric lillnesses. This study will take 2-4 hours to complete and participants may be asked to return in a year's time for a follow-up visit. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY.

Depression and Suicide Risk

The purpose of this research study is to identify biological markers for depression and suicide risk. We are studying adults with major depressive disorder and those with no history of psychiatric disorders. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY

Lithium Levels

Researchers from the Department of Health Sciences/Public Health, Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine are recruiting participants for a research study that will investigate using saliva samples instead of blood samples to monitor lithium levels in individuals that currently take lithium to treat psychiatric disorders. Information from this study may help researchers better understand if saliva samples can replace blood samples in the future as a method to monitor lithium levels. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RESEARCH STUDY