Surveys and Studies

NAMI Minnesota requests your assistance in gathering information that will help our organization and our partners.

Below is a list of current studies and we encourage you to learn more about each one and participate in those that are a good fit for you:

Surveys

Survey on Children’s Mental Health System

NAMI Minnesota is collaborating with the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) to gain input on the children’s mental health system from families and youth. This information will be used to improve the children’s mental health system. Your voice matters! Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. 

Parent Survey on Children’s Residential Treatment

This NAMI Minnesota survey is for parents of children about the development of PRTFs or Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities. PRTFs offer services that are less intensive than inpatient hospital care but more intensive than our current residential programs. Please describe what improvements you would like to see to children’s residential treatment. Take Survey.

Studies

Concerned Your Teenager has Depression? 

The study is recruiting participants ages 11-17 who are depressed and have a pediatrician or medical provider. The study begins with an outpatient evaluation (clinical assessment, interviews, and questionnaires). Outpatient study visits include a clinical assessment, research tasks, and brain imaging, up to age 25. Eligible participants may receive treatment of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and if indicated, standard medicines. Enrollment is from across the United States. Transportation expenses to NIH in Bethesda, MD are reimbursed. There is no cost to participate, compensation is provided. www.nimh.nih.gov/TeenDepressionStudy. Call 1-301-827-1350 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010] or email depressedkids@mail.nih.gov.  (Posted 9-19-2018)

NIH Clinical Trials in Minnesota

As of December 18, 2017 there are 53 NIH Clinical Trials on Mental Health Disorders & Behaviors recruiting in Minnesota . Find out more here.

BRIDGES (Brain Imaging Development of Girls’ Emotion and Self) Study

The RAD Lab uses brain imaging to study adolescent depression and self-harm. Our BRIDGES (Brain Imaging Development of Girls’ Emotion and Self) study is currently recruiting girls aged 12-16. During the teenage years, the brain undergoes major changes. The BRIDGES study is working to understand brain development in adolescents with and without self-injury (a common problem in teenagers). The goal is to learn more about the biology underlying self-harm, to pave the way for developing better treatment options in the future.

The BRIDGES study includes three appointments at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis: 1) a clinical interview, 2) speech and computer tasks, and 3) an MRI brain scan. These three visits take place once a year for three years. There is no cost and participants are compensated with a debit card for their time. Participants are also able to view an image of their brain and receive a copy to take home. Participants must have had their first period and cannot have braces or an implanted medical device. Parental consent is needed. To complete a screen for the study call 612-626-8534 or email the RAD Lab at umnteen@umn.edu. To learn more you can also visit radlab.umn.edu. (Posted 8-9-2018)

VIP (Visual Perception In Psychotic Psychopathology) Study

The University of Minnesota’s Dept. of Psychiatry is seeking mental health patients and their immediate family members for a VIP family study (Neural Disconnection and Errant Visual Perception In Psychotic Psychopathology) to understand thinking functions and visual perception. This study will focus on families in which at least one member is diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder. Participant must be between 18 and 59 years old, in good general physical health, no history of a central nervous system disorder/problem, and primary language must be English. For information, contact 612-625-7469 or cablab@umn.edu. (Posted 7-25-2018)

TMS Study on Depression & Brain Function

This inpatient and/or outpatient study involves daily visits for 8 weeks followed by once-monthly visits for 3 months. The study seeks depressed participants to test the effects of the combination of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy on brain function. compensation is provided. The study is conducted at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, and is enrolling participants nationwide. Travel arrangements are provided and costs are covered. For information: 1-877-MIND-NIH, 1-877-646-3644 or TTY: 1-866-411-1010 or moodresearch@mail.nih.gov. (Posted 3-6-2018)

NIH Research: Depression in Teenagers

Join a research study seeking to find causes and treatments of depression in teenagers. The study is recruiting participants ages 11-17 who are depressed and have a pediatrician or medical provider. The study begins with an outpatient evaluation (clinical assessment, interviews, and questionnaires). Outpatient study visits include a clinical assessment, research tasks, and brain imaging, up to age 25. Eligible participants may receive treatment of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and if indicated, standard medicines. Enrollment is from across the United States. Transportation expenses to NIH in Bethesda, MD are reimbursed. There is no cost to participate, compensation is provided. See www.nimh.nih.gov/TeenDepressionStudy. Call 1301-827-1350 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010] or Email depressedkids@mail.nih.gov. (Posted 2-2-2018)

BPD Research Study for Families

Cultural anthropologist Maureen O’Dougherty (Ph.D. City University of New York; resident faculty at Metropolitan State University) is conducting a qualitative study with individuals who have a family member that lives with Borderline Personality Disorder. Participation in the study entails taking part in an interview with the researcher to discuss what the experience of BPD in the family has been like for them as parents or siblings. Results of the study will be used to inform advocates for families of those who live with BPD, as well as professionals who work with people living with BPD. The information gathered is intended to aid in the development of better tools and resources to address the needs of individuals with BPD and their families. If interested in learning more about the study, please call or text Dr. O’Dougherty at 612-508-3007 or email her at maureen.odougherty@metrostate.edu. (Posted 8-11-2017)

NIMH Irritable Child Study

This study is on Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in children ages 8-17. See flyer. (Posted 5-11-2017)

Computerized Social Cognition Study

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is seeking individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia to participate in a TRUSST brain training study using computerized cognitive training. This study is testing the effects of an experimental software program targeting social cognitive abilities versus a computer-based software control condition. Participants will be asked to complete 30 hours of social cognition training or 30 hours of the control condition at home or in the Ambulatory Research Center. A series of appointments to assess cognition, symptoms, and functioning will be completed before the intervention, and after 15 and 30 hours of the intervention. To learn more about the study, please call (612) 626-7886 or email trusst@umn.edu. (Posted 3-21-2017)