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:


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.


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.

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 (Posted 3-6-18)

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 Call 1301-827-1350 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010] or Email (Posted 2-2-2018)

Biology of Adolescent Bipolar Disorder Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking teens aged 13 to 18 years old with Bipolar Disorder. This study is investigating the underlying biology of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders during this critical stage in life. Advanced understanding of the complex biology is necessary to allow new advances in diagnosis and treatment for adolescents. For more information, please call Nathan Horek at 612-626-7635 or email (Posted 8-21-2017)

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 (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 (Posted 3-21-2017)

Study on Teenagers with Depression

This research study seeks to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. It is part of a larger study looking at irritability and mood dysregulation. This part of the study’s goals are to improve our knowledge
of which treatments work best in depression, and will compare teenagers with depression to those with severe irritability. The research will also study teenagers with depression as they grow up. See Flyer for details. For further information contact: Argyris Stringaris, M.D. or Kenneth Towbin, M.D. at 301-496-8381 or (Posted 3-15-2017)