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Understanding the experiences of individuals with serious mental illness

Date: March 5, 2013

I am a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. My dissertation project involves better understanding the experiences of individuals with serious mental illness. I am interested in learning more about how people recover from mental health problems and about the losses they experience.

Participation in this study involves completing an online questionnaire at your convenience. I estimate that it will take you no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete this survey. If you have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depression, please consider participating in this important study.

Contact Jaclyn Leith at or at 419-372-4596 in order to express your interest in participating and gain access to the online survey link. For your participation in this study, you will be given a $5 gift card from your choice of one of two major retailers (Target or

Help Us Solve the Schizophrenia Puzzle: 

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has joined forces with university medical schools across the country including Harvard, UCLA, UCSD, Mount Sinai, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Washington, and the Univ. of Colorado.  Through this collaborative research project we hope to learn more about the genetic basis of schizophrenia.  Understanding the genetic components of schizophrenia is crucial to finding out about the risk factors, and heritability of this illness.  It may also help us to create more effective treatments, and hopefully, someday, find a cure. 

What if my family does not live near any of the schools listed?  In some cases we will be able to accommodate family members who do not live near any of the testing sites.  Each situation is different, but we hope to include as many families as possible. 

We will not ask you to change your medication in any way.  The study lasts about 2-half days.  Each participant will be paid for time spent participating in the study. 

For additional questions about this study, please call (toll-free) 1-866-359-2496 or go to