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Research Opportunities

Below are some research projects that require the participation of individuals with mental illnesses and, occasionally, their family members.For each of the studies listed below, we have received verification from the lead scientist on the study that an institutional review board (IRB) has approved the study. Nonetheless, if you are interested in participating in one of these studies, make sure that you can answer the following questions for yourself:

  • What is the study about?
  • What will you be asked to do in the study?
  • What risks might you face?
  • Who do you contact with questions, concerns, or problems?
  • How will you be kept informed about the progress and results of the study?

You should feel that you fully understand the project and your role in it before signing an informed consent document.  Do not enter any studies you do not fully understand. 

If you do choose to participate in a study, we applaud your important contribution to the science of serious mental illnesses and we want you to be as informed and protected as possible -- a true partner in research.

Remember that all participation in research is voluntary and is not part of your treatment.

General Research Studies About Mental Illness
Research studies involving all types of mental illnesses.

Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder
Research studies involving schizophrenia and/or schizoaffective disorder.

Bipolar Disorder
Research studies involving bipolar disorder.

Research studies involving depression (unipolar, recurrent, etc.).

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Research studies involving Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Research Studies involving other mental illnesses not listed above.