Teen Health Research Study

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are studying how social media affects adolescent girls' brain development and mental health. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

teen girls ages 12-17

struggle with suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm

Compensation Up to $775

Conducted in Pittsburgh, PA

Study Background

In recent years, adolescents have been experiencing increasing rates of emotional health problems, such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-injurious behaviors. We are interested in better understanding how adolescents’ social media experiences, other social interactions, and patterns of brain functioning influence these emotional health problems.

We hope this study will improve our understanding of why some teens go on to develop these problems and other teens do not. Ultimately, we hope this information will help us learn how to improve emotional health in teens.

Additional Information

Our study is aimed at understanding how social media affects teenage girls’ brain development and mental health.

You or your child may qualify for this study if she meets the following criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Teenage girl between 12-17 years old
  • Struggles with suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm
  • Owns a smartphone
  • Has no metal in her body (can complete an MRI)
  • Assigned female at birth

Participation involves an MRI scan, interviews, questionnaire, parent-child interaction, and surveys of social media use.

Participants will be compensated up to $775 for their time.

There is no cost to participate in this study.

For more information, call or text 412-564-3363 or email us at teenscreen@pitt.edu.