Join a Brain Imaging Study!

The Emotion and Development Lab is seeking teen volunteers to research how irritability affects the brain's processing of social information. Click below to see if you or your teen might be eligible!

Fast Facts

13-17 years old

currently in mental health treatment

no serious medical issues

Compensation Provided

conducted in aurora, CO

Study Background

Our researchers want to learn more about how irritability affects your interpretation of social situations. If you are 13-17 years old and currently in treatment for your mental health (or a parent/guardian of a teen in mental health treatment), you may be eligible to participate!

During the single in-person study visit, we will use MRI to look at your brain while you answer questions about imaginary social situations. 

Your participation in this study may help researchers develop better ways to help teens who struggle with clinical irritability. Help advance research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

This study aims to understand biased social judgments in terms of behavior and brain activity in order to develop new diagnostic tests and treatments for clinically irritable youth. 

You or your teen may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria for Teen Participants:

  • 13-17 years old
  • Currently in mental health treatment
  • No serious medical issues
  • No metal in the body that cannot be removed for an MRI (such as braces)
  • No recent substance use or psychoactive medication changes in the past 4 weeks

Step 1: (10 minutes) Brief phone screening with teen’s parent or guardian to confirm the teen is eligible for the study.

Step 2:  (3.5 hours) In person visit with the teen and one caregiver. Both the teen and caregiver will complete a series of measures on an iPad to assess symptoms of irritability, anxiety, depression and disruptive behaviors. The teen only will then complete a brain MRI while listening to stories about social situations.

Teens will be compensated up to $150 in the form of an Amazon gift card.

There is no cost to you or your teen for participating in the study.