Participate in Our Research

Effects of Psychiatric Conditions on Eye Health Study
Contact persons:

Docia Demmin (dld194@ubhc.rutgers.edu; phone: 315-521-7962); Roni Netser (roni.cohen@mail.huji.ac.il; phone: 609-533-3321)

Purpose:
To look at differences in eye functioning and performance on computer tasks in people with schizophrenia and major depressive disorder.

It involves completing:
• two eye tests, which require that you wear sensors while you view flashes of light and different patterns;
• several brief computer tasks;
• interviews about your symptoms and background.

Time commitment:
2 sessions, ~ 2 hours each.

Compensation:
$15/hour.

Neural Mechanisms Study (fMRI)
Contact persons:
Dillon Smith (dts81@ubhc.rutgers.edu; phone: 732-235-9259 or 973-972-0084), Danielle Paterno (paternda@ubhc.rutgers.edu); phone: 732-235-4979), or email to: fMRI_study@ubhc.rutgers.edu.

Purpose:
To investigate the brain differences associated with atypical perception in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

It involves completing:
• a number of clinical and non-clinical interviews and assessments to determine your eligibility and to collect information about your background, symptoms, and substance use;
• participating in a neuroimaging experiment where you would lie down inside of a scanner and make button-press responses about what you see.

Time commitment:
• For participants with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder: 4 sessions, ~1-3 hours each;
• For controls: 3 sessions, ~1-3 hours each.

Compensation:
• $20/hr for first study visit;
• $25/hr for second study visit + a complimentary picture of your brain (this session is held in the Newark office)
• $30/hr for third and fourth study visits (4th patients only)


Ames Window Study
Contact person(s):
Thomas V. Papathomas (papathom@rci.rutgers.edu; phone: 848-445-6533)

Purpose:
To test the hypothesis that schizophrenia patients perceive the Ames Window illusion less strongly than controls.

It involves completing:
• interview about your background, symptoms, and substance use;
• computerized vision experiment that involves judging which of two dots appears closer than the other dot.

Time commitment:
1 session, ~ 60 minutes (interview and experiment combined)

Compensation:
• $10/hour for the assessment interview;
• $10/hour for the experimental session;

Smoking Cessation Study
Contact person(s):

Dr. Mark Steinberg (marc.steinberg@rutgers.edu); phone: 732-235-4600

Purpose:
To help smokers with schizophrenia quit smoking.

It involves completing:
• interviews about your background, smoking habits, substance use and emotions;
• a series of counseling sessions
• using nicotine patches

Time commitment:
• Two baseline sessions ~ 1.5 hours each
• Clinician counseling appointments:
   o 1 hour per week for 8 weeks
   o 1 month follow-up: 1.5 hours
   o 3 month follow-up: 1.5 hours

Compensation:
$100 over a 4-month timeframe.

Behavioral Visual Cognition Study
Contact person:
Dillon Smith (dts81@ubhc.rutgers.edu; phone: 732-235-9259)

Purpose:
To better understand differences in visual cognition among individuals with schizophrenia and those with no psychiatric diagnosis.

It involves completing:
• interviews about your background, symptoms, and substance use;
• viewing and responding to letters, numbers, colored bars, and other types of images on a computer screen.

Time commitment:
1-2 sessions, ~1-3 hours each.

Compensation:
$15/hour.

Depth Inversion Study
Contact person:
Dillon Smith (dts81@ubhc.rutgers.edu; phone: 732-235-9259)

Purpose:
To better understand how differences in brain network activity in people with schizophrenia can account for resistance to the depth inversion illusion (DII).


It involves completing:
• interviews about your background, symptoms, and substance use;
• viewing and responding to computer-generated faces on a computer screen while EEG is being recorded.

*EEG preparation involves wearing a cap with sensors attached to it. A small amount of gel will get in your hair to ensure a good connection between your scalp and the sensor. This gel comes out in the shower, and you will be provided with towels and shampoo after the experiment to use to clean up if you wish.

Time commitment:
1-2 sessions ~2 hours each

Compensation:
$15/hour.

Attention Shaping and Reinforcement Learning (ASRL) Study
Contact person:
Lindsay Cherneski (lac397@ubhc.rutgers.edu; phone: 732-235-5043); Danielle Beaudette (dmb544@ubhc.rutgers.edu)

Purpose:
To evaluate a behavioral therapy method for helping people with schizophrenia improve their ability to pay attention in therapy groups.

It involves participating in/completing:
• a social skills group offered through UBHC’s Partial Hospital program (during program hours);
• interviews about your background, symptoms, and substance use;
• computerized and non-computerized tasks of attention, memory, and other aspects of thinking.

Time commitment:
• Baseline: 3-4 sessions, ~ 2 hours each;
• Partial group: 2 1-hour sessions a week for ~ 5 months;
• Post-group: 3-4 sessions, ~ 2 hours each.

Compensation:
• $15/hour for assessment sessions;
• $2 for each group during which attentiveness goal achieved.

 

 


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