Ongoing Studies in the CBRTP

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Ongoing Emotion Studies

Ongoing emotion studies include:

Emotion Regulation and Digital Media - In this study we are trying to learn what types of digital media can be best used to help people regulate their emotions when emotionally distressed. The goal is to use these data to develop portable digital media-based interventions to help people of various ages and mental health problems regulate unpleasant emotions. If you are interested in participating in this study please contact Lisa Kelley at 684-6701 or email her at kelle026@mc.duke.edu.

Generalization of Emotion Regulation - This study is designed to investigate whether reminders of emotion regulation from one context can be used in other contexts to influence emotional arousal. Eligible individuals will be between the ages of 18-60 and currently receiving either medications or behavioral therapy (e.g., psychotherapy or counseling) treatment for a wide variety of psychological or behavioral problems. We are not recruiting participants yet but are taking a wait list of individuals interested. We expect to begin recruiting in September, 2012. If you are interested in participating please contact Lisa Kelley at 919-684-6701 or kelle026@mc.duke.edu.

Neuroimaging of Older Adult Emotion Regulation - Individuals ages 60 and over with and without major depressive disorder are invited to participate in this study, which includes an interview and an MRI brain scan. Coordinator: Shian-Ling Keng, slk18@duke.edu, 919-684-0474. Principal Investigator: Moria Smoski, PhD. Study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Sensory Processing and Startle Study - Some people startle easier than others. Problem with processing sensory information (e.g., sounds) can be associated with difficulties regulating emotions. This study funded by the Wallace Foundation examines the effects of meclizine, a drug found in many over-the-counter allergy medicines, on how people react to sounds. Participants between the ages of 18 and 40 are needed for the study. Male participants who qualify will come to the lab for up to four separate three-hour appointments and may earn up to $250. Female participants who qualify will attend only one appointment and be compensated $25. If you are interested in participating, contact Lisa Kelley at 919-684-6701 or e-mailing kelle026@mc.duke.edu.

For Duke University students only:
Pre-pulse Inhibition and Conditioning - The study involves questionnaires and a computer task used to study the effects of context on learning and auditory gating. Coordinator: Dr. Jose Laraurri, jal2@@duke.edu, 919-684-9952. Principal Investigator: M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD.

Ongoing Treatment Studies

Several of our ongoing studies provide psychological treatment and addiction treatment. Treatment studies include:

Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression - Individuals ages 18 and over with current major depressive disorder are invited to participate in this study. The study includes an interview, questionnaires, and 8-15 weekly counseling sessions. Principal Investigator and contact person: Moria Smoski, PhD, 919-684-6717. Study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Crack Cocaine - Adults ages 18-60 who are addicted to crack cocaine may be eligible for 6 months of free treatment. Participants are screened on the phone, interviewed in person, and if eligible, then begin coming to our clinic three times per week for 6 months for individual and group drug counseling. Half of the participants are randomly chosen to also receive a new behavioral intervention that uses virtual reality and cell phones as a way to directly train new coping in response to triggers for cocaine use. Study coordinator: Sherika Oliver, smp20@duke.edu, 919-684-1131. Principal Investigator: M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD. Study funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse.

Depression, Genes and Brain - Adults ages 18-50 who have participated in the study Genes and Alterations in Brain Structure and Function in Depression are eligible for this study. The study involves a brain scan and genetic testing, and includes up to 15 weekly counseling sessions for participants who are experiencing symptoms of depression. Principal Investigator and contact person: Moria Smoski, PhD, 919-684-6717. Study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

PTSD and Addiction - Veterans of the United States services with both post-trauamtic stress (PTSD) and addiction to one of the following may be eligible for free treatment: cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, crack cocaine, or heroin. Participants are screened on the phone, interviewed in person, and if eligible, then begin coming to our clinic three times per week for 12 weeks for individual therapy. Half of the participants are randomly chosen to also receive a new behavioral intervention that uses virtual reality and cell phones as a way to directly train new coping in response to triggers for substance use. Study coordinator: Sherika Oliver, smp20@duke.edu, 919-684-1131. Principal Investigator: M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD. Study funded by the United States Department of Defense.