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The following research programs are currently seeking volunteers.

Internet Surveys | California | Connecticut | FloridaIllinois: Hair Pulling Study | Illinois: Hair Pulling Medication Study |

Illinois: Skin Picking Study | Massachusetts | Maryland | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin


Internet-Based Studies


A web-based computerized cognitive training program for children with trichotillomania

Do you know anyone between the ages 8 and 17 who pulls her/his hair? If you do, they may be eligible to participate in this research study.  The Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is conducting research on the effectiveness of a web-based computerized treatment program for compulsive hair-pulling (trichotillomania).  The study will take up to 2 months to complete, treatment is free, and participants will be paid with $50 gift cards when they complete the study.  This is a web-based study that allows individuals with an internet-connected computer (with a video-conferencing capability such as Skype) to participate without a geographic limitation.

For more information, please contact:
Han Joo Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
414-229-5858
email: leehj@uwm.edu


Internet Study for Adults
Volunteers wanted to help learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Volunteers wanted to help learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a study being conducted through George Mason University.  If you have, or think you have, BDD or OCD, you can contribute to scientific knowledge about risk factors for poor outcomes in these disorders.  Participation is confidential and involves completing questionnaires about your experiences online, at your convenience.  All participants are entered in a raffle for compensation (up to 75 participants will receive compensation).

If you are interested in participating, visit this website for further information and to complete the survey: https://gmupsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0VbNTiY74GZOnGt


Internet Study for Adults
Development of a Measure of Beliefs in Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
Dr. Maja Nedeljkovic, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) are currently developing and evaluating a measure of thoughts and beliefs associated with Trichotillomania.  It is hoped that their efforts will increase awareness of Trichotillomania in Australia, and that the final measure may be used internationally to generate insights into the condition that will facilitate the development of comprehensive, effective treatment strategies.

They are seeking individuals with and without trichotillomania who are over age 18 to participate in this research.  Participants will be asked to anonymously complete questionnaires online, which will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

For more information and to be directed to the survey, click on this link: http://www.psychsurveys.org/trichotillomania/beliefs

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact either:
Dr. Maja Nedeljkovic, Principle Investigator, email: mnedeljkovic@swin.edu.au
Miss Imogen Rehm, Student Investigator, email: irehm@swin.edu.au


Internet Study for Adults
Hair pulling behavior and its relationship to Mindfulness and Experiential avoidance
Georgina Hurford, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Essex

Georgina is currently looking for people to participate in her research exploring the relationship between experiential avoidance (avoidance of negative thoughts and feelings), mindfulness (awareness of the present moment) and hair pulling behavior. It is not necessary for you to have an official diagnosis of trichotillomania to complete this research.

In order to participate in this research, you must be over the age of 18, and experience distress about your hair pulling behavior.

The study involves the completion of an online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes.  A secure online system is used and all of the information you provide will be anonymous.
This study has been approved by the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences Ethics committee at the University of Essex.

You can access the survey at the following link: http://moodle.essex.ac.uk/mod/feedback/view.php?id=119126


Internet Study for Adults
Intimacy in the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Houston, TX

If you are an adult with OCD, Trichotillomania (i.e., hairpulling), or Compulsive Skin Picking, you are invited to participate in a brief online survey.  With the information gathered from this survey, we hope to understand concerns related to intimacy with individuals presenting with these conditions. While there is no direct benefit to participants, the study hopes to better understand intimacy and whether it should be addressed in treatment for OCD, Trichotillomania, and Compulsive Skin Picking. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. All information provided will be kept completely anonymous.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chad Wetterneck at wetterneck@uhcl.edu or 281-283-3364.

You can access the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ocspectrumintimacy


Parents Wanted for Study of Child Anxiety (all participation is online)
The Child Anxiety Research (CARe) Program at Kent State University is interested in learning more about child anxiety and its relationship to family functioning. We are seeking to recruit parents with a child under the age of 18 and who lives at home. In addition, we are interested in recruiting the oldest child of these parents, as long he or she is between 8 and 17 years of age. Participants will be asked to complete an internet-based survey. The survey will take parents no more than 45 minutes to complete. It will take about the same amount of time for the child to complete his or her portion of the survey as well. Parents are free to participate even if their kids don’t want to fill out the survey and even if they don’t feel that their child is very anxious.   If you are interested in learning more about this study, please click on the link below.

http://kentstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cGVET0J3z3CtFRy

This study has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board.

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Los Angeles, CA

Research Opportunity For Kids and Teens With Trichotillomania (TTM)
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Conducted by Tara Peris, PhD
We Are Studying Non-Drug Behavioral Therapy (BT) and the Brain in Trichotillomania (TTM)

  • Do you have or think you might have TTM? Do you:
  • Do you have frequent urges to pull you hair?
  • Do you have noticeable hair loss?
  • Do you have mounting tension before pulling your hair?
  • Do you have a feeling of relief or gratification after pulling?

If you’re a boy or girl ages 7-17 and one or more of the above apply– you may be eligible for our study
Eligible Participants Will Receive:

  • Free Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Brain Scans
  • Free guidance for a treatment plan
  • Free clinical and cognitive testing
    For more information, please contact: Olivia Johnson at (310)825-2064

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

Does your child pull his or her hair? Are you currently seeking treatment for your child?

Study Title: Habit Reversal Training for Children and Adolescents with Trichotillomania: A Controlled Trial              

Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida are currently investigating how well a treatment called Habit Reversal Training (HRT) works to help children and teenagers with Trichotillomania manage and reduce their hair pulling.

All children who qualify for the study will receive eight sessions of HRT. The study also involves four visits to the clinic where you and your child will participate in study assessments. These assessments will involve answering questions about your child’s hair pulling and other psychological symptoms.

To be in the study, your child must:

  • Be between the ages of 7 and 17 years
  • Have significant hair pulling
  • Not have any health problems that could interfere with study participation

There is no cost to participating in this study. We will not charge you for HRT or any of the evaluations.

For more information, please contact the study coordinator, Erika Crawford, at the Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry at the University of South Florida at (727) 767-8230.

Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry
Principal Investigators: Dr. Adam Lewin & Dr. Omar Rahman
880 6th Street South, Suite 460
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
rothmanctr@health.usf.edu


Chicago, IL

Translational Study of Cognition in Adults with Trichotillomania and Unaffected First-Degree Relatives using Functional Neuroimaging (TLC Project Grant)

We are conducting a study using cognitive testing during brain imaging (known as functional imaging) in an effort to better understand the state versus trait nature of neurobiological changes in trichotillomania. There is an ongoing search in psychiatry for models of the neurobiological circuitry implicated in given disorders. Whether or not trichotillomania is associated with subtle changes in brain function (as opposed to structure) is not yet established and although functional imaging has been used, with considerable success, to identify biological markers in other impulsive-compulsive disorders (such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), there is a lack of functional imaging studies in trichotillomania.

So far, no studies have examined brain activation in the family members of individuals with trichotillomania – a vital first step in the detection of biological markers that may shed important light on how trichotillomania develops. Understanding whether differences in brain functioning exist between individuals with TTM, first-degree relatives (mom, dad, brother, sister) may aid in the development of new treatments for trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors such as skin picking disorder.

The hypothesis to be tested is that trichotillomania subjects and unaffected first-degree relatives (meaning mom, dad, brother, or sister without trich or another BFRB) of trichotillomania subjects will show under-activation of brain regions during cognitive tests when compared to controls with no known family history of the condition.

Interested in Learning More?

This study will be conducted at the University of Chicago and will involve one 3-3.5-hour visit where the individual with trich and the first-degree family member would come in together. Participants will be compensated for their time although travel to the study center from outside of the Chicago area cannot be reimbursed. We are hoping to get everyone in by the end of September so if there are times that would work for you and your family member, send an
email! Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!!
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Brian directly at odlaug@uchicago.edu.

Brian L. Odlaug, MPH 
Visiting Researcher at the University of Chicago – Odlaug@uchicago.edu

&

Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD 
Senior Visiting Clinical Research, Research Fellow 
Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge – srchamb@gmail.com

 


Hair Pulling Disorder Medication Study


Have you tried different medications but are still struggling to stop pulling your hair?
We are currently seeking volunteers for a 10 week research study using an experimental drug for hair pulling.
The study will involve 6 visits. Participants will be compensated. You must be at least 18 years old.

If interested, please contact study staff at 773-702-9066

University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program
Dr. Jon Grant is directing this study at the University of Chicago.



University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program

Skin Picking Study
Do you pick your skin?  Is it causing problems? Does it feel out of control? We at the University of Chicago are currently seeking volunteers for a drug study using a supplement for skin picking. 

Participation in either study requires several visits to our Chicago study center.  As a result, those interested in participating must live within the Chicago metro area and must be at least 18 years of age. 

If interested in either of these studies, please contact Katherine Derbyshire for more information.

Katherine Derbyshire, BS
Psychiatric Research Specialist
University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program
ph: 773-702-9066
kderbyshire@uchicago.edu

Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH
University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry


Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital- Trichotillomania Clinic

Do you pull out your hair?
Dr. Nancy Keuthen is conducting a genetics research study of compulsive hair pulling at Massachusetts General Hospital. You may be eligible if you are 18-65 years of age and frequently pull out your hair.

If eligible for this research study, you will come to MGH for one study visit that will include an interview, several self-report scales, and a blood draw. Study participation will take 3-6 hours of your time. You will be paid $50 for participating.

*If interested, please call MGH Trichotillomania Clinic at 617-643-8464 or email at ewu9@partners.org.

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Silver Spring, MD

Adult Hair Pulling Study
American University and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington are collaborating on a treatment study for hair pulling in adults (17+). Study participation consists of 12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy and assessments in Silver Spring, MD (this involves paying the usual treatment fees). 

For more information, please contact:
Martha Falkenstein
American University

Kent, OH

Children with Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania) Needed for Family Assessment Study

Does your child pull out his/her hair? Does this pulling cause a problem at school, with friends, or at home? The Child Anxiety Research (CARe) Program is looking for youths who pull out their hair ages 9-17 and one of their parents to participate in a research study. Those eligible receive a full assessment of symptoms, compensation, and written feedback including potential diagnoses and treatment options and referrals.  Children can EARN UP TO $75 IN GIFT CARDS for participation.

If you and your child might be interested in this research study, you can contact us at 330-672-2200 or visit our website: www.ChildAnxietyResearchProgram.com

**Not all families will qualify. Duration of participation for these families will not exceed 2 hours.

This posting has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board.


Philadelphia, PA

Child/Adolescent OCD, Tics, Trichotillomania and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)

Does your child suffer from trichotillomania? Martin Franklin, PhD, is examining treatments for children at The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in Philadelphia. Participants will receive either Behavior Therapy or Supportive Counseling.  Children and adolescents, ages 10 through 17, who repetitively pull their hair may be eligible to participate in this study. Must live in the greater Philadelphia area to particpate.

For more information on this program, contact:
Kristin Benavides
COTTAGe
Phone: 215-746-3327
Email: kben@mail.med.upenn.edu



Milwaukee, WI

For Adolescents: Computerized Cognitive Training Programs for Trichotillomania
Do you have or know a child between the ages of 12 and 18 who pulls his/her hair? If you do, the child may be eligible to participate in a research study. The Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is conducting research on the effectiveness of computer-based treatment programs for compulsive hair pulling in children. The study will take up to 2 months to complete, treatment is free, and participants will be paid up to $110 for their participation in the study. For more information, please contact:

Hanjoo Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 (414) 229-5858 or TrichStudy@gmail.com

For Adults: Acceptance-Enhanced Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania
Are you an adult between the ages of 18 and 65 who pulls their hair? If you do, you may be eligible to participate in a research study. The Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is conducting research on the effectiveness of non-drug treatments for hair pulling in adults. The study will take up to 9 months to complete, treatment is free, and participants will be paid up to $200 for their participation in the study. For more information, please call:

Chris Bauer
Study Coordinator
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(414) 229-2830

For Parents of children aged 5-9
Is your child between the ages of 5 and 9? If so, you and your child may be eligible for a research study at the University of Wisconsin Trichotillomania Specialty Clinic. The research study involves a non-drug treatment and would take up to 9 weeks to complete. Treatment is provided free of cost. For more information, call: Chris Bauer at (414) 229-2830.


 

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