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Participate in a Research Study

The following research programs are currently seeking volunteers.

Online Surveys for Adults | Online Surveys for Children and/or Parents

California | Connecticut | Illinois: Hair Pulling Medication Study | Illinois: Skin Picking Study

Massachusetts | New York | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin


Online Research Surveys for Adults

 

Parent/Child/Teen Trich and OCD Study

The FEAR Institute at the Case Western Reserve University - Department of Psychological Sciences is currently recruiting participants for an online study of children and teenagers with and without Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

The purpose of this study is to learn more about emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and parent-child interactions and peer relationships. Ultimately, our goal is to inform and improve the prevention and treatment of Trichotillomania, OCD, and anxiety in children and teenagers.

To participate, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and be the caregiver of a child between 10 and 17 years with Trichotillomania, anxiety, and/or OCD. The study includes a parent section and a child section, which is to be filled out by the child separately from the parent. Each section will take approximately 20 to 40 minutes. Participants have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and win gift cards up to $75. No identifying information will be completed for this survey and all answers will be kept confidential. Please follow the link below in order to participate. http://ow.ly/NIXmX or connect with us at http://caslabs.case.edu/anxiety/

Sleep and Hair Pulling Adult Internet Survey:

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are conducting research assessing sleep in individuals with hair pulling symptoms. We are recruiting adults ages 18 and older who engage in repetitive hair pulling. The survey will last approximately 30 minutes and will include questions about your demographics, sleep quality and patterns, hair pulling symptoms, mood, and behavioral and emotional functioning. Please take the survey using a laptop or desktop computer as it may not be compatible with handheld portable devices (i.e., phone or iPad).

Please visit the following link to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sleephairpullingadults

For further information, please email the Principal Investigator, Emily Ricketts, Ph.D. at ERicketts@mednet.ucla.edu

Sleep and Skin Picking Adult Internet Survey:

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are conducting research assessing sleep in individuals with skin picking symptoms. We are recruiting adults ages 18 and older who engage in repetitive skin picking. The survey will last approximately 30 minutes and will include questions about your demographics, sleep quality and patterns, skin picking symptoms, mood, and behavioral and emotional functioning. Please take the survey using a laptop or desktop computer as it may not be compatible with handheld portable devices (i.e., phone or iPad).

Please visit the following link to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sleepskinpickingadults

For further information, please email the Principal Investigator, Emily Ricketts, Ph.D. at ERicketts@mednet.ucla.edu

Online Survey exploring motivations underlying hair pulling
Swinburne University of Technology is conducting research on what motivates individuals to pull their hair.  It is hoped that a deeper understanding of motivation will assist in the development of more effective treatments.  Individuals over 18, with and without trichotillomania, are invited to participate.  Participation is completely anonymous; you cannot be identified in any way.  The questionnaire takes between 30 to 45 minutes.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to begin the survey, click this link: http://opinio.online.swin.edu.au/s?s=16215
For more information you can contact Dr. Maja Nedeljkovic, Principal Investigator: mnedeljkovic@swin.edu.au
or Ms. Renata Slikboer, Student Investigator: rslikboer@swin.edu.au

Hair-Pulling Urges and Everyday Urges
We are interested in better understanding the nature of hair-pulling urges, and how these urges compare to other, everyday urges.  If you experience hair-pulling urges, we invite you to participate in an online survey.  You do not need to have been formally diagnosed with trichotillomania in order to participate.

In this survey, you will have the chance to help us better understand what it is like to have hair-pulling urges and how these urges compare to everyday urges that people experience.

The survey should take you about 30-35 minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous.  If you wish to take a break in the middle of the survey, you may do so.  You will be able to return to the survey where you left off by clicking on the survey link again (on the same computer and browser).  Your responses will remain anonymous.

You can access the survey at the following link: https://umichumhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cvbs88Jxr8akKxL

Development of a Measure of Beliefs in Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
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

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


Online Research Survey for Children/Adolescents

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


Regional Research Studies

 

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

Chicago, IL

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

 

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 natural supplement for the treatment of hair pulling. The study will involve 6 visits in our office in Chicago. Participants will be compensated. You must be at least 18 years old.

If interested, please contact Sarah Redden at 773-702-9066 or sredden@uchicago.edu
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.

Hair Pulling Disorder Study Ages 10 to 14

Does your child have a problem with pulling his/her hair?
We are currently seeking volunteers for a 13 week research study using an experimental supplement for hair pulling. The study will involve 8 visits to our office in Chicago. Participants will be compensated.

If interested, please contact Sarah Redden for more information at 773-702-9066 or sredden@uchicago.edu

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.


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 ewu9@partners.org.


Syracuse/Central New York

Participate in Psychology Research about Trichotillomania and OCD
Profiles of Cognitive Deficits in Trichotillomania

We are currently testing impulsivity and decision-making skills in trichotillomania and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Trichotillomania (TTM) has recently undergone a change in classification, from impulse-control disorder to an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, although scientists are still not sure in which category TTM truly belongs, since there is very little research on the cognitive characteristics of this disorder.  Impulsivity, or acting without thinking, is a feature common in impulse-control disorders, and studies of OCD have seen impairments in decision-making.  The purpose of this study is to assess these skills in people with TTM and OCD in order to see which category of classification is more appropriate for TTM.  Finding the most fitting classification for TTM would lead to better understanding of the disorder, including better approaches to treatment, since treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy focus on improving cognitive skills like decision-making and inhibitory control.

Eligibility requirements: Age 18+, living in Syracuse/Central NY area, have a formal diagnosis or a self-perceived presence of OCD or TTM, not currently taking any medications for OCD or TTM.

This research is conducted in Syracuse, NY, at the CNY Medical Center (739 Irving Ave.).
Participants who are interested will complete a short in-person prescreen including demographics, severity of TTM and severity of OCD (no longer than 30 minutes) to determine if they are eligible for the second component, which consists of a perceptual test to assess decision-making, and a stop-signal test to assess impulsivity (no longer than 60 minutes). The entire study should take no longer than 90 minutes to complete. Each participant will be compensated $0.50 for every five minutes of participation, up to $10 for completing the experiment in its entirety and up to $5 for completing the first component only. Even if the whole study is completed in less than 90 minutes, you will still be compensated the full $10, and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. All your information will be kept confidential and not associated to your name/personal information in any way.

If you are interested, please contact Kimi Skokin, Syracuse University, at SUtrichstudy@gmail.com to coordinate a day and time to come in and participate.


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, Wisconsin

Study: Developing Effective Response Inhibition Training for Symptom Relief in OCD

We are currently testing computer-based treatment programs designed to help adults (aged 18-60) suffering from problematic repetitive behaviors, including

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Compulsive hair pulling (Trichotillomania)

This research is conducted at the Psychology Training Clinic, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (sponsored by the NIMH).  All study procedures will be completed in our clinic located within the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the two similar computer-based training conditions designed to help improve symptoms for individuals with OCD or Trichotillomania. As the first step of the study, we will conduct a pre-screening assessment to determine whether the person is eligible for the study. Our computer-based treatment program is provided to eligible participants, and each participant will receive compensation for completing the study.

If you are interested in our study, please contact us at (414) 416-4249, or adl@uwm.edu for more details about the study.

Sincerely,

Han Joo Lee, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Director, Anxiety Disorders Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


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