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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

Beauty Standards and Trichotillomania (phone interview or in-person for those in SE Pensylvania).

I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. I am conducting research on men and women with Trichotillomania and how they navigate beauty standards and stigma. I have had Trichotillomania for over 20 years, and this topic is very important to me.

If you pull your hair, live in the US, and are 18 or older, I would like to talk to you about your experiences with Trichotillomania! You do not have to have a formal diagnosis in order to participate.

If you live close to Southeastern Pennsylvania, I would love to interview you in person. If not, I am happy to interview you over the phone or video chat. For the interview, you will be asked to sign an informed consent explaining the details of my project and how the information will be used. All information will be confidential.

If you are interested in participating or just want to learn more about my project, please feel free to send me a private message or e-mail me at

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Andrea D. Kelley, MSW
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of Delaware

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:
For more information you can contact Dr. Maja Nedeljkovic, Principal Investigator:
or Ms. Renata Slikboer, Student Investigator:

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:

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:

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact either:
Dr. Maja Nedeljkovic, Principle Investigator, email:
Miss Imogen Rehm, Student Investigator, email:

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 or 281-283-3364.
You can access the survey at the following link:

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

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
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.

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 12 week drug study using a natural supplement for skin picking. Participants will be compensated. You must be at least 18 years old.

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 Sarah Redden for more information.

Sarah Redden
Psychiatric Research Specialist
University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program
ph: 773-702-9066

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

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 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:

**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
Phone: 215-746-3327

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 for more details about the study.


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

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