The study aims to find out if technology could help teach healthy coping habits for children with depression.
The study will consist of a one-time visit the university, and two online follow-up surveys. Parking for the initial visit will be free, and families will receive $30 compensation for their time. Upon completion of the follow-up surveys, families will get an additional $20 Amazon gift card.
Ideal candidates include tweens and teens diagnosed with clinical depression, as well as those who are struggling with feelings of sadness but do not have an official diagnosis. To see if your child qualifies, parents can call the lab and answer a quick, 5-minute survey to see if their child is experiencing elevated levels of sadness compared to other children of the same age and gender. Anyone who has sought out therapy in the last year is also eligible.
There is no deadline for applications in order to be included in the study, as it will be running for the spring at summer at a minimum. However, those interested should reach out sooner rather than later. “I would encourage [families] to reach out even if they’re not sure if they would qualify, or if their teenager would qualify, because if they don’t meet criteria for this particular study, we will have opportunities in the future that they might be eligible for,” Dr. Schleider says.
For more information, or to sign up, call 631-632-7578 or email [email protected].