Puberty, Emotions & the Brain

The purpose of this study is to investigate the pubertal development of neural systems affecting cognitive control in the context of emotional and motivational information using neuroimaging. If you have a daughter ages 10-12 or a son 11-13 and they are healthy, they may be eligible to participate in a research study at the University of Pittsburgh. Participation involves visiting our lab to complete an interview, questionnaires, and neuroimaging assessments. Parking costs are covered.

The Puberty, Emotion, and Brain Study is no longer recruiting new participants, but there are a lot of other studies that are. Please check out Pitt Plus Me and the Department of Psychiatry Website to learn about other studies you or your child may be eligible for. 

GIRLS Brain Study

Dr. Jennifer Silk and Dr. Cecile Ladouceur and their research team at the University of Pittsburgh are conducting a research study to learn about girls’ emotions and social interactions. This is a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The study spans the course of 3 years and involves being interviewed by a trained researcher about moods and behaviors, participating in several computerized tasks during an fMRI brain scan, completing a home-based daily survey on study-provided smartphones and answering questions on the computer. Girls who take part in this study and their families will be compensated for participation. 

To find out if you are eligible, please complete the screening questionnaire


Youth, Emotion, and Brain Study

Researchers at University of Pittsburgh, Medical Center (UPMC) are interested in studying children at risk for depression for the Youth Emotion and Brain Study (YEBS). To qualify for this research study, your child must be 9- 13 years old with no serious psychological or medical issues and must have a biological parent with a history of depression. We are also interested in children 9-13 years old who have biological parents with no history of depression or other serious mental illness. Participation involves both you and your child completing psychiatric assessments and questionnaires. Your child will also complete computer tasks in the lab while we measure his/her brain activity with EEG. You and your child will be compensated for your time.

If interested please contact the YEBS Study at: 412-383-8030 or