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Opportunities to Participate in Research

Advanced Personalized Antidepressant Treatment
Using PET/MRI

We are looking for depressed men and women between the ages 18-65 with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder to participate in a brain imaging research study at Stony Brook University Hospital. The study involves two PET/MRI scans. Volunteers will be screened for eligibility by phone and an in-person visit. Payment for your time and effort: up to $550 if you are eligible and choose to participate.
Contact: imaging.study@stonybrookmedicine.edu, (631)-638-HELP (4357)
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Understanding Cognitive Decline in Aging using PET/MRI

We are looking for healthy men and women between the ages 50-85 to participate in a brain imaging research study at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The study involves an evaluation, and up to 2 MRI- PET Scans.
Compensation for your time and effort: up to $330 if you are eligible and choose to participate.  
If interested, call our study coordinator at (631) 638-1527.

Social Groups for Youth with ASD

We are now recruiting families to participate in a group social skills intervention study! We are looking for families with a child between 8 and 17 years old who has been diagnosed with ASD. Social groups will take place for 1.5 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Before and after the social groups program, parents and children will also complete questionnaires and computer activities. Participation in this social group intervention program is currently being offered only as part of this research study. Eligibility will be determined by a questionnaire completed at home by parents, and then by assessments at an initial visit. Eligible families will receive this social group intervention program free, and will receive gift cards as thanks for their time and effort.
Contact: Dr. Matthew Lerner's Social Competence & Treatment Lab at lernerlab@stonybrook.edu

Paying Attention to Social Interactions

We are conducting an study on how adults (ages 18+) with and without ASD engage in their social world, and how specifically attending to social interactions may affect behavior. Participation involves visits in our lab at SBU, as well as using their smartphone in between visits to tell us about their social interactions.
Contact: Dr. Matthew Lerner's Social Competence & Treatment Lab at lernerlab@stonybrook.edu

Social Skills in a Virtual Environment

We are collaborating with the lovely staff at ASPIRE Center for Learning & Development in Melville, NY, to see how children behave socially in real-world and simulated interactions. Families whose child is between 7 and 14 years old and has been diagnosed with ASD may be eligible to participate. Participation involves 2 visits in our lab, approximately 10 weeks apart, in which parents complete questionnaires and children complete a computer activity.
Contact: Dr. Matthew Lerner's Social Competence & Treatment Lab at lernerlab@stonybrook.edu

Seeing the Social World

We are conducting an investigation into how children ages 4 to 8 with and without ASD see and understand their social world, and how this leads to the ability to navigate that world to make effective friendships. After parents complete a brief questionnaire at home, participation involves 2 visits in our lab in which parents answer questionnaires and children complete assessments and computer activities.
Contact: Dr. Matthew Lerner's Social Competence & Treatment Lab at lernerlab@stonybrook.edu

Spousal Support Study

We are conducting an online survey study with married mothers of children and teens ages 6 to 17 with and without ASD to learn more about the support they receive from their spouse. This study will give us more insight into the dynamics of families in which parents face varied demands of care taking. Mothers who complete this 30-minute online survey will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card as thanks for their participation.
Contact: Dr. Matthew Lerner's Social Competence & Treatment Lab at lernerlab@stonybrook.edu

Guanfacine to reduce relapse risk in women with problem alcohol

use

If you are a woman aged 18-60 years old and are having problems with alcohol, you may be eligible to participate in a medication research study at Stony Brook University. The study will consist of 10 weeks of free outpatient treatment for alcohol use. Volunteers may be paid up to $600 for participation. All information collected will be held confidential.
For more information, please call 631-241-4072 or email: FL.research@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Imaging Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are looking for adult males between the ages of 18 and 45 years old with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in a PET/fMRI brain imaging research study conducted at Stony Brook University. Participation in this study involves a baseline visit (~3 hours), during which participants will complete psychological assessments and answer questionnaires; blood and urine samples will also be collected. Based on results from the baseline visit, we will determine if you are eligible for the brain imaging part of this study. If eligible, the PET/fMRI Scan visit will be approximately 5 hours; the total amount of time in the scanner will be up to 2 hours. Participants will receive compensation up to $375.
Contact: Study Coordinator, Rebecca Weber, at 631-638-1821 or IMAGE_autism@stonybrookmeducine.edu.