Opportunities to Participate in Research

Caceda Lab

We are looking for depressed adults between the ages 18-60 with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder to participate in a study assessing pain and rejection sensitivity at Stony Brook University Hospital. The study involves 1 EEG session, 5 visits to our lab and brief surveys to be completed on your smart phone. Volunteers will be screened by phone for an in-person visit. Payment for you time and effort: up to $150 if you are eligible and choose to participate.  

Learn More: https://sites.google.com/view/cacedalab/home

If interested, call our study coordinator at (631) 638-1538

Emotion Regulation in Aging

This study investigates how problems such as cognitive dysfunction and depression symptomatology relate to the ability to regulate emotions during late middle and older age.  Participants take part in an interview to gather information about medical and psychiatric history, a physical exam and blood draw, cognitive testing, a functional MRI scan, and questionnaires.  Some parts of this study can be performed virtually, and we are enrolling people who are unable to attend in-person visits at this time due to the pandemic.  The overall aim of this study is to use the knowledge that we gain from this study to develop better interventions for emotion dysregulation and depression in older people.  We are enrolling participants with and without a history of depression.  

Learn More: https://www.maca-lab.com/participate


Building Evidence-Based Supports for Teens via Technology (BEST-TECH) Project

We are seeking youth ages 12 to 16 to take part in the BEST-TECH Project, which tests brief virtual reality and computer-based interventions for depression symptoms, stress, and coping skills. Eligibility is determined through a 5-to-10-minute phone interview with a parent/caregiver. The study involves one visit to the Lab for Scalable Mental Health at Stony Brook University, along with online follow-up surveys. Participation from one parent/caregiver is required.
Eligible youth may access three different virtual reality or computer-based interventions at no cost. Families who complete the study receive $50 for their time and effort.
Contact: schleiderlab@gmail.com; 631-632-7578

Memory and Aging Brain Imaging Study

If you are 50 and older and have not smoked in the past year, we invite you to participate in a brain imaging study at Stony Brook Medicine. Volunteers with and without memory problems, including those with Alzheimer’s disease are eligible. Participation includes up to three free Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans and one free Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Cognitive (thinking) tests will be given during the study and every six months following imaging for two years. You will be paid up to $680 if you are eligible and complete the study. 

Learn More

If you are interested in participating, please contact study coordinator at Call: 631-638-HELP (638-4357) Text: 716-4BRIGHT (427-4448)

Email: imaging.study@stonybrookmedicine.edu  

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 


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.


Treating depression using an FDA-approved anti-inflammatory (nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drug, NSAID)

If you are suffering from depression and between the ages of 18 and 65, you may be eligible for a brain imaging research study at Stony Brook Medicine. The study involves Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain. PET and MRI brain imaging is performed before and after 8 weeks of NSAID treatment. This medication is FDA approved as an anti-inflammatory (not as an antidepressant), but may be effective to treat depression, especially if other treatments have failed. You will be screened for eligibility by phone, in-person and/or by video. You will be paid up to $480 if you are eligible and complete the study.

Learn more

If you are interested in participating, please contact our study coordinator at

Call: 631-638-HELP (631-638-4357) Text: 716-4BRIGHT (716-427-4448)

Email: imaging.study@stonybrookmedicine.edu


Circadian Dysfunction and Depression

We are looking for depressed adults 18 and older to participate in a depression and brain imaging research study. We are studying the relationship between sleep and mood. The study involves four overnight stays at Stony Brook University Medical Center. During one of those nights, you will be kept awake. This technique will likely result in a brief (<1 day) improvement in your depression. Following this study, you will be offered antidepressant medication at no cost. Payment for your time and effort: up to $2,000 if you are eligible and choose to participate.

Learn more

If interested, please call our study coordinator at (631) 638-HELP or email us at imaging.study@stonybrookmedicine.edu