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Featured Research Studies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

Ann Arbor, MI

Anxiety can cause significant impairment and distress in children and teens. The purpose of this study is to look at a certain type of treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), how it impacts the developing brain and helps to treat anxiety

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Ann Arbor, MI

We are conducting research using Exposure-Response Prevention (ERP): a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Eligible teens (13-17) and adults (25-45) will receive a diagnostic evaluation, 12 therapy sessions, and 2 fMRI scans, at no charge.

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Kid Power Camp

Ann Arbor, MI

We are studying how a new intervention may reduce anxiety symptoms in preschool age children. Children will learn interactive games and activities in a group setting. These games are meant to increase their ability to regulate their behaviors and emotions.

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  Visit UMHealthResearch.org to explore participation opportunities.

 

Why is research important and how can you participate?

Research is critical to increasing our knowledge of depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, addiction/substance abuse and other brain conditions. The advancement of medicine could not be done without clinical research. 

Clinical research depends upon the involvement of patients and/or healthy people, and is at the heart of the Michigan approach to mental health and wellness. There are many different types of research studies:

    • Observational studies - to identify illness patterns or disease and health progression
    • Risk evaluation and prevention studies - to identify risk factors and utilize various approaches to prevent occurrence and improve outcomes
    • Clinical treatment trials - to test or compare methods that may involve devices, drugs, or behavioral approaches
    • Quality improvement - to measure and improve health services

We recognize that research could not move forward without the support of our volunteers. We are grateful to those who participate in research to help advance knowledge and speed the pace of innovation.

Many studies conducted by the Department of Psychiatry faculty are supported by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), which integrates education, career development, infrastructure, and support to catalyze translational research that spans the laboratory, the clinic, and the community. MICHR also maintains the UMHealthResearch.org website, linking potential volunteers to research studies.

Research is critical to increasing our knowledge of depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, addiction/substance abuse and other brain conditions.

Without scientific research, the advances made to date would not have happened and future advancements would not be possible.

Clinical research depends upon the involvement of patients and/or healthy people, and is at the heart of the Michigan approach to battling psychiatric illnesses. Researchers seek answers to questions such as:

    • Why is stress so important in triggering events and how can we measure it?
    • What changes does stress produce in our brains?
    • How do genes affect how a person reacts to stress?
    • How does stress affect sleep?
    • How can we better cope with stress?

We are grateful to our patients who participate in research. They recognize that one of the many benefits of being here is the opportunity to help advance knowledge and speed the pace of innovation.

Whether or not you actively participate in a research study, your care will be positively impacted by the questions we’re asking – and answering – behind the scenes.