Participate in Research

The UW Department of Psychiatry has a strong and diverse research component. Our research faculty are currently recruiting subjects for the following studies:

Exercise Study Opportunity for Women with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Josh Cisler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the NeuroTaP Lab, is conducting a study examining how women with PTSD might benefit from one session of aerobic exercise.

About the research study:

  • Volunteers can earn up to $200 for participating
  • Participants will be asked to exercise for one session
  • Volunteers will meet with research staff for one screening visit involving questionnaires and interviews, and three separate task visits
  • Research visits take place at the UW HealthEmotions Research Institute and the UW Natatorium
  • Total time commitment is ~9 hours across 4 visits

Research Volunteers:

  • Females, ages 21-50
  • Victims of physical or sexual abuse
  • Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • No current serious medical disorders

For more information, contact the NeuroTaP Research Lab at (608) 262-6375 or cislerlab@psychiatry.wisc.edu

Interventions for Stress in Pregnancy

Principal Investigator: Zachary Stowe, MD
Study Contact: Emily Kroska, PhD

Purpose of the Study:
To study the effectiveness of the interventions on distress, depression, and anxiety during and after pregnancy

About the Research Study:

  • Volunteers can earn compensation for participating.
  • Participants will be asked to participate in a single-session, 3-hour group intervention.
  • Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and interviews and provide biological samples (blood, saliva).
  • Research activities will take place at the UW-Madison.
  • Involvement in the study will last for 9-12 months.

Research Volunteers:

  • Adult women aged 21-45 who are between 14-20 weeks pregnant
  • Written and verbal fluency in English
  • Ability to give informed consent and comply with study procedures, which includes a 7th grade reading/comprehension level

For more information, contact The Women’s Mental Health Program, 608-232-3339 or womensmentalhealth@psychiatry.wisc.edu

Stress in Pregnancy

Principal Investigator: Zachary Stowe, MD
Study Contact: Rena Doyle, RN

Purpose of the Study:
The purpose of this research study is to find out how stress during pregnancy and the environment that children grow up in affect childhood development. This research is being conducted because it is known that stress can have an impact on a child’s wellbeing and we want to learn more so that we can improve children’s health outcomes in the future.

About the Research Study:

  • Volunteers can earn compensation for participating.
  • Participants will be asked to complete multiple study visit through pregnancy and as the child grows.
  • Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and interviews and provide biological samples (blood, saliva).
  • Research activities will take place at the UW-Madison.

Research Volunteers:

  • Women between ages of 13 -45 years old.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English
  • Ability to give informed consent and comply with study procedures, which includes a 7th grade reading/comprehension level
  • Preconception stages of family planning and/or currently < 24 weeks pregnant.

For more information, contact The Women’s Mental Health Program, 608-232-3339 or womensmentalhealth@psychiatry.wisc.edu

Pediatric Anxiety Study – Learning about Emotions (ABLE) Study

Ned Kalin, MD, Hedberg Professor and Chair of Psychiatry is leading a study investigating anxiety in children. Kalin and his team hope to better understand how to detect early risk for the development of anxiety. The study is currently recruiting children ages 8 to 12 to participant in a paid research opportunity. Eligible children with and without anxiety can earn up to $250 for participation in multiple study sessions. For more information visit the study’s website, or call the HealthEmotions Research Institute at (608) 263-2338, or send an email to ablestudy@psychiatry.wisc.edu with your name, contact information, and the best time to reach you, and a member of our study staff will contact you.

Adult Anxiety Study

Michael Koenigs, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is leading a study to identify areas of the brain that are important for processing emotional information, and how these areas can affect feelings of anxiety. The study is recruiting individuals (age 18 and over) with anxiety to undergo an MRI brain scan while experiencing mild (non-painful) electric shocks. For more information, contact the lab via email (koenigslab@psychiatry.wisc.edu).

Parent/Youth Observational Learning Study

Ryan Herringa, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the BRAVE Youth Lab, is conducting a study examining observational learning in youth. We hope that the information gained from the study will allow us to better understand how youth learn about things through direct experience and by observing a parent. The study is currently recruiting healthy youth and youth with PTSD (ages of 7-17) along with their mothers. The study takes place at the HealthEmotions Research Institute and involves two visits. Each parent/youth dyad can earn up to $150 for participation in the study. Please contact the HealthEmotions Research Institute at 608-265-3610 or email braveyouthlab@psychiatry.wisc.edu, or visit our study website for more information.

Study on Abnormal Sleep Behaviors

Do you sometimes have abnormal behaviors during sleep, such as screaming, eating, walking, talking, or engaging in various other activities, with no recall or some recall in the morning? If yes, you might qualify to participate in this study.

This study uses high density EEG to investigate the normal patterns of brain activity during sleep, and how these patterns change in sleep disorders called parasomnias. If you take part in this study, there would be 3 sessions over 3 separate days. The first session lasts 1-3 hours and is during the day. The second and third sessions will include an overnight sleep recording and a sleep deprivation night in the sleep lab. These visits are usually completed within about 2-3 weeks. No drug would be administered. You will be paid up to $500 for these visits. We can also assist with transportation to the lab. If you have recently had an overnight sleep study for clinical reasons, you may only need to come to the lab for one overnight visit. For more information, contact Dr. Valomon at: sleepwalking@psychiatry.wisc.edu

Participate in Research on Cognition, Attention, and Memory

The laboratory of Professor Brad Postle, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, is looking for participants for research studies that aim to better understand cognition, attention and working-memory.

Study details:

• The various studies involve computer tasks used to observe cognition, attention and working-memory.
• Sessions last between 1-4 hours, depending on the study.
• Studies involve one or more sessions on different days, depending on the study.
• Studies are located at either the UW-Madison Department of Psychology or Psychiatry.
• To be eligible to participate in one or more of these studies, you must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and you must be neurologically healthy (no history of disorder).
• Compensation depends on the specific study.

If you wish to participate in one or more of these studies, please email the Postle Lab at postlelab@psych.wisc.edu to indicate your interest.

• We will record your name and email, and you may be contacted via email by a researcher in the lab.
• The researcher will inform you of the task details, research techniques and compensation specific to the sub-study.
• Your participation is voluntary.