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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Children: Healthy Volunteers

Anxiety and Attention and Emotional Memory

Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

This 12-week outpatient study seeks healthy children between the ages of 8 and 17 to participate in research on mood and anxiety disorders. The study investigates how the brain changes during computer-based training tasks, and how breathing patterns and emotions are related.

Healthy Volunteers to Assist in finding causes of depression in teenagers

Enrolling nationally from around the country

Healthy volunteers (teens who do not have mental health diagnoses) are needed to assist investigators find causes of depression in teenagers. The study goals are to understand how the brain changes when teenagers have depression and use that knowledge to find better treatments for depression. Healthy volunteers who participate in research assist investigators by being members of a group that can be compared to a group of those who have major depression. The study will also follow participants over time as they grow up to compare those with depression to those without.

Help Us Understand Sleep Patterns in Young Children, ages 3 to 6

Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

Many parents have questions about what sleep should look like in childhood. Common concerns include how to know if their child is getting enough sleep or if their sleep schedule makes sense for their age and activity level. Some parents may also have concerns about the way their child sleeps, especially if their child has developmental delays or behavioral challenges.  

This research study is enrolling healthy children, ages 3 to 6, with or without developmental delays and/or behavioral challenges. 

How Does Puberty Affect Brain Development?

Enrolling locally from the Washington, D.C. metro region

Your healthy child age 8, 12, or 13 is invited to participate in an NIH outpatient research study that examines how puberty affects brain development.