Self-Harm & NAC Biology

Self Harm & NAC Biology

About the Study

Currently recruiting! Self-harm among adolescents and young adults is a current problem and few treatments are currently available. Our previous research suggested that N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a nutritional supplement with antioxidant effects, may be helpful for self-harm. The purpose of this study is to find out how NAC works by measuring its antioxidant effects in the brain. Complete this survey to see if you're eligible.

Who can participate?

  • Females
  • 16-24 years of age
  • Current self-harm

What will this study involve?

  • 2 in-person visits
  • Clinical assessment
  • MRI brain scans
  • Blood samples
  • Take tablets twice a day of NAC or placebo for 4 weeks
  • Online surveys once a week


Compensated for your time ($320 for all visits).


Contact Us

Want to hear more about the study? 

Contact the study coordinator, Tori, at

Images of Brain Scan

Picture of young woman
Picture of glass of water and 2 pills
MRI Scanner