Participate in Our Research

The RAD Lab conducts research surrounding adolescent depression, mood disorders, self-harm, and suicide. In addition, the lab has a special focus on brain development across adolescence. 

To be contacted about opportunities for which you may be eligible, please fill out this brief survey

The lab has a number of active studies at any given time. See below for more information about current studies and opportunities:

Self-Harm and NAC Biology


  • Females
  • 16-24 years of age
  • Recent/current self-harm

About the Study:

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.

For more information, please visit our page dedicated to the Self Harm and NAC Biology Study.

Sexual Minority Mental Health


  • Assigned male at birth and have not undergone Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • 18-24 years of age
  • Non-heterosexual

About the Study:

Sexual and gender minorities face additional stressors that contribute to psychopathology and altered stress response. This is a pilot study that will inform a larger study on the mental health of sexual and gender minorities. 

For more information, please visit our page dedicated to the Sexual Minority Mental Health Study.

Becoming Artists

Orgami pieces

About the Study:

The Becoming Artists study is examining how engagement in creative activities impacts mental health in adolescents. All adolescents who are enrolled in the Adolescent After-School Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are invited to participate in the study, which includes a creative arts class in its programming. This research seeks to determine if engaging in creative work can lead to a positive shift in one’s self-perception and promote greater well-being. 

For more information, please visit our page dedicated to Becoming Artists.