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The Role of Parental Emotion Regulation in Parent-Child Conflicts

This study seeks to examine parenting skills in responses to child misbehavior. Parents complete rating scales about their child's symptoms and behaviors and also participate in computer tasks to measure brain wave activity through EEG. There is an optional section where parent and child will be video recorded while completing activities together. Following the testing sessions are 8 weeks of counseling sessions for parents to help better manage their child's attention and behavior symptoms.
james waxmonsky at jwaxmonsky@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-8646
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Parent of a child aged 5-12 with ADHD
Child must have mild to moderate symptoms of ODD
Exclusion Criteria:
Not having a child ages 5-12 with ADHD
Non-English speaking
Child with ADHD has diagnosis of mental retardation or prominent traits of autism
No additional child in the family can be enrolled simultaneously in this study
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Improving Autism Screening with Brain-Related miRNA

The central aim of this project is to characterize the expression of exosomal microRNA (miRNA) and nucleic acids in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We propose to measure the expression of extracellular miRNA and nucleic acids in children with ASD. Expression levels of miRNA and nucleic acids from blood and saliva will be compared between children with autism and normally developing controls. The goal of this study will be to identify genetic regulatory mechanisms involved in ASD and provide potential biomarkers for diagnostic screening.
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Younger than 18 years old
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NCT02712853
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Age: 1-4 years
Confirmed Diagnosis of Autism or Developmental Delay or Healthy Child
Exclusion Criteria:
Wards of the state
Sensory Impairment (blindness/deafness)
Confounding neurological condition (cerebral palsy, epilepsy)
Gastrostomy Tube Dependence
Active Peridontal Disease
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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A Pilot Trial of Subtyping Pediatric Conduct Problems by the Presence of Severe Persistent Irritability and Callous Unemotional Traits

Youth with irritable and aggressive behaviors, or conduct problems, are thought to be sensitive to rewards and insensitive to punishments. Parents and children will complete rating scales and computer tasks that will assess for sensitivity to rewards and punishments. This study will help to target interventions for treating children with conduct problems.
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Younger than 18 years old
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Ages 7--12 years
Elevated degree of conduct problems
IQ greater than 80
Exclusion Criteria:
Diagnosis of an intellectual disability, psychosis, ASD, or a pervasive developmental disorder
Sever suicidality
Visual or hearing impairments
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Deprexis Study: An online program to reduce depression in MS – a phase III international multicenter randomized controlled trial

An online program to reduce depression in MS – a phase III international multicenter randomized controlled trial
Deprexis Team Roman at mhc147@psu.edu or 814-865-5578
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18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT02740361
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Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
Current Depression
No current treatment for depression
Internet access
Between the ages of 18-65
Exclusion Criteria:
No diagnosis of MS
No current psychotherapy for depression
No substantial neurocognitive impairments
Started anti-depressants in the last 2 months
Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Penn State Hershey Sitting and Health Study

This study aims to examine the effect of pedaling a compact elliptical device at the desk on employees' work productivity. This study also aims to evaluate the effect of different types of incentives on promoting desk-based pedaling.
Liza Rovniak at activitystudy@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03274635
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Penn State Hershey full time employee
Overweight or obese
Spend at least 5 hours per day sitting at a desk
Have eligible overweight/obese coworker who can do study together with you
18-70 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Currently pregnant
Planned surgical or medical treatment that will prevent ability to complete study
Heart condition, or chest pain during physical activity
Planned travel or relocation during study period
Already have desk cycling device or treadmill at desk
Heart & Vascular, Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Interoception, the 8th Sensory System, Is it measurable?

Sensory processing is often affected in children and adolescents with ASD (autism). The 8th sensory system, coined interoception, is under studied in how it affects children with autism. Our study will compare children with and without autism (ages 11-18 years) using a tool we are developing. Our study hopes to develop psychometric properties of a tool to measure this new sensory sense.
Cheryl Tierney at ctierney@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-8414
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Ages 11-18
Reading at 5th grade level in English
Healthy controls OR high functioning Autism
Exclusion Criteria:
Unable to read at 5th grade reading level
Under age 11 or over age 18
Cannot read English
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Study driver situation awareness and behavior in connected and autonomous vehicles with a driving simulator

This is a behavioral study that will examine the effect of different message designs and driver characteristics on driver situation awareness and driving behavior using a driving simulator. The driving simulator will be used to simulate various traffic events and record driver behavior and performance in the simulated connected vehicles and autonomous vehicle environments. All you need to do is driving on a driving simulator and complete questionnaires.
Xiaomei Tan at xzt24@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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You must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license for at least two years, and display it to the experimenter
You must not be under the influence of alcohol, and have abstained from drinking alcohol for no less than 8 hours prior to participating in this study
You must have normal vision or correct vision wearing contact lenses.
Exclusion Criteria:
Participants who doesn't possess a valid driver license will be excluded from the study
Participants who drinks alcohol within the 8 hours before the study will be excluded from the study
Participants who wear glasses will be excluded from the study
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Investigation of Semantic Processing in Context

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of context on the processing of words in young adults with and without an autism spectrum disorder. The knowledge gained may lead to further understanding of the cognitive and linguistic processing of individuals with autism spectrum disorder—how they understand and see the world around them. The study is being conducted at our on-campus lab and includes the completion of some standardized paper and pencil tests and some computer-based activities. Participants receive compensation for their participation.
DIANE WILLIAMS at dlw81@psu.edu or 814-865-3177
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18 year(s) or older
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Speak English as primary language
Normal or corrected to normal vision
Normal hearing
With or without a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome
Exclusion Criteria:
Cannot speak sentence length English
Vision problems (uncorrected)
Hearing problems
Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Scripts for Social Phobia

This research is conducted to test if virtual reality technology is effective to help people face their social fears and promote the use of adaptive social skills in various settings. You will be immersed in a range of virtual reality environments and work with a research therapist to learn certain skills, such as managing fears of negative evaluation during job interviews, and interacting with peers in common social settings (e.g., classrooms, cafeterias).
Hani Zainal at nvz5057@psu.edu or 814-863-0115
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18 year(s) or older
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Be at least 18 years old
Experiencing significant social anxiety
Able to read, write, and understand English
Not struggling with ongoing ongoing alcohol or substance use
Not actively suicidal
Exclusion Criteria:
Not interested in engaging in mental health treatment
Not socially anxious
Men's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Understanding the Relationship between Education and Well-being among College Students with Disabilities

The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of students’ experiences in college and their engagement help-seeking and healthy behaviors. Participation in the study involves completing a brief online-survey on Qualtrics, which we anticipate will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Amber O'Shea at amo5208@psu.edu or 814-867-5721
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18 year(s) or older
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Currently enrolled as a college student
18 years of age or older
Capable of providing informed consent
Diagnosis of a disability
Able to understand written English
Exclusion Criteria:
Adults unable to provide legal consent
Individuals who are not yet legal adults
Pregnant women
Prisoners
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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A more naturalistic interaction: using back-channeling in smart-speakers to indicate active listening

In this project, we aim to extend the capabilities of smart-speakers (such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri, etc.) to support more engaging interactions with their users. Specifically, we would like to make the future of smart-speakers more conversational. One of the key aspects in developing a conversation is to be an active listener; showing interest in the speaker and allowing them to extend their turn in talk. In this study we investigate how smart-speakers can become better listeners by incorporating some of the human-human conversational features of active listening. Our question is, how can smart-speakers extend the users' turn in talk by being better listeners?
Nasim Motalebi at nfm5140@psu.edu or 814-753-2081
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18 year(s) or older
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18 years of age and older
English speaking individuals
Exclusion Criteria:
under 18 years old
non english-speaking individuals
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Storytelling on Snapchat

This study will examine via ethnographic observation the Story feature on social media. Participants will be asked to provide their Snapchat or Instagram username and must be willing to let the researcher observe the Stories that they post. The primary aims are to illuminate how and why people are using the Story feature on social media, and to analyze how this feature is changing how we relate to and understand the world around us.
Michael Krieger at mlk75@psu.edu or 646-430-0117
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
User of the Story feature on Snapchat or Instagram
At least 18 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Anyone under the age of 18 years old
Non users of social media
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health, Language & Linguistics
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Randomized trial of low nicotine cigarettes plus electronic cigarettes in smokers

This study will examine the health effects of lowering the nicotine content in cigarettes while having access to an electronic cigarette.
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT04058717
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Ages 21-70
Smoke 5 or more cigarettes per day
Must be willing to both switch to a different type of cigarette and try an electronic cigarette
No serious quit attempt or use of smoking cessation medication in the past 30 days
Meet diagnostic criteria for current or lifetime mental health condition
Exclusion Criteria:
Women who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant
Any known allergy to propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin
History of difficulty providing blood samples
Other member of the household currently participating in the study
Unstable or significant medical condition in the past 3 months
Addiction & Substance Abuse, Lung Disease & Asthma, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Assessing cognitive and psychosocial mechanisms of Useful Field of View cognitive training using ecological momentary assessment

We are interested in how brain games impact everyday life in healthy older adults. Participants will play 20 hours of brain games, and we will examine how the brain games impact everyday life. Some participants may also participate in 2 optional visits with brain MRI scans and at home sleep monitoring.
Michelle Huerbin at mlh5955@psu.edu or 814-865-4773
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT00000000
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65 or older
no diagnosis of dementia
within 40 miles of State College
available for 9 months
Exclusion Criteria:
64 or younger
dementia or motor movement disorder diagnosis
cognitive training within past 2 years
Mental & Behavioral Health
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The Daily Reflections Study

This 14-day daily diary study is being conducted to better understand how young adults' thoughts and feelings about their bodies influence their health behaviors, and how their daily experiences and characteristics contribute to their health behaviors. Participants will be asked to complete a 10-20 minute baseline survey and a brief (5-8 minutes) daily survey each day for 14 consecutive days. Surveys will include questions about participants' mental and physical health, emotions, relationships, health behaviors, thoughts, and experiences.
Anna Hochgraf at akh7@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Age 18-25 years
Enrolled in undergraduate degree program at Penn State
Access to internet between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Proficient in English language
Exclusion Criteria:
Not between ages 18-25 years
Not enrolled in undergraduate degree program at Penn State
No access to internet between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Not proficient in English language
Mental & Behavioral Health, Women's Health
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Understanding the Well-being of Advanced Counseling Students of Color

The primary objective of this study is to increase our understanding of the ways in which perceived discrimination, coping strategies, competence, stress, social support, and self-efficacy in counselor education programs relate to overall well-being for advanced counseling students of color.
Kyesha Isadore at kmi5@psu.edu or 337-326-3788
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18 year(s) or older
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Currently enrolled as a master’s or doctoral student in a counseling education program
18 years of age or older
Capable of providing informed consent without the assistance of a legal guardian
Identify as a racial or ethnic minority
Able to understand written and spoken English at the time of the survey
Exclusion Criteria:
Adults unable to consent
Individuals who are not yet adults (infants, children, teenagers)
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Examining contextual factors associated with food-related reward and eating restraint

Rates of obesity have risen sharply throughout the world over the past several decades. The increase in the availability of highly palatable, high-calorie foods may be one factor that has contributed to this trend. That is, the availability of such foods may lead to their over-consumption and corresponding weight gain. Currently, relatively little is known about how the availability of foods, per se, affects things such as the motivation to eat and the ability to resist doing so. The current study is designed to help address this knowledge gap by examining the effects of food availability in people with high levels of dietary restraint. Dietary restraint, which refers to the intention to restrict food intake deliberately in order to prevent weight gain or to promote weight, is linked to problematic patterns of eating. This project uses laboratory tasks and brain imaging to study the effects of food availability on various outcomes, including food choices, food craving, and responses in brain areas linked to motivation.
Josie Huang at suh438@psu.edu or 814-867-2333
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18 year(s) or older
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Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 45.
Participants must be right handed.
Participants must be fluent English speakers.
Participants must have a body mass index (BMI) >= 25.
Participants must have experienced food eating/weight issues.
Exclusion Criteria:
If participants are currently engaging in active dieting behaviors (e.g., a weight loss program) or they are taking medications that could alter appetite or body weight.
If participant have a lifetime history of diagnosed eating disorders, diabetes, hyperglycemia, high levels of triglycerides, or high cholesterol or other related medical conditions.
If participants have any known risk from exposure to high-field strength magnetic fields (e.g., pace makers), any irremovable metallic foreign objects in their body (e.g., braces), or a questionable history of metallic fragments.
If participants report that they are vegetarian/vegan.
If participants are not willing to refrain from using alcohol for 24 hours or from using nicotine products/recreational drugs for 3 weeks, or unwilling to fast from food for 5 hours prior to two of three lab visits.
Food & Nutrition, Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Phones, Apps, and Sedentary Time

This study is examining the relationship between physical activity and smartphone use. Over a 10-day period, activity monitoring, questionnaires, and Apple Screentime software are used to track behaviors.
Abigail Faust at avf5371@psu.edu or 814-865-7935
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Between 13 to 29 years of age
Able to read, speak, and understand English
Must own or be the sole user of an iPhone smartphone
The iPhone owned or used by the participant must be version 5S or later
Exclusion Criteria:
Currently limiting smartphone use
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Evaluation of Concert Hall Acoustics Stimuli

The overall goal of the project is to better understand how people subjectively perceive differences in concert hall acoustics. Subjects will listening to musical passages, side-by-side, in aural simulations of being in different concert halls or rooms. Subjects will then be asked to provide subjective data about the different rooms in which they are listening. The passages may be rated on subjective parameters such as preference, reverberance, warmth, clarity, envelopment, intimacy, brightness, etc. The results from this research will help to better understand how concert-goers perceive different room, and will help acoustic consultants to better design concert hall in the future to produce more pleasing acoustic environments.
Matthew Neal at mtn5048@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Must have normal hearing thresholds (tested at beginning of test)
Minimum 5 years of combinbed musical training (i.e. private lessons, ensembles, etc.)
Must be actively studying music or involved in a musical ensemble or group.
Exclusion Criteria:
Cannot have sigificant hearing loss (tested at beginning of test)
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Feasibility and acceptability of mind-body strategies to increase physical activity and reduce health disparities in rural breast cancer survivors

The purpose of this study is to explore feasibility and acceptability of mind-body strategies to increase physical activity and reduce health disparities in rural cancer survivors and inform the cultural-adaptation of a physical activity intervention for rural breast cancer survivors.
Scherezade Mama at hdpar@psu.edu or 814-863-0132
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18 year(s) or older
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At least 18 years of age
Received a cancer diagnosis previously
Lives in central Pennsylvania
Exclusion Criteria:
Below the age of 18
No history of cancer
Lives outside of the Penn State Cancer Institute's 28-county catchment area
Prevention, Mental & Behavioral Health, Cancer
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Emerging relations between attention and negative affect in the first two years of life

The CAT Lab focuses on the ways in which emotion and attention interact to shape how children navigate through their social world. We do this through questionnaires and observations of behavior in our laboratory. This particular study will examine how children respond to emotional and social events. We ask infants and their parents to visit our lab 5 times, each visit being 4-6 months apart and usually lasting a little over an hour. During each visit to our lab, we ask infants to look at pictures of people and animals on a computer monitor while we record where their eyes are looking on the screen. Children also participate in several different games and play with different toys (just like those found in a common household such as balls, puppets, plastic animals, etc.). Some of these activities involve parents and some do not, but we do ask parents to stay in the room with their child for the full visit. During visits 2-5, we would also like to collect electroencephalogram (EEG) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) data from your child. EEG measures the electrical activity in the brain using small metal sensors placed on the head with gel. RSA measures heart rate and breathing by placing small sensors on the torso. These procedures do not hurt, are low-risk, and provide real-time measurement of your child’s autonomic nervous system signals, much like an arm cuff measures blood pressure. When the sensors are removed, some children may feel like a bandage is being pulled off.
Norbert Promagan at nup21@psu.edu or 814-867-2322
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infant is at least 3.5 months of age
infant born within +/- 3 weeks of due date
Infants without any serious medical complications
Infants of a healthy birth weight (>2500g; >5 lbs, 8 oz.)
Exclusion Criteria:
infant not of healthy gestational age
infants <2500g; <5lbs, 8 oz at birth
Infants who experienced any serious medical complications
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA
State College, PA

Young Children’s Representations of Parent-Child Negotiation

The goal of this study is to learn how young children think and tell stories about challenges between parents and children. Children will play games and tell stories using toys while caregivers fill out surveys and talk to researchers. This will occur twice, about 6 months apart. Qualities of children's stories, their language and regulation skills, demographic information about children and caregivers, and parenting behaviors will be examined.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu or 717-948-6404
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Children between the ages of 5 and 7
At least one caregiver of a child between ages 5 and 7
English-speaking
Middle income
Caregiver at least 18 years old
Exclusion Criteria:
Caregivers that are not fluent in English
Children that are not fluent in English
Children who are unable to tell stories with a researcher due to developmental disability or language delay
Children who are younger than 5 or older than 7
Low or high income
Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Harrisburg, PA

Biobehavioral Health Risk and Resilience in College Students (PSU THRIVE Study)

This protocol is designed to examine biobehavioral health risks, resilience, grit, forgiveness and well-being in college students.
Laura Klein at lcklein@psu.edu or 814-883-8624
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18 year(s) or older
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Fulltime undergraduate student
18 to 24 years of age
English is a primary language
Exclusion Criteria:
Not enrolled as a full time undergraduate student
Under age of 18 years
Over age of 24 years
Not comfortable speaking English
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Monetary Reward Processing and Emotion Regulation in Adolescence: An fMRI pilot Study

This research is being done to identify patterns of brain activation underlying monetary reward processing and emotion regulation in adolescence, as well as correspondence between parent and adolescent neural activation. Children and their parents will complete questionnaires. Children will complete computer tasks during EEG and in an MRI scanner. Parents can also complete the MRI scan if interested.
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Ages 12--16 years
Fluent in English
No history of treatment for psychiatric disorders
Exclusion Criteria:
Intellectual or developmental disabilities
Visual or hearing impairments
Inability to complete MRI scan due a pacemaker, aneurysm clips or any metal in body (e.g., braces, surgical devices)
Currently pregnant or lactating
Neurological disease (e.g., stroke, tumor, Parkinson’s disease, etc.)
Children's Health, Neurology, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Hershey, PA

Stress, Gene Expression, &amp; Disease Susceptibility

This research is being done to investigate the mechanisms linking early life stress to disease susceptibility. In order to better understand the underlying mechanism, we need to identify how target cells respond and adapt to stress. One way to test this mechanism is to see how specific genes are activated over a short period of time.
Megan Zinobile at muz144@psu.edu or 814-689-9017
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18 year(s) or older
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NCT03637751
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Between the ages of 18 and 25
Must currently be a non-smoker
Cannot use medications on a regular basis besides oral contraceptives
Females must use oral contraceptives
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Cannot have a significant medical illness or endocrine illness
Cannot have had a recent infection or illness
Females cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding
Cannot be a current smoker
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Participation in Rural Settings to Engage in Communities (PARSEC): A program to increase community participation for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This is a longitudinal study that will examine the effectiveness of a program to increase community participation for adults with autism living in rural communities in Pennsylvania.
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18 year(s) or older
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Autism
Living in a rural community
English speaking
Able to self-report
High school graduate
Exclusion Criteria:
Inability to provide consent
Mental & Behavioral Health
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Caregiver's Perceptions of High-quality Early Education and Care

This is an exploratory study which looks at how caregivers define high-quality early education and care. Participants will fill out a questionnaire containing open-ended and closed-ended questions. It will take participants no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
Hannah Mudrick at hxm99@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Adults age 18 and older
Adults who are fluent in English
Adults who are regular caregivers of children between birth and age 5
Individuals who can read and respond to written close- and open-ended survey questions electronically
Individuals who live in the United States
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals under the age of 18
Individuals who are not fluent in English
Individuals who are not regular caregivers of children between birth and age 5
Individuals with poor reading comprehension and are otherwise limited in their ability to read and respond to survey questions
Individuals who do not currently live in the United States of America
Children's Health, Education, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Depressive Symptomatology and Inflammation

The purpose of this research is to investigate the associations between depressive symptoms and inflammation. The researchers are studying how specific symptoms of depression (such as fatigue, sadness, impaired concentration, and loss of pleasure) are related to markers of inflammation, which is a key component of our immune system. Volunteers with depressive symptoms, as well as volunteers without depressive symptoms are needed for this research study. This study includes an online survey to determine eligibility and one in-lab visit. Participants who are eligible will be scheduled for one in-lab visit (2.5-3h for participants with depressive symptoms &amp; 1-2h for participants without depressive symptoms), where they will be asked to answer surveys with questions related to depressive symptoms and complete a number of tasks (using an iPad and a touch screen phone) that measure thinking skills including attention, memory and reaction time. Participants will also undergo a single blood draw to assess inflammatory markers.
Brooke Mattern at bcm5214@psu.edu
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Men and women between the ages of 18-50 years
Have been diagnosed with depression or may experience depressive symptoms (e.g., decreased energy, sadness)
If female: pre-menopausal, not pregnant or nursing
Fluent in English
Exclusion Criteria:
Chronic inflammatory or autoimmune disorders
started antidepressants in the last month
Current eating disorder
Taking anti-inflammatory agent (e.g., Advil), lipid-lowering agents (e.g., statins) everyday within the past month
Diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other psychotic disorders
Mental & Behavioral Health
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State College, PA

Decreasing Stress in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial (DE-STRESS T2D)

The purpose of this study is to find out how two different stress reduction programs affect blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Participants will attend eighteen study sessions where they will take part in one or more of the following activities: breathing exercises, meditation, stretching exercises or health education activities. Participants will undergo questionnaires, blood tests, and a brief physical exam at baseline, eight weeks, six months, and one year. Compensation is provided.
Ellen Stoute at estoute@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-8395
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NCT04016415
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Age 18 years or older
Type 2 diabetes diagnosed for one year or more
Hemoglobin A1c 8% or greater
Have a smartphone
Able to attend 14 study treatment sessions
Exclusion Criteria:
Current suicidality, history of significant psychopathology such as bipolar disorder or psychosis
History of an inpatient admission for psychiatric disorder within the past two years
Active alcohol or drug abuse
Inability to read, write or speak English
Current enrollment in a stress reduction program, or in any other investigative study
Mental & Behavioral Health, Diabetes & Hormones
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Hershey, PA

Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS)

This study will examine various factors within the home of children adopted from the child welfare system between the ages of 4 and 10 that may impact their development. At the current time, there are two planned home visits, each 1-year apart. The children and parents will not be required to travel for sessions as all visits will occur in the home. This research will help understand the factors that impact the development of children adopted from the child welfare system and how we may better serve these children and their families.
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Child age between 4 and 10
Child legally adopted by the caregiver
The same caregiver will participate in each of 2 in-home assessment sessions
Exclusion Criteria:
Child diagnosed with intellectual disability
A legally adoptive caregiver is a biological relative of the child
Children's Health, Mental & Behavioral Health
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Altoona, PA
Carlisle, PA
DuBois, PA
Erie, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Hazleton, PA
Hershey, PA
Mont Alto, PA
Reading, PA
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Sharon, PA
State College, PA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area, PA
Williamsport, PA
York, PA