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Study #1: Early Life Stress and Depression Research Study

Did you experience unwanted sexual contact before the age of 15?


Researchers at the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research are seeking volunteers to understand the link between mood, stress, and the brain. This study includes several tasks, questionnaires, and scans completed over four sessions. Participation involves a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan, a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, and an electroencephalography (EEG) recording to examine brain activity. At one session, you will also be asked to provide saliva samples which will be analyzed for hormone levels.



You may be eligibile to participate if you:


  • are between the ages 20-45 years

  • experienced unwanted sexual contact during childhood (before age 15)

  • are not currently taking psychiatric medications




If eligible to participate, you can receive up to $555. Reimbursement for travel is also available.


If you are interested in participating in this (or any other study) at our lab, please click here to complete a short online recruitment survey to see if you might qualify! All information will be kept strictly confidential to our research study staff and information obtained in this survey will be used for research recruitment purposes only.

You may also email us at or call us at 617-855-4236 with any questions. All calls and emails are confidential.


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