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Participate in a Research Study

The following research programs are currently seeking volunteers.

Online Surveys for Adults | Online Surveys for Children and/or Parents

California | Connecticut | Florida | Illinois: Hair Pulling Medication Study | Illinois: Skin Picking Study

Massachusetts | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin


Online Research Surveys for Adults with Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, and Related Behaviors

Online survey study about relationships and trichotillomania

American University is recruiting adults with trichotillomania who are interested in helping with research that aims to improve the existing treatments. Participation is confidential and involves answering questions about your hair pulling and relationships for about 20 minutes. All participants who complete the study will be entered into a raffle for a $10 Amazon gift card. 

The survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LQF9RSF

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Martha Falkenstein, a graduate student at American University, at hairpullingstudy@gmail.com


Hair-Pulling Urges and Everyday Urges
We are interested in better understanding the nature of hair-pulling urges, and how these urges compare to other, everyday urges.  If you experience hair-pulling urges, we invite you to participate in an online survey.  You do not need to have been formally diagnosed with trichotillomania in order to participate.

In this survey, you will have the chance to help us better understand what it is like to have hair-pulling urges and how these urges compare to everyday urges that people experience.

The survey should take you about 30-35 minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous.  If you wish to take a break in the middle of the survey, you may do so.  You will be able to return to the survey where you left off by clicking on the survey link again (on the same computer and browser).  Your responses will remain anonymous.

You can access the survey at the following link: https://umichumhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cvbs88Jxr8akKxL

Trichotillomania & Skin Picking Disorder: Comorbidity with Other Disorders
My name is Sophia Alapati, and I’m a rising senior at the College of William and Mary. I am earning my B.S. in Psychology and minoring in Classical Civilizations, with the eventual goal of becoming a psychologist and working with people who have BFRBs. I’ve been a member of TLC since I started pulling out my eyebrows when I was nine.

I was given a grant by my school to conduct research on a topic of my choice, and I’m conducting a study on comorbidity of trich and skin-picking with other disorders, specifically focusing on attention behaviors. I collected eighty-one responses at the TLC conference in Los Angeles this April, and I would love to hear from anyone who couldn’t make it. If you are an adult (over the age of 18) with trich and/or skin-picking, or you are the parent of a minor with trich and/or skin-picking, you’re eligible to take this survey. Also, feel free to check out my research blog, where you can see updates in my data analysis and (eventually) my results.

Thank you very much for your support,
Sophia Alapati
Link to my research blog: http://upperclassmonroe.blogs.wm.edu/author/smalapati/
Link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8T3BFDJ

Trichotillomania Online Survey- for those currently engaging in hair pulling behavior
University of Glasgow, UK has a new trichotillomania study.  If you are currently pulling (not pull-free for more than 6 weeks), we'd love your help with a reaction time task.  You just need to be in silence and give it half an hour of your attention.
You need to sign up with an email address but this is just to record your results and will not be shared with anyone.
IMPORTANT: the study will not work on a cell/phone tablet, so please use a pc/laptop in a quiet room with no distractions.
To take part, please go to: http://experiments.psy.gla.ac.uk/ and select the study called SPOT THE DOT!
Contact judith.stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk if you need more information

Volunteers wanted to help learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Volunteers wanted to help learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a study being conducted through George Mason University.  If you have, or think you have, BDD or OCD, you can contribute to scientific knowledge about risk factors for poor outcomes in these disorders.  Participation is confidential and involves completing questionnaires about your experiences online, at your convenience.  All participants are entered in a raffle for compensation (up to 75 participants will receive compensation).

If you are interested in participating, visit this website for further information and to complete the survey: https://gmupsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0VbNTiY74GZOnGt

Principal Investigator Dr. Chandra Sripada, MD, PhD
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/people/faculty/ci.sripadachandra_ci.detail

Development of a Measure of Beliefs in Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) are currently developing and evaluating a measure of thoughts and beliefs associated with Trichotillomania.  It is hoped that their efforts will increase awareness of Trichotillomania in Australia, and that the final measure may be used internationally to generate insights into the condition that will facilitate the development of comprehensive, effective treatment strategies.

They are seeking individuals with and without trichotillomania who are over age 18 to participate in this research.  Participants will be asked to anonymously complete questionnaires online, which will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

For more information and to be directed to the survey, click on this link: http://www.psychsurveys.org/trichotillomania/beliefs

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact either:
Dr. Maja Nedeljkovic, Principle Investigator, email: mnedeljkovic@swin.edu.au
Miss Imogen Rehm, Student Investigator, email: irehm@swin.edu.au

Intimacy in the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum
University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX
If you are an adult with OCD, Trichotillomania (i.e., hairpulling), or Compulsive Skin Picking, you are invited to participate in a brief online survey.  With the information gathered from this survey, we hope to understand concerns related to intimacy with individuals presenting with these conditions. While there is no direct benefit to participants, the study hopes to better understand intimacy and whether it should be addressed in treatment for OCD, Trichotillomania, and Compulsive Skin Picking. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. All information provided will be kept completely anonymous.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chad Wetterneck at wetterneck@uhcl.edu or 281-283-3364.
You can access the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ocspectrumintimacy


Online Research Survey for Children/Adolescents

A web-based computerized cognitive training program for children with trichotillomania
Do you know anyone between the ages 8 and 17 who pulls her/his hair? If you do, they may be eligible to participate in this research study.  The Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is conducting research on the effectiveness of a web-based computerized treatment program for compulsive hair-pulling (trichotillomania).  The study will take up to 2 months to complete, treatment is free, and participants will be paid with $50 gift cards when they complete the study.  This is a web-based study that allows individuals with an internet-connected computer (with a video-conferencing capability such as Skype) to participate without a geographic limitation.

For more information, please contact:
Han Joo Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
414-229-5858
email: leehj@uwm.edu


Regional Research Studies

 

Los Angeles, CA

Research Opportunity For Kids and Teens With Trichotillomania (TTM)
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Conducted by Tara Peris, PhD
We Are Studying Non-Drug Behavioral Therapy (BT) and the Brain in Trichotillomania (TTM)

  • Do you have or think you might have TTM? Do you:
  • Do you have frequent urges to pull you hair?
  • Do you have noticeable hair loss?
  • Do you have mounting tension before pulling your hair?
  • Do you have a feeling of relief or gratification after pulling?

If you‚Äôre a boy or girl ages 7-17 and one or more of the above apply‚Äď you may be eligible for our study
Eligible Participants Will Receive:

  • Free Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Brain Scans
  • Free guidance for a treatment plan
  • Free clinical and cognitive testing
    For more information, please contact: Olivia Johnson at (310) 825-2064

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

Does your child pull his or her hair? Are you currently seeking treatment for your child?

Study Title: Habit Reversal Training for Children and Adolescents with Trichotillomania: A Controlled Trial  ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida are currently investigating how well a treatment called Habit Reversal Training (HRT) works to help children and teenagers with Trichotillomania manage and reduce their hair pulling.

All children who qualify for the study will receive eight sessions of HRT. The study also involves four visits to the clinic where you and your child will participate in study assessments. These assessments will involve answering questions about your child’s hair pulling and other psychological symptoms.

To be in the study, your child must:

  • Be between the ages of 7 and 17 years old
  • Have significant hair pulling
  • Not have any health problems that could interfere with study participation

There is no cost to participating in this study. We will not charge you for HRT or any of the evaluations.

For more information, please contact the study coordinator, Amanda Collier, at the Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry at the University of South Florida at (727) 767-7376.

Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry
Principal Investigators: Dr. Adam Lewin & Dr. Omar Rahman
880 6th Street South, Suite 460
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
rothmanctr@health.usf.edu


Chicago, IL

University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program

 

Hair Pulling Disorder Medication Study
Have you tried different medications but are still struggling to stop pulling your hair?
We are currently seeking volunteers for a 10 week research study using an experimental drug for hair pulling.
The study will involve 6 visits. Participants will be compensated. You must be at least 18 years old.

If interested, please contact study staff at 773-702-9066

University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program
Dr. Jon Grant is directing this study at the University of Chicago.

Skin Picking Study
Do you pick your skin?  Is it causing problems? Does it feel out of control? We at the University of Chicago are currently seeking volunteers for a drug study using a supplement for skin picking. 

Participation in either study requires several visits to our Chicago study center.  As a result, those interested in participating must live within the Chicago metro area and must be at least 18 years of age. 

If interested in either of these studies, please contact Katherine Derbyshire for more information.

Sarah Redden
Psychiatric Research Specialist
University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry
Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Research Program
ph: 773-702-9066
sredden@uchicago.edu.

Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH
University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry


Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital- Trichotillomania Clinic

Do you pull out your hair?
Dr. Nancy Keuthen is conducting a genetics research study of compulsive hair pulling at Massachusetts General Hospital. You may be eligible if you are 18-65 years of age and frequently pull out your hair.

If eligible for this research study, you will come to MGH for one study visit that will include an interview, several self-report scales, and a blood draw. Study participation will take 3-6 hours of your time. You will be paid $50 for participating.

*If interested, please call MGH Trichotillomania Clinic at 617-643-8464 or email ewu9@partners.org.


Kent, OH

Children with Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania) Needed for Family Assessment Study

Does your child pull out his/her hair? Does this pulling cause a problem at school, with friends, or at home? The Child Anxiety Research (CARe) Program is looking for youths who pull out their hair ages 9-17 and one of their parents to participate in a research study. Those eligible receive a full assessment of symptoms, compensation, and written feedback including potential diagnoses and treatment options and referrals.  Children can EARN UP TO $75 IN GIFT CARDS for participation.

If you and your child might be interested in this research study, you can contact us at 330-672-2200 or visit our website: www.ChildAnxietyResearchProgram.com

**Not all families will qualify. Duration of participation for these families will not exceed 2 hours.

This posting has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board.


Philadelphia, PA

Child/Adolescent OCD, Tics, Trichotillomania and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)

Does your child suffer from trichotillomania? Martin Franklin, PhD, is examining treatments for children at The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in Philadelphia. Participants will receive either Behavior Therapy or Supportive Counseling.  Children and adolescents, ages 10 through 17, who repetitively pull their hair may be eligible to participate in this study. Must live in the greater Philadelphia area to particpate.

For more information on this program, contact:
Kristin Benavides
COTTAGe
Phone: 215-746-3327
Email: kben@mail.med.upenn.edu

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Study: Developing Effective Response Inhibition Training for Symptom Relief in OCD

We are currently testing computer-based treatment programs designed to help adults (aged 18-60) suffering from problematic repetitive behaviors, including

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Compulsive hair pulling (Trichotillomania)

This research is conducted at the Psychology Training Clinic, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (sponsored by the NIMH).  All study procedures will be completed in our clinic located within the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the two similar computer-based training conditions designed to help improve symptoms for individuals with OCD or Trichotillomania. As the first step of the study, we will conduct a pre-screening assessment to determine whether the person is eligible for the study. Our computer-based treatment program is provided to eligible participants, and each participant will receive compensation for completing the study.

If you are interested in our study, please contact us at (414) 416-4249, or adl@uwm.edu for more details about the study.

Sincerely,

Han Joo Lee, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Director, Anxiety Disorders Laboratory
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


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