Current Projects

The neuroRED project  neuroRED2

The neuroRED project is a NIMH-funded longitudinal study at the University of Maryland focusing on first-year university students. The purpose of this research project is to understand how emotions are organized in the brain, how they differ from person to person, and ways in which these differences can influence the risk of developing an anxiety disorder or depression. Understanding these processes may clarify why some people develop mental illness and, ultimately, could set the stage for developing better ways of identifying high-risk individuals before they get ill and better treatments for those who do get ill.

The neuroRED project incorporates lab assessments, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), clinical assessments, and fMRI to study neurobehavioral risk in the development of depression and mood disorders.

If you are a freshman enrolled at the University of Maryland who is interested in participating in the neuroRED project, please reach out to our project coordinator, Allegra Anderson (aander13@umd.edu).

Read more about the project here.

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The smokeScan Project  SAX_logo

 

The smokeScan project is a study at the University of Maryland funded by the Department
of Psychology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).  The study involves an initial laboratory session, a brain imaging session, and mobile “on the go” surveys.

The purpose of this research project is to use a combination of brain imaging procedures and mobile phone questionnaires to understand the role of anxiety and the brain in tobacco use and addiction. Understanding these processes may clarify why some people develop and maintain dependence, and may set the stage for developing better interventions to aid quitting.

All individuals interested in participating in the smokeScan project are encouraged to reach out to our project coordinator, Samisha Islam (sislam12@umd.edu).

Read more about the project here.

 

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The neuroTeen Project   NeuroteenProject final picture

 

The neuroTeen Project is a study at the University of Maryland aimed at understanding how patterns of activity in the brain relate to anxious emotion and social interactions in teenagers. Teen’s participation involves answering questionnaires, completing tasks on a computer, and completing tasks while receiving a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Parents of participants also answer some questionnaires and complete an interview about their child.

All individuals interested in participating in the neuroTeen project are encouraged to email us at neuroTeen.umd@gmail.com.