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Research/Studies: Eating disorder researchers are always seeking subjects for their studies. We assist by promoting their work through our networks.

By learning more and developing effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for eating disorders, we can better help the millions of people who struggle with an Eating Disorder.

We support researchers in testing their theories and obtaining needed data. If you’re a researcher looking to promote your study and solicit candidates to participate, please contact us.

Participate in studies: If you’re an individual who struggles with or is in recovery from an eating disorder, or a family member/loved one supporting someone with an eating disorder, and would like to participate in a study for which you meet the criteria, please see below.

1. Does your eating feel out of control?

Researchers at McLean Hospital are interested in how the brain functions during decision making in young women.

Earn up to $425 participating in a research study.

The study involves up to 2 visits, which include MRI scans of your brain while you make everyday decisions.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Identify as female
  • Are 18-40 years old
  • Frequently experience eating that feels out of control or like a binge
  • Do not have diabetes or severe medical disease

Study Location: McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

Principal Investigator: Kristin Javaras, DPhil, PhD

(617-855-4080, McLeanDecisionMakingStudy@partners.org)

Find out more at: https://is.gd/DMSsurvey

2. Teens with Depression Study

What’s your opinion on how to help teens with depression?

Researchers at Butler Hospital and Brown University are conducting focus groups for teens and parents to share their ideas about yoga and group therapy for teens with depression. Eligible participants are teens between the ages of 13 and 18 who are currently experiencing some symptoms of depression, not currently practicing yoga, and not currently participating in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression. Parents of teen participants are also invited to share their ideas. Parents and teens will each be compensated $35 for participation. For more information, visit butler.org/TeenThrive/PhaseOne, or call (401) 455-6657 to talk with our research team.

3. Seeking Survey Participants

You are invited to participate in a study looking at characteristics of the therapeutic relationship and the treatment of adolescents (aged 13 to 18 years) with Eating Disorders. My name is Taylor Groth, and I am a doctoral candidate at Adelphi University working with Dr. Mark Hilsenroth. I am looking for licensed mental health professionals at the masters and doctoral level to complete the survey below:


The study has been approved by the Adelphi University Review Board (IRB #030318). Please see the attached document for more details and share the survey with any of your colleagues, as it would be greatly appreciated.

Contact me with any questions at taylorgroth@mail.adelphi.edu or Dr. Mark Hilsenroth at hilsenroth@adelphi.edu.

Thank you for your time and participation,

Taylor Groth
Clinical PhD Student
Derner School of Psychology
Adelphi University

4. Research Study: The REACT Study 

REACT is a 12-week study for females ages 14-30 who have missed their period in the past 6 months because of exercise activity or restrictive eating behaviors. The study examines the impact of estrogen on cognitive performance and decision-making through brain imaging (fMRI), measurements of hormones, and various measures and tasks. Our hope is that we can provide information to develop more specific and targeted treatment plans for those suffering with eating disorders. Visits take place at either Mass General in Boston or McLean Hospital in Belmont. Participants will be compensated up to $500 for this study and receive MGH parking validation. Transportation costs can be reimbursed. If interested, please take a moment to complete our pre-screening survey: REACT ELIGBILITY SURVEY

5. Adult Bone Health Study

IGF-1 and Bone Loss in Women with Anorexia Nervosa

Evaluating the effects of two medications on bone density, structure and strength in women with anorexia nervosa.

  • 18-45 years old
  • 10 outpatient visits over 12 months
  • Bone density scan, physical examination, nutritional and hormonal evaluations
  • Up to $1000 compensation, as well as reimbursement for parking and transportation.

Contact Erinne Meenaghan at 617-724-7393 or email myresearch@partners.org for more information

6. Do you consider yourself a “picky eater”? Do you forget to eat or worry that eating will make you vomit or choke?

We are conducting a research study at Massachusetts General Hospital using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the effects of eating a limited variety of foods on hormones and brain activity. COMPENSATION UP TO $550

 The study includes:

  • Measurement of hormones and safety labs
  • Physical and psychological assessments
  • Neuroimaging MRI scans
  • Sensory tasks
  • 1 brief screening visit, main study visit and 2 brief follow-up visits

You may be eligible to participate if you are a male 18 to 23 years old.  Contact our team mkuhnle@mgh.harvard.edu.

7. Transdermal Estrogen in Older Women with Anorexia Nervosa

The purpose of this study is to see if an estrogen patch can increase bone density in women with anorexia nervosa. The patch is already FDA approved for osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, but we’re trying to see if it works just as well in treating bone loss associated with anorexia. The drug is a patch, so it’s noninvasive, and it’s a low dose of estrogen that is less than you’d get from a birth control. The study involves an initial screening visit, 3 3-hour visits over 6 months, and four 15-minute phone check-ins in the meantime. The in-person visits include an MRI, XCT scan, bone density scan, nutritional evaluation and blood draw. Subjects would get $450 for completing the study, and we would reimburse them for travel and cover parking at each visit.

For more information and to find out if you’re eligible to participate, please contact Sai Polineni at 617-724-5406 or spolineni@partners.org.You can also fill out our confidential preliminary screening questionnaire at https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=GepGJ67UYo.