RESEARCH

The IMPACT Lab has a number of ongoing research studies. Read below to find out more:

The Digital Phenotype of Bipolar Disorder: Harnessing Technology to Identify the Onset of Bipolar Mood Episodes

The goal of this study is to find out whether data collected by smartphone’s sensors (like how much the phone is used, when the phone is off/on, how much the phone moves around) can help us to predict changes mood or behavior.

In order to participate, you must:

  • be 14-18 years old

  • have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder OR not have any mental health disorder

  • own and use a smartphone

  • be willing to give us access to your phone’s sensor data

  • complete monthly phone interviews and surveys

  • wear an actigraph watch (we will provide it)

Check out our study website for more information. Or contact us with questions!

The GENEactiv study

This goal of this study is to use a wrist-based actigraph, the GENEActiv, to assess stability and quality of sleep and physical activity in adolescent inpatients over the course of hospitalization. We hypothesize that patients whose actigraphy data show disturbed sleep and low or inconsistent patterns of physical activity will be more likely to be rehospitalized than patients who achieve quality sleep and regular activity before discharge.

The goal of this study is to investigate how the Coronavirus (COVID19) is affecting young people in order to determine how it is affecting academic, social, and mental health outcomes. We are recruiting young people, ages 13-22, to tell us about their experiences. Participants will complete a 20-minute online questionnaire to tell us about their experiences. We will then follow up with them every two months for one year to see how they are doing.

Click here for more information!

Loves Company: Combatting Emotional Disturbance in the Digital Age
 

The goal of this study is to determine whether a community-based website that is intended to provide support for adolescents experiencing psychological distress can improve members’ mental health outcomes. We are also interested in finding out whether young people who are suffering and may be unlikely to access more traditional forms of mental health services, will make use of digital mental health resources.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 17 and are interested in learning more about this study, contact us here!