Become a Paid Research Participant

We are always looking for people to participate in our paid research here at Stanford University. Please read the criteria below to determine whether you might qualify to participate.


This is a study through the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab. We are looking at how mood affects the brain and body. More specifically, we are looking at patterns between biomarkers (like markers of stress/inflammation in the brain and blood such as cortisol, cytokines and brain functioning) and depressive symptoms in adolescents. In this study we are doing that through an fMRI brain scan and a small finger blood prick sample.

Your teen might be eligible to participate in one of our studies if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • You must have a child between the ages of 13-17 years who has recently been experiencing sad moods, irritability or has had a lack of interest in their activities
  • You must be a US citizen or non-citizen with a Green Card
  • You must read and speak English fluently
  • You should have no immediate plans to leave the Bay Area

If your child is eligible to participate, you and your child may earn $20 for each hour that you participate in our research at Stanford University. He/she will also have the opportunity to visit Stanford University and participate in interviews, complete questionnaires, do some computer activities, and have scans taken of his/her brain. Participants will receive a picture of their brain as a souvenir!   

Your participation in all study related activities, including requests for information, will be kept strictly confidential.

Contact Information

If you would like to receive more information about this study, please contact study coordinator Johanna Walker at: or (650) 721-5077. Please refer to the “Teen Mood Study” in your phone call or email.


Are you expecting or do you have a baby who is 6 months old or younger?

Stanford University’s Psychology Department is currently seeking mothers who are pregnant or who have an infant age 6-month-old or younger for a paid research study.

What will we do? You will participate in interviews and complete questionnaires. If you have an infant, we will invite you to bring your infant to our lab to complete an interaction activity, and then have a scan taken of your baby’s brain. The study takes place in the Psychology Department at Stanford University.

When will this occur? We will schedule visits around your availability (daytime, evenings, or weekends are all fine). Eligible mothers and mother- infant pairs will receive $25/hour for their time, with a commitment of up to 10 hours for both sessions.

To be eligible for this study, you must:
**be at least 18 years old
**be pregnant OR have a child who is 6 months old (or younger)
**be in good physical health
**read and speak English
**have no immediate plans to leave the Bay Area

Will my information be kept private? Your performance in all study-related activities, including requests for information will be kept completely confidential.

To get started: Fill out a secure online survey at or call 650-736-2318 to reach the study coordinator, Marissa Roth. Questions about participants’ rights? Call 1-866-680-2906.