Parents and Adolescents Needed

Parents and Adolescents Needed


  • Do you have a child who is 13-17 years old?
  • Has your child recently been experiencing sad or irritable moods?
  • Has he/she lost interest in his/her activities?

If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a study of the biological link between stress and depression in teenagers. The study takes place in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. We are examining biological factors that measure stress in the body and brain and see how they relate to changes in mood symptoms over time in depressed teenagers.

If your child is eligible, he/she will 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!

Eligible participants will receive $20/hour for their time, up to $30 for completion of all follow-ups, and $10 per device for an optional digital data collection portion. We will schedule the visits around your availability (daytime, evenings, and weekends are all fine).

To be eligible for this study:

  • 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

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

guitarIf 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 “Adolescent Depression and Stress Study” in your phone call or email.