Current Studies

Below you'll find information about our ongoing studies. Please let us know if you are interested in participating. The contact information for each study is listed along with the study descriptions below. If you would like to participate in a study, but do not know which you qualify for, please call our study staff at (415) 504-2263 or email bandlab@ucsf.edu. Click here to learn about our Completed Studies.

Current Studies: 

Psychobiological Assessment and Enhancement of Team Cohesion and Psychological Resilience using a Virtual Team Cohesion Test

Enhanced Cohesion Oxytocin Study (ECHO)

The purpose of this study is to examine the interaction oxytocin has on group cohesion and group dynamics in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets and healthy civilians. Click here for the background of this project!

We are currently looking for both ROTC cadets and healthy civilians for ECHO between the ages of 18 to 28. The participant must speak English fluently and be able to effectively use a nasal spray. If you would like to participate in ECHO as a healthy participant or ROTC cadet, please call (415) 326-6068 or email our study recruiter at bandlab@ucsf.edu for more information. 

 

The effects of oxytocin on social ability, alcohol approach bias, and startle hyperreactivity in veterans with alcohol use disorder and post traumatic stress disorder

PTSD Oxytocin Project (POP)

This study aims to examine the therapeutic effectiveness of oxytocin administration in people with a duel diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD).

We are currently looking for participants with a diagnosis of PTSD and AUD between the ages of 18 to 55. The participant must speak English fluently and be able to effectively use a nasal spray. If you would like to participate in POP as a healthy participant or patient, please call (415) 221-4810x25106 or email our study recruiter at bandlab@ucsf.edu for more information.

 

Mechanisms and Effects of Oxytocin on Social Cognition in Schizophrenia - Behavioral

Adult Oxytocin Study - Behavioral (OT)

The purpose of this study is to test the effects of oxytocin on the abilities of patients with schizophrenia to engage socially with others.

We are currently looking for both healthy controls and patients for OT. We are looking for individuals between the ages of 18 and 70 who do not have a current diagnosis of a psychiatric or neurological disorder to participate in this study as healthy controls. We are currently looking for individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 who have a current diagnosis of schizophrenia, schisophreniform or schizoaffective disorder to participate in this study as patients. If you would like to participate in OT as a healthy control or as a patient, please call (415) 504-2263 or email the OT team at bandlab@ucsf.edu for more information.

 

Mechanisms and Effects of Oxytocin on Social Cognition in Schizophrenia - fMRI

Adult Oxytocin Study - Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

The purpose of this study is to investigate how oxytocin affects brain functions that are related to social deficits in recent-onset schizophrenia. We will enroll both individuals with schizophrenia and control subjects in the study.

We are currently looking for both healthy controls and patients for fMRI. We are looking for males between the ages of 18 and 50 who speak English, are in good physical health, have no current substance abuse, have no metal implants or braces and have no current diagnosis of psychiatric or neurological disorders to participate in this study as healthy controls. We are looking for males between the ages of 18 and 50 who speak English, are in good physical health, have no current substance abuse, have no metal implants or braces and have been diagnosed with schizophrenia to participate in this study as patients. If you would like to participate in our fMRI study as a healthy control or as a patient, please call (415) 504-2263 or email the fMRI team at bandlab@ucsf.edu for more information.

 

Investigating The Chronic Effects of Oxytocin on Alleviating Social Cognitive Deficits in Patients With Schizophrenia

Longitudinal Oxytocin fMRI Trial (LOfT)

This is a three week study that includes 3 separate testing appointments over the course of 3 weeks, including a 2-week at home dosing regimen of oxytocin. The first appointment will include an overall explanation on the structure of the study as well as a computer task. Following the first appointment the participant will complete surveys and phone call assessments twice a day from home for about a week. At the second appointment, the participant will complete several additional computer tasks and then be given a 2-week supply of oxytocin to self-administer twice a day for two weeks. Throughout the 2-week period the participant would also complete an online survey and a phone call assessment twice a day from home. During this period, the participant would fill out a daily survey that would examine social cognitive measures in addition to the daily dosing. After the 14 days the participant would come in for one final appointment in our lab where they would be doing some more computer tasks. The initial appointment would last about 1.5 hours and the other 2 visits will take about 3 hours each. In terms of payment, the participant would be paid $20/hour up to 2 hours for the baseline visit and up to 4 hours for each testing day plus a $25 bonus per testing day, if all tasks are successfully  completed. For the three weeks of remote participation, the participant will be paid $120. For completing the whole study, the participant should make around $450.

Inclusion Criteria: Must have already participated in our ASO-fMRI study or must be willing to participate in it before participating in LOfT (must meet all criteria for our ASO-fMRI study).

 

Effects of Oxytocin on Familial Interactions

Dyad Oxytocin Study (DOS)

The purpose of this study is to test the effects of oxytocin on interactions in families with a child or ward with a psychotic illness or autism spectrum disorder.

We are currently looking for healthy control diads for DOS. We are looking for pairs of a child or ward between the ages of 14 and 45 AND a parent or caregiver between the ages of 18 and 75, niether of whom have a history of psychological or neurological disorders, to participate in this study as healthy control dyads. If you and another individual would like to participate in DOS as a healthy control dyad, please call (415) 504-2263 email the DOS team at bandlab@ucsf.edu for more information.