Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Mood and Anxiety Disorders Treatment & Research Program

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Current Studies Listing

We currently have many research studies offering treatments for individuals who have symptoms of depression.

Medication-Based Studies

Several of our medication-based studies are exploring the use of a new medication in combination with an already prescribed antidepressant medication.  These studies are for individuals who have not received enough benefit from the antidepressant medications that they are currently taking.

We have a medication-based study exploring the use of a recently approved antidepressant in the prevention of recurrent depression.

We also have a medication-based study for individuals who are taking an antidepressant medication and are doing well, but are experiencing sexual side effects from this medication.

Lastly, we have a medication-based study for individuals with depression who are currently experiencing suicidal ideation.  These individuals would require voluntary hospitalization.

Therapy-Based Studies

We are also offering two studies for the treatment of MDD, using computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT)

One study is for individuals who have depression but are not currently taking an antidepressant medication.

The other study is for individuals who have a diagnosis of both depression and HIV.

Observational Studies

We also have a study for individuals who have been diagnosis with depression in the past but are currently experiencing very few or no symptoms of depression.  This study does not provide any treatment.

If you are interested in participating in one of these studies, please go to: and complete an online screening form.  Completing this screening form will take approximately 15-20 minutes. You do not have to answer any question you do not wish to answer and you may stop at any time.

We will keep your answers to these questions confidential.

If you do not qualify for one of our research studies now, we will keep the information you give us so that we may contact you in the future about new studies.

If you wish to speak to someone on the phone, please call us at 215-898-4301.  Ask to speak with a research coordinator. 

We also collaborate on the following studies:

  • The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program treats and studies sleep disorders, primarily insomnia.  We provide not only the highest standard of care for Insomnia (both with cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia, CBT-I, and/or Pharmacotherapy) but also provide for a full spectrum of non-drug interventions for most of the non-medical sleep disorders.  For more information visit: or call 215-7-insomn (215-746-7666)

  • Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy: We also collaborate with psychologists who are exploring the use of mindfulness in the treatment of acute health problems, depression and anxiety.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 215-898-4301.



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