Getting Started

At any given time, we typically have several ongoing research studies take place at CEH. These may include treatment studies (in which care for mental health difficulties is provided as part of participation) and/or research projects aimed at better understanding a variety of mental conditions (often participants are paid for their time). Check out descriptions of our ongoing studies below and, if you're interested in learning more, please click the associated link to contact us.


Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Study: 
Do you experience sudden mood shifts? Are there many ups and downs in your relationships? Do you find yourself engaging in impulsive behaviors (e.g., overeating, substance use, self-injury)? We are conducting a treatment study that provides 18 sessions of individual therapy sessions at no cost. This research study involves a diagnostic interview, 2-3 follow-up assessments, and weekly questionnaires. Click HERE for more information.

Healthy Recovery After Trauma Study: 
Do you have a history of unwanted sexual experiences (e.g., sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, sexual activity when you were unable to consent due to the influence of alcohol or drugs)? Do you have unwanted memories, nightmares, or avoid situations that remind you of what happened? Do you blame yourself or feel physically or emotionally different since the experience? We are conducting a treatment study for people of all genders (e.g., men, women, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary) who have a history of unwanted sexual experiences. Participants will receive up to 18 sessions of individual psychological treatment at no cost. Click HERE for more information. 

OCD Treatment Study:
We are recruiting volunteers who are diagnosed with OCD or believe that they might have OCD and are interested in participating in a study designed to test the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and Exposure and Response prevention (ERP) on symptoms of OCD. ERP is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that involves gradually exposing you to your fears while resisting compulsive behaviors to promote reductions in obsessions and compulsive urges. tDCS is a form of non-invasive brain stimulation that involves placing electrodes on your scalp and passing a weak electrical current between the electrodes. tDCS is safe and minimal risk for most individuals; side effects are limited in most circumstances. If eligible, then your participation in this study would consist of a total of 16 appointments over the course of as few as 9 weeks. Each appointment will last between 1 and 2 hours and the total amount of time you would be asked to volunteer is up to 24 hours (including screening and follow-up assessments). Click HERE for more information.


Workplace Loss Study: 
We are recruiting volunteers who have lost a loved one due to a tragedy in the workplace. We are hoping to better understand the psychological, social, and financial impact of workplace death on surviving family members. We are also interested in learning more about the ongoing needs of survivors. This study will involve an online survey that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Click HERE to participate. 

Emotional Learning Study:
We are recruiting volunteers for a study that will test the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on brain activity and learning and memory processes. Transcranial direct current stimulation is a non-invasive technique that can influence brain activity by passing a very weak electrical current between electrodes placed on the scalp. To participate in this study, volunteers will be asked to complete four separate study sessions. The first session will be completely via Zoom and will include informed consent and a diagnostic intake to determine eligibility. If eligible, then you will be asked to complete 3 consecutive in-person sessions that will be completed at the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Each session will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Volunteers will complete multiple brain scans using magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, will be randomized to receive real or placebo transcranial direct current stimulation, and will complete a computerized task that involves the viewing of digital images that will be occasionally paired with a mild electric finger shock. Importantly, the intensity of finger shock is individualized and is determined by each volunteer. Volunteers can earn up to $200 for their participation; $50 per scan session plus a $50 bonus for those who complete all three scan sessions. Click HERE for more information.