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.

TREATMENT STUDIES

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. 

Reclaiming your Life 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 experience feelings of dirtiness when you are reminded of what happened? Do you have unwanted memories, nightmares, or avoid situations that remind you of what happened? 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 and feelings of dirtiness related to the event. Participants will receive 5 sessions of individual psychological treatment at no cost. Click HERE for more information.

ADDITIONAL STUDIES

Exercise and PTSD Study: 
Researchers at the University of Kentucky invite women who've been diagnosed with or think they might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to join a study. We're trying to learn if quick bouts of exercise after therapeutic exposure can improve treatment for PTSD. Participants will be compensated for their time upon completion of the study. You may be eligible to participate if you: Are a woman between 21 and 50 years old; Are relatively healthy; and Have experienced physical or sexual assault and believe you may have PTSD? For more information about joining, please complete an online pre-screen HERE

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.