Clinical Trials & Research Projects

NAMI NJ compiles statewide and nationwide research projects and clinical trials related to mental illness. NAMI NJ does not accept financial compensation for recruiting clinical trial participants, nor do we endorse any products or treatments. Inquires should be directed to the listed contact person for the specific project or trial. Recruiting agencies can send project details to [email protected] for posting approval.



Understanding Parental Experiences of Caring for a Child with a Diagnosed Mental Illness Utilizing a Grief Model

This study is an anonymous online survey for parents of children with a diagnosed mental illness. The goal of this study is to understand parental experiences of grief when caring for a child with mental illness and how to better support parent caregivers based on their unique needs. Participants will complete a series of six brief questionnaires with a total participation time of 20 minutes. To take the survey, visit the study website here:

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Updated: November 2021


Schizophrenia Spectrum Biomarkers Consortium (SSBC) – Finding Objective Biomarkers For Schizophrenia

The purpose of our overall research study is to identify biological markers for schizophrenia and related mental illnesses. We are gathering mental health information, brain images, cells and genetic material (DNA), as well as blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from persons who appear to have a psychiatric disorder and those who do not. We would like to identify measurable differences that could help doctors identify people who are developing a psychiatric disorder or help us better understand why some patients respond better to treatment than others. Learn more here:

How to Participate | Frequently Asked QuestionsEducational Video | Study Sites | Recruitment Flyer

Research Flyer – New York | Research Flyer – Pennsylvania | Research Flyer – Connecticut

Updated: September 2021


Comparison of PTSD Treatments

Researchers at Rutgers are looking for volunteers, who may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, for a research study. The research study involves brief counseling sessions for PTSD (3 Sessions), and half of participants will additionally receive free acupuncture sessions (8 Sessions). All participants will receive compensation totaling $70 at the conclusion of the brief counseling sessions, and those also receiving acupuncture will receive an additional $20 at the completion of the acupuncture sessions. For more information, view flyer.

Updated: August 2021


University of Pennsylvania Clinical Trial

Participate in the new NIMH supported clinical trial within the Neurodevelopment and Psychosis Section at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The purpose of this research is to test an experimental drug (CVL-562) as a possible cognitive enhancer for early-course schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders. This study will test whether CVL-562, added to a person’s usual medication regimen, can help thinking and memory in people with schizophrenia. Open to volunteers ages 18 to 45, who meet DSM-5 criteria for a primary non-affective psychotic disorder (schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or schizophreniform) with onset of psychosis within the past 5 years. See their flyer and view their video here. To schedule a visit or refer a potential participant, please contact [email protected].

Updated: July 2021


Rutgers Study: College Student with Mental Health Condition and PTSD

Researchers at Rutgers are looking for volunteers who have a mental health condition, PTSD, and are a college student. Your participation can potentially help researchers discover ways to improve educational outcomes for those with PTSD. Once enrolled, you will have an opportunity to participate in a focus group interview which will inform the development of a new CBT treatment manual for college students with PTSD. Participants will be compensated $30! For more information, contact Brittany Stone at [email protected]. Download flyer

Updated: March 2021


Has COVID-19 affected your sleep?
Volunteers needed for research study exploring the sleep habits and routines of adults diagnosed with mental disorders during COVID-19.

We are Kean University 2nd year Occupational Therapy students conducting a research study through in-depth interviews which will be held virtually via Zoom. The study will explore sleep habits and routines after COVID-19 related shutdowns that occured in March of 2020. The study is interested in adults with diagnosed mental disorders and who were diagnosed prior to COVID-19. The study is completely voluntary and you are not obligated to participate. There is no compensation for participating in this study. This study is for educational purposes only, so your participation would add valuable research information which could lead to a greater understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on sleep habits and routines for adults living with mental illness through the lens of occupational therapy.

We are currently looking to invite 10 adults over the age of 18 with a diagnosis of Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders prior to COVID-19. Participants must be able to read, write, and speak in English and must be able to access the internet and email.

If you match the research criteria and are willing to participate, you may reach out to the primary investigator, Monique Schulmann at [email protected]. Participation in this study will be conducted on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you qualify for the interview process, you will be notified via email and directed to a consent form link. If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the primary investigator, Monique Schulmann at [email protected].

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Deadline: April 2021


Persist to Quit: Telehealth Counseling for Smokers with Serious Mental Illness

A team at Rutgers is conducting a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health in which they are providing telehealth counseling (plus nicotine patches) to help individuals with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder to quit smoking. There is no cost to the consumers, and they can earn up to $100 for completing assessments before and after the 8 counseling sessions.

Individuals wishing to learn more can call 732-659-4805 or provide their contact information online using this link:

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Updated: February 2021


Recovery from Serious Mental Illness

This study is an anonymous online survey for individuals with serious mental illness who are in recovery. The goal of this
study is to learn more about the personal experiences of people with serious mental illness at various stages of the
personal recovery process.

Participants may be eligible for this study if they are:
– Ages 18-65
– Diagnosed with a mental illness that has interfered with or limited at least one major life activity
– Able to read in English at a 6th grade level or above
– Not diagnosed with a chronic physical disability
There will be 500 people participating in this survey. Total participation time is 20-40 minutes. After completing the survey,
participants will have the option to provide contact information to enter a drawing to receive one of 200 $10 gift cards. The
survey will close March 1, 2021.

The survey is available online. To access the survey, visit

If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the study link above or contact the researchers at [email protected]

For more information, view flyer.

Updated: February 2021


Knowledge of Metabolic Risk in People with Serious Mental Health Conditions

This study is an anonymous online survey for adults with a mental health condition and their family members/ caregivers. The goal of the survey is to understand how much people know about the physical health risks related to mental health conditions and treatments. The survey will ask questions about the participant’s knowledge of physical health and about the care they have received from health care providers. This study will help health care providers improve the ways they educate and support people with mental health conditions.

Participants may be eligible for this study if they are:
– Aged 18 or older
– Have a mental health condition, or are the family member/ caregiver of a person with a mental health condition

The study is being conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and McLean Hospital. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. To access the survey please use the following link:

For more information, view flyer.

Updated: February 2021


Depression, TMS, Psychotherapy and Brain Function

This study seeks depressed participants to test effects of the combination of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy on brain function.

This study is enrolling eligible adults ages 18-65 with major depressive disorder, who are free of other serious medical conditions. If you are currently taking anti-depressants, you may still be eligible.

This inpatient and/or outpatient study involves daily visits for 8 weeks followed by once-monthly visits for 3 months. Participation includes research evaluations, brain scans, and active TMS and psychotherapy, or inactive TMS and psychotherapy. Those who received inactive TMS may receive active TMS after the experimental phase is completed. After completing the study, participants receive short-term care at the NIH while transitioning back to a provider. The 3 monthly follow up visits can be conducted via telephone.

All clinical evaluations, research tasks and visits are free of cost. Participants are compensated for research procedures. The study is conducted at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, and is enrolling participants nationwide, from across the United States. Travel arrangements are provided and costs are covered by NIMH (arrangements vary by distance).

To find out if you qualify, or for more information email [email protected] or call 1-877-MIND-NIH (1-877-646-3644), TTY: 1-866-411-1222.

Updated: February 2021


Understanding Depression in Teenagers, NIH Research Study

Join a research study seeking to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. As part of a larger study looking at mood dysregulation, participation begins with an initial 1-day outpatient evaluation. Research visits may include annual outpatient visits up to age 25, and/or 4- to 15-week inpatient treatment.

This part of the study is currently recruiting medically healthy teenagers, ages 12-17, who meet the criteria for major depressive disorder and are in treatment with a provider in their community. The study may include assessments, research testing, brain imaging, and standard medications, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychological testing.

Enrollment is from across the United States. Transportation expenses to NIH in Bethesda, MD are reimbursed. There is no cost to participate, compensation is provided.

Call 1-301-496-8381 [TTY: 1-866-411-1010] or Email [email protected].

Updated: February 2021


SND111 Study: Clinical Research Study on Adolescent Schizophrenia

The SND111 study is looking at whether an investigational medication called NaBen® (Sodium Benzoate) is safe and effective in improving symptoms of schizophrenia in teenagers.

The goal of this study is to increase treatment options available for teenagers with schizophrenia.

Download the flyer / Download the brochure

Updated: February 2021


Caregivers Invited for Stress Research Survey

Tyler Corson, a doctoral student in the Gerontology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and a NAMI family member in Virginia Beach, is working on a research study about caregiver stress.  If you are a caregiver for a person with serious mental illness, and you are age 18 or older, you are invited to participate in an anonymous online survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete.  The survey includes questions about mental illness stigma and your thoughts about providing care.  Your participation in this survey will help us gather information that may be helpful in designing programs to reduce caregiver stress.  Tyler will share the research results with NAMI when the study is complete.

If you have any questions about the survey or would like additional information about the research project, please contact Tyler Corson at [email protected].  You may also contact Dr. Tracey Gendron, project supervisor, at the VCU Department of Gerontology at (804) 828-1565, or [email protected]

Please follow this link to the survey:

Updated: February 2021


How romantic partners communicate when one or both people are depressed

Do you have depression? Are you in a relationship with someone who has depression? Researchers from the University of Illinois are conducting a study to better understand how romantic partners communicate when one or both people are depressed.

You are eligible to participate in the study if:

(1) You are in a romantic relationship,
(2) You and/or your partner have been professionally diagnosed with depression,
(3) Both partners are willing to participate in the study,
(4) Both partners are 18 years of age or older, and
(5) Both partners have their own email account.

Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, which takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete. All couples who complete the study will receive $20 in Amazon e-gift cards ($10 to each partner). If BOTH partners are willing to participate, send an email to [email protected] with:

(a) your name and email address,
(b) your partner’s name and email address, and
(c) who has been diagnosed with depression (you, your partner, or both).

Updated: February 2021

Does Schizophrenia Run in Your Family?
Research shows that in families with a history of schizophrenia, there is a strong genetic link associated with the disease. A genetic link means that it may be possible for medical science to find the gene or sequence of genes causing this debilitating disorder. This information could then be used to develop new treatments for managing symptoms and to hopefully one day find a cure.

The VA Boston Healthcare System has launched a study using the latest research technology in human DNA analysis to help determine the underlying genetic variables responsible for schizophrenia. To qualify for this study, there must be at least 3 available members of the extended family who are diagnosed with one of these disorders:

– Schizophrenia
– Schizoaffective Disorder
– Schizotypal Personality Disorder
– Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features

The study also seeks 3 “healthy” members of the family who are willing to participate. All family members must be at least 18 years old. The study involves a clinical interview and a blood draw. Participants who complete the study receive $130. Study is not restricted to veterans, but is open to the general public.

To learn more, contact:
Paul Nelson, M.Ed.
Study Coordinator
Email [email protected]
or call 845-981-9514

Updated: February 2021


NIMH Research Studies

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conduct a large number of research studies with patients and healthy volunteers. The first steps to research participation include: calling the NIMH research study team to learn study details, an evaluation for eligibility to enroll, and consenting to participate.

The studies are conducted at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), a hospital dedicated to the highest quality research, and located in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Some studies enroll locally, others regionally or nationally. Please contact each research study team to learn more specifics.

Adult, Children and Healthy Volunteer study descriptions and other information provided here can help you decide whether to participate or volunteer. If you qualify for a study, then a study-related evaluation, treatment and, in some cases transportation to NIH is provided without cost to you or your health plan.

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Updated: February 2021



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National Recruitment: Join NIH Depression Research Studies

Does depression impede your daily life? Are you currently feeling sad and hopeless, experiencing worthlessness and guilt, and have a lack of interest in everyday activities you once enjoyed? NIH studies are investigating the brain and experimental medications (such as ketamine and diazoxide) to rapidly reduce depressive symptoms.  Research includes: depressed adults ages 18 to 70, outpatient visits or inpatient stays of up to 12 weeks at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD.  Call 1-877-MIND-NIH, TTY: 1-866-411-1010, Email: [email protected].