Depression Treatment Study

Pediatric Anxiety & Mood Research Clinic (PAMRC)

Treatment for Sleep Difficulties and Depression
 

Is Your Teen Depressed?

Are you the parent of an adolescent who is struggling with depression and sleep difficulties? We may have a treatment that can help.

We are conducting research to compare different ways of improving sleep and mood in teens. The study involves a psychiatric evaluation, wearing a wrist monitor that measures sleep, and non-drug treatment at no cost. Treatment is interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescents which targets:

  • Depression
  • Trouble falling and staying asleep
  • Not feeling rested on waking
  • Feeling sleepy during the day
 

What Does the Study Involve?

  • The screening and baseline phase, where we determine if your teen is eligible for the study through a psychological evaluation
  • The treatment phase, lasting 12 therapy sessions once per week over 12–16 weeks
  • The follow-up phase, involving an assessment of the teen’s response to treatment after the treatment has ended
 

Who Is Eligible to Participate?

To participate, your child must:

  • Be 12 to 17 years old
  • Have sleep problems
  • Have symptoms of depression (persistently sad or apathetic mood, disturbed appetite, poor concentration, poor self-esteem, and decreased interest in pleasurable activities)
 

Interested in Learning More about This Research Study?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Ellie McGlinchey
Email: mcglinc@nyspi.columbia.edu