Current Studies

Research is a vital part of our department! We specialize in innovative, transdisciplinary work. We have several ongoing studies and invite you to read about some of them below. Please contact our research staff for more information. All research studies are completely voluntary.

SCAN Lab Studies

  • Awareness Training: The goal of this project is to provide the Army with a brief, well-validated, internet-based training program for the enhancement of various aspects of human awareness. Military personnel are subjected to dangerous and often stressful situations in which awareness is a key component in responding to adverse conditions. Through a series of interactive, introspective lessons, activities, quizzes, and games, the program attempts to foster a better understanding of one’s abilities and weaknesses. The program also increases attentiveness to a number of features of one’s environment. Learn more about this study.
  • Brain Imaging Study: Determine your eligibility here.
  • Concussion Study: We are conducting a study at the University of Arizona to understand the cognitive and psychological health of people who have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury or "concussion." Participants will undergo a series of surveys and tasks that measure emotional and cognitive ability. Throughout the visit, we will be recording heart rate using a small heart rate monitor. Participants will also complete a one-hour MRI scan, where "pictures" of your brain will be taken while you rest quietly. Read more about this study.
  • Reading Study: This study aims to understand how focus, attention, and higher-level skills affect reading ability in people who have had mild traumatic brain injury or "concussion", and those who have not. The study is being conducted at the Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Lab at the University of Arizona. Learn more about this study.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Study: The purpose of this study is to investigate how a six week course of morning light exposure affects individuals who have experienced stress following exposure to a traumatic event. Get more details about this study.
  • Stress Study: The purpose of the research study is to identify key personality and emotional state traits that are best suited for the responsibilities and duties carried out by military combat medics. Click here to read more about this study.

Sleep & Health Research Program

  • Learn more about our Department's Sleep & Health research studies here.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Study:

An experimental drug for OCD: The study seeks to explore the benefits of an experimental drug as a potential new treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  The experimental drug changes activity in brain areas believed to be involved in OCD. This study will involve approximately 8-10 weeks of study participation, including eight weeks of investigational treatment.

Basic eligibility criteria: Ages 21 to 65 years old, must have moderate to severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), must have failed at least one routine care treatment. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not eligible. Please contact for additional eligibility information. This study is enrolling healthy volunteers.