Science and Research Update
In This Issue
Family Support Study Recruits Caregivers
Our Technological Future: Phones & Research
RDoC: A Science Based Method to Diagnose & Treat Mental Illness
Invisible Work of Caregivers
Substance Abuse Prevention Begins Early
More Young Adults use Private Insurance
Why is Sleeping Important?
How Can You Sleep Better?
Vietnam Veterans & PTSD
Bipolar Pediatric Research Study
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Studying Effects of Family Support
Seeking Loved Ones & Caregivers of Individuals Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, or Bipolar Disorder
A Rutgers study is currently recruiting for a study of the effects of various family support programs for those with loved ones with mental illness.

- Residing in the New Jersey, New York, or Philadelphia area
- Access to computer or tablet with internet
- Participants and their loved ones must be over the age of 18 and be in contact with each other 2-3x per week or living together

- Study involves 3 phone questionnaire appointments
- Participants receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card per phone questionnaire

For more information or to sign up as a participant, please contact study research assistant:
Victoria Martin
Rutgers UBHC
151 Centennial Avenue
Piscataway NJ 08854
Tel: 908 705 5413
A BRIGHT Technological Future for Mental Health Trials
Playing games, watching movies, and paying bills through smartphones and tablets has become commonplace. Americans are used to doing almost everything through the technology in their pockets. Is mobile mental health research the next frontier in this smartphone revolution? Based on Dr. Patricia Are├ín's pioneering BRIGHTEN study, research via smartphone apps is already a reality. The BRIGHTEN study, funded by NIMH, was remarkable because it used technology to both deliver treatment interventions and to actually conduct the trial. In other words, the research team used technology to recruit, screen, enroll, treat, and assess participants. BRIGHTEN was especially remarkable because the study showed that technology is an efficient way to pilot test promising new treatments. 
Science Update:
NIMH RDoC Initiative
The March 2016 special issue of the journal Psychophysiology is focused on NIMH's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative. As special editors of the issue, Drs. Christopher Patrick and Greg Hajcak offer a fresh perspective on the initiative and a platform for discussion among researchers involved in RDoC-related research. RDoC is a research framework that supports new ways of studying mental disorders. It is designed to integrate many levels of information (including self-report, behavior, genetics, brain imaging, and other types of psychophysiology) in order to better understand the relationship between biology and behavior in mental illness. Its ultimate goal is to provide data that could eventually transform the way mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated.
"Invisible work" toll among family and unpaid caregivers
Unpaid caregivers who helped with the health care of older adults experienced emotional, physical, and financial difficulties as well as lower work productivity. These findings, described in this issue of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Matters, provide a better understanding of the unmet needs and challenges of this often invisible workforce, which plays a key role in the health care system.
A Child's First Eight Years Critical for Substance Abuse Prevention 
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child's self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.
More Young Adults Use Private Insurance for Behavioral Health Treatment following the ACA's Dependent Coverage Mandate
This blog post describes the changes resulting from the extension of health care coverage to individuals aged 19 to 25 through the Affordable Care Act as more young adults have access to mental health and substance abuse treatment services through their parents' employer-sponsored health insurance. A new SAMHSA report also shows these changes in health care spending. This coverage expansion meant that, among those young people who received behavioral health treatment, fewer were using public funds to do so.
Prevalence of Healthy Sleep Duration among Adults - U.S., 2014
To promote optimal health and well-being, adults aged 18 to 60 years are recommended to sleep at least seven hours each night. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night is associated with increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress, and all-cause mortality. CDC analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine the prevalence of a healthy sleep duration among 444,306 adult respondents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than one-third of U.S. respondents reported typically sleeping less than seven hours in a 24-hour period, suggesting an ongoing need for public awareness and public education about sleep health, and opportunities for health care providers to discuss the importance of healthy sleep duration with patients and address reasons for poor sleep health.
Getting Enough Sleep
In this CDC feature, learn how many adults don't get enough sleep in the U.S., and tips for getting healthy sleep.
PTSD Research Quarterly: 40 Years After the War: How are Vietnam Veterans Doing Today?
Longitudinal studies are extremely important in trauma research. Questions begin with how well people cope during the immediate aftermath of trauma exposure and progress to questions about long-term resilience or vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Vietnam Veterans are one of the most rigorously studied cohorts in this regard. This issue of the PTSD Research Quarterly provides a guide to important recent findings on post-traumatic trajectories spanning 40 to 50 years among Vietnam Veterans whose war zone trauma occurred during the 1960s and 1970s.
Nationwide Recruitment: Bipolar Disorder Pediatric Research Study
Treatment of Severe Mood Dysregulation: (Inpatient: 12- to 15 weeks)
This study tests the efficacy of different treatments for decreasing irritability in children with severe mood and behavioral problems. Participants have symptoms of severe irritability and are not doing well on their current medications. The child must be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy, and not currently hospitalized, psychotic, or suicidal. The study includes day or full hospitalization to discontinue medication, followed by either methylphenidate plus citalopram, or methylphenidate plus placebo. Recruiting ages 7-17. [09-M-0034]
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