Current Research Studies

We are currently recruiting children and families who want to make a difference: to ensure that better understanding of mechanisms of psychiatric illness today improves how we diagnose, treat, and prevent these illnesses in the future.

All of our studies use special magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans that do not hurt or use radiation.

Our studies also involve interviews and evaluations that are more detailed than standard clinical interviews, and special computer games to understand how kids think and feel.

Each family is compensated for their time and receives copies of their child’s brain pictures.

To learn more, please call 401-432-1600 or also visit

Retrain the Brain in Childhood Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is among our most impairing psychiatric problems affecting children, despite our best treatments.

This study is designed to test a new non-medication video game treatment for bipolar disorder in children ages 7 to 17 years old.

Children play a special video game 2 times per week, for 8 weeks, with a brain MRI before and after the 8-week period.

Brain Mechanisms of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) and Relationship to Suicide

More than 25% to 40% of children seen in the emergency department cut themselves. While often done without intent to die, it can increase risk for suicide, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in children, teens, and young adults.

This study seeks to answer two questions:  

  1. Why do kids cut themselves?
  2. What predicts which kids who cut themselves will make a first-onset suicide attempt?

We are seeking children ages 11 to 16 years who either deliberately cut themselves but have not made a suicide attempt, or who have never had psychiatric problems. Children will complete interviews, games, and one MRI scan. Then, they will come back to the PediMIND program every three months for a brief (less than one hour) check-in (at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 months).

Brain Mechanisms of Irritability in Children

Irritability is the number one reason why children are brought for psychiatric evaluation in outpatient or emergency department settings.

This study seeks to improve what we know about brain mechanisms of irritability in children ages 8 to 12 years with high and low irritability.

Children will complete interviews, computer games, and an MRI brain scan.

More Information

Please contact us at 401-432-1600 for more information about the center and our research.