How to join

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Depression treatments that are available today are the result of decades of research.

Here’s some information about the process of enrolling in a research study at the MGH Depression and Clinical Research Program. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Step 1: Phone call

After you contact us to let us know that you’re interested in participation in one of our studies, we will speak with you by phone. We will ask you some questions about your mental and physical health and mood, which helps us determine if our research program has studies that would be good options for you.

  • If we have studies that seem suitable, we will tell you about them and answer your questions.
  • If you are interested in participating in a specific study, we will arrange for you to come to our office for a study visit. We will work with you to schedule this as quickly and conveniently as possible.

What if I change my mind?

You can change your mind about participating at any point before or during your enrollment in a study. Learn more about the safety, rights, and protection of research participants.

Can I enroll a friend or relative in a study?

We will need to speak directly with your relative or friend before enrolling him or her in one of our studies. You can help the person you’re concerned about by showing them this website, giving them our telephone number, or helping them call us. We will be happy to discuss study options with the person.

Step 2: Office visit

If you are interested in participating in a specific study, you will meet with us in person at our office. This is usually scheduled one or two weeks after our first phone call. You will meet with a study doctor who will ask you more questions about your mental health and mood to determine if the study is right for you. The study doctor will explain the study to you and answer any questions and concerns you may have. You may also receive a physical examination and routine laboratory tests (like blood or urine tests), depending on the study.

If eligible

At the end of your first visit, if you are eligible for the study and still interested in participating, we will enter you into the study and schedule your next appointment. Participation in one of our studies is always completely voluntary. You can leave a study at any time, for any reason. Learn more about the safety, rights, and protection of research participants.

If not eligible

If you are not eligible for a research study, our doctors will help you find other treatment options to meet your needs.

Location

We are easily accessible by public transportation. Our offices are located near Government Center in Boston, in an office building that was redesigned by Graham Gund, a world-renowned architect. We provide a welcoming, comfortable environment. The main buildings of Massachusetts General Hospital are located nearby. View our location.

Leaving a study

Participation in one of our studies is always completely voluntary. You can leave a study at any time, for any reason. Learn more about the safety, rights, and protection of research participants.

Privacy

Participation in research is completely confidential. We will not share information about you or your participation in a study with anyone (including insurance companies), unless you give us permission to do so or in the event of a medical emergency. Learn more about the safety, rights, and protection of research participants.