Research Studies - Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Lab

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Our Neuroscience and Neuropsychology lab studies the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) and test treatments to improve the quality of people for people with MS.
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Volunteers are typically compensated for their time. We may be able to assist with transportation, or travel to your home. Please speak with our Research Recruitment Specialist for more information.

Below are the studies recruiting participants with MS. You can also download a flyer of all current studies here. This listing was last updated on 10/20/2016.

Emotional Processing and Social Integration in MS
This study examines emotions and social relationships in people with MS.

  • If you participate, you’ll answer questionnaires, and complete pen and paper tests to assess social and thinking skills (5-6 hours).
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 18 and 59, have a significant other who can answer surveys, have no neurological illness other than MS, and have no psychiatric conditions, or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Emotional Processing Intervention in MS
This study examines the effects of an emotional processing training program in persons with MS.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete baseline and short-term follow-up testing (thinking and emotional processing skills, 3-4 hours each) and participate in a computer-based intervention (2 sessions a week for 6 weeks, 1 hour each session).
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 18 and 65, have no neurological illness other than MS, and have no psychiatric conditions or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Employment and MS
This study examines factors that may influence decision-making about employment.

  • If you participate, you’ll answer questionnaires about employment (3-4 hours).
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 20 and 64 and have no neurological illness other than MS. Volunteers must also be employed, and considering either leaving work or cutting back hours.

Feedback Presentation and Learning in MS
This study examines how feedback (assessments of task performance) interact with learning in MS.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete tests of your thinking skills (3 hours), then a task during an MRI scan (1 hour).
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 18 and 55 and have a diagnosis of Relapsing-Remitting MS.

Measuring Everyday Function in Multiple Sclerosis
This study examines a "real-world" everyday functioning assessment for MS.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete assessments of problem-solving and daily functioning, then complete three tasks that involve shopping or using the Internet (2-3 hours).
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 18 and 65, not have had a flare-up of symptoms for a month, have no neurological illness other than MS, and have no psychiatric conditions or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Progressive MS- Emotional Processing
This study examines the relationship between progressive MS and emotional processing.

  • If you participate, you’ll take surveys and tests to assess social and thinking skills (5 hours).
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 18 and 65, have no neurological illness other than MS, and have no psychiatric conditions or significant history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Speed of Processing Training to Improve Cognition in MS (flyer)
This study examines a technique to improve information processing in people with MS.

  • If you participate, you’ll complete 2-3 hour tests of your thinking skills (baseline, and short-term and long-term follow up) and participate in a computer-based intervention (2 one-hour sessions a week, 5 weeks). There are optional MRI scans at baseline and follow-up testing.
  • To qualify, volunteers must be between 18 and 59 and have no neurological illness other than MS.

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To contact our Research Recruitment Specialist directly, email researchstudies@kesslerfoundation.org.

If you are interested in enrolling in these studies, fill out the form below. Our research recruitment specialist will contact you.