Behavioral Research & Therapy Clinics

Clinical Trials

Current Clinical Trials

Research at the BRTC is focused primarily on the development and evaluation of psychotherapies for individuals with severe and chronic personality disorders. Research focuses on the understanding, assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors. To date, most research has focused on treatment development for suicidal individuals meeting criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Most of this research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Our current clinical trails are listed below.


Computerized Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training for Suicidal and Heavy Episodic Drinkers (iDBT-OASIS)

Study open. Currently accepting clients.

This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of a computerized DBT skills use in individuals who are suicidal and who drink alcohol to regulate their emotions. Problematic alcohol use has been found to be associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, particularly among individuals who drink alcohol to regulate emotions. Currently, there are very limited resources available to those presenting with these behaviors.  Thus, an online treatment to improve such difficulties could help a group of people for which treatments are not widely available.

In this study we will evaluate a computerized version of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training, an intervention that was proven successful at reducing symptoms in individuals meeting criteria for various clinical problems such as depression, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, and substance abuse. The 8-week intervention will be administered in a computerized format and the study will last 16 weeks. Qualifying participants can earn up to $120 for participating in assessments.

For more information please call us at 206-616-1508.


What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial (or research study) is a scientific study showing the effectiveness of new treatments. Through these studies, doctors find new and better ways to diagnose and treat illnesses. Many new treatments are found to be safe and effective. However, before a new treatment is determined to be effective it must be tested. Participating in a research study is voluntary and requires that participants understand the risks, benefits, and procedures involved with the study. Participants may leave a study at any time.

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