The Behavioral Medicine Research Lab regularly conducts research studies in which it actively recruits subjects to participate in ground-breaking research. 

Teenagers laughing during a group counseling session for youth with emotional and behavioral problems.

A Biobehavioral Intervention for Young Men with Testicular Cancer: A Pilot Study

UCI IRB HS# 2018-4676

The purpose of this research study is to adapt and test a type of coaching or counseling called Goal-focused Emotion-regulation Therapy (GET) for young adults. Its purpose is to focus on how young men navigate life goals and manage their emotions after testicular cancer. We would also like to learn about biological factors like stress hormones that may affect one’s emotional and physical well-being.  This study will allow us to better understand young men’s quality of life needs, and further develop a program to provide services to survivors.

All young adult men diagnosed with testicular cancer who have completed their primary treatment in the past two years may be eligible to participate. If you decide to participate, your participation in the research may include an initial visit with a member of the research team. Prior to your visit, you will be asked to collect saliva samples at home over 2 days. At your first visit, you will be asked to complete questionnaires and to provide a sample of blood. There are two study groups and you will be assigned to one at random. Both groups will receive 6 coaching or counseling sessions. After the last session, you will be asked to complete questionnaires, and again provide samples of blood and saliva. Finally, you will be asked to complete questionnaires online 3-months after your last session.

You would receive $50 for each of the 2 assessment sessions, and an additional $25 for the 3-month assessment session for a total of up to $125.

 

 

A Biobehavioral Intervention for Latino/Hispanic Young Adults with Testicular Cancer

UCI IRB HS# 2020-5703

The purpose of this research study is to adapt and test a type of coaching or counseling called Goal-focused Emotion-regulation Therapy (GET) for young adults. Its purpose is to focus on how young men navigate life goals and manage their emotions after testicular cancer. We would also like to learn about biological factors like stress hormones that may affect one’s emotional and physical well-being.  This study will allow us to better understand young men’s quality of life needs, and further develop a program to provide services to survivors.

All young adult Latino men diagnosed with testicular cancer who have completed their primary treatment in the past two years may be eligible to participate. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete questionnaires online and to collect saliva samples and oral swabs at home over 3 days. You will receive 6 coaching or counseling sessions via an online video platform. After the last session, you will be asked to complete additional questionnaires online, and again provide samples of saliva at home over 3 days. Some will be chosen to also take part in an interview to provide feedback on their experience at the end.

You would receive $50 for each of the 2 assessment sessions for a total of up to $100.

 

 

Inflammatory Processes, Emotion Regulation, and Depression in Prostate Cancer Survivors

UCI IRB HS# 2018-4643

The purpose of this research study is to better understand how various factors, such as coping strategies and the workings of the immune system, may be related to quality of life and mental health in the year following treatment for prostate cancer. The results of this study may help to allow us to design services that will be helpful for men with prostate cancer.

All men diagnosed with prostate cancer who are scheduled for surgery or to begin radiation therapy may be eligible to participate. If you decide to participate, your participation in the research may include an initial visit with a member of the research team, where you will be asked to complete an interview, questionnaires, and to provide a sample of blood. The session could take up to 2 hours. You would be asked to complete a series of 7 follow-up visits in the 1-year after you complete your surgery or radiation treatment. Two of these sessions would be scheduled in-person and would include completing questionnaires, interviews, and providing a sample of blood. The other 5 sessions can be done by telephone and also involve completing questionnaires and interview questions. These will take approximately 1 hour.

You would receive $25 for each of the 3 in-person sessions and $15 for the 5 telephone sessions – for a total of up to $150.