Principal Investigator: Adriane Soehner, PhD

Co-Investigators: Mary Phillips, MD, Boris Birmaher, MD, Daniel Buysse, MD

 Coordinator: Kathleen Scully, B.S

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be conducting screening procedures and the first laboratory visit via phone or online. Participants will need access to the internet.

The SAND lab is taking all of the necessary precautions to keep our participants safe and healthly during these difficult times!

We will be screening participants for COVID-19 symptoms before their visit and again at their visit. We will be providing face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to all participants that come into the lab. We are thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing any and all surfaces that participants may come in contact with in accordance to the CDC guidelines. We will be sanitizing all surfaces after each participant visit. During participant’s visits, we will also be maintaining social distancing guidelines.

All staff members will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before each participant visit. All staff members will wear face masks and maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.

Please email with any questions!
Beststudy@upmc.edu

Many young adults and teens report that they have problems sleeping. Not getting enough sleep or good quality sleep can have a negative impact on one’s life. Being tired can make teens’ grades or athletic performance suffer and cause problems with their friends, teachers, and family. Sometimes sleep problems can also increase teens’ risk for developing psychiatric conditions.

The BEST research study is examining how both healthy and unhealthy sleep patterns may affect brain systems related to risk for psychiatric conditions. While we are interested in the negative impact of poor sleep, we are also interested in the potential benefits of good sleep in teens. By studying teens with a range of good to poor sleep patterns we hope to eventually inform sleep-focused interventions to reduce risk and build resilience in teens.

Participation in the BEST study involves: Two laboratory visits spaced two weeks apart, with at-home sleep monitoring between visits. At the 1st lab visit, a parent and their teen complete interviews and questionnairs about sleep, mood & emotion. If eligible, teens then keep daily sleep records and wear an activity watch to monitor their sleep at-home until the next lab visit. At the 2nd lab visit, a parent and their teen complete additional questionnairs. Teens also complete a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan (fMRI) and computer tasks. Participants may be compensated for their participation. 

Your family may qualify for the BEST study if:

  • You are a parent either:
    1.  Free of emotional and behavioral disorders OR
    2.  Diagnosed with bipolar disorder
  • You have a teen 14-18 years old enrolled in high school
  • Your teen has no history of bipolar or schizophrenia

The BEST study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health

Tune in to 89.3 FM or listen below to hear our BEST and BREATHE study radio spot!