Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory

Department of Psychology                  Director: Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D
Boston University

Information for Potential Consumers

Have you experienced a traumatic event? Are you experiencing distress as a result of this experience?

If so, you may be eligible to receive treatment at no cost as part of a research study at Boston University. We are examining the helpfulness of different treatments adults who are experiencing distress related to a traumatic event. Often people who have gone through such an experience suffer from things like:

- Intrusive, distressing memories of the assault (including nightmares)

- Fear or avoidance of people, places or events that remind you of what happened

- Feeling on-edge, irritable, guilty or afraid

If you have experienced any of these symptoms or other types of distress and are interested in getting help as part of a research study, please contact us. If you're unsure about whether this study would be a good fit for you or want more information, we would be happy to speak with you. Compensation can go up to $80 for completion of some parts of the study.

For more information, please call (617)358-2250, email, or visit our website at

Boston Adolescent Neuroimaging of Depression and Anxiety

We at MIT, Boston University, and Harvard Medical school are currently recruiting adolescents (ages 14-16) for new research seeking to understand the teenage brain. 

We offer the opportunity for young persons to gain experience in the neuroscience research process and get pictures of their brains at no cost to them. Adolescents can also earn up to $375 and parents can earn up to $75, plus travel expenses for their participation. Adolescents and parents with a history of depression/anxiety, or from racial or ethnic minority groups are especially encouraged to participate.

This work occurs three sessions in the greater Boston area, and involves routine psychological assessments and safe/non-invasive brain imaging.

To participate or for questions you may email or call 617-358-2250.