Paid Research Study: Brain Imaging of Trauma and Stress

The Fonzo Lab at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin is currently seeking people who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful life event (e.g., assault or sexual assault, combat, severe car accident, etc.) to participate in a research study.  We are looking for those who have experienced these events and are currently mentally healthy and never experienced a mental disorder, as well as those who are currently experiencing mental health symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, difficulty experiencing positive emotions, etc.) as a result of the traumatic event.  The study will include an assessment via ZOOM, as well as a possible MRI brain scan.

You may qualify for this study if you are:

  • Between the age of 18 and 50 years old
  • Are mentally healthy, or are experiencing difficulty feeling emotions such as happiness, experiencing anxiety, depression from the trauma, etc.
  • Mostly right handed and fluent in English
  • Not taking any daily psychiatric medication and are not in psychotherapy on a regular basis
  • Are not current regular tobacco, nicotine or e-cigarette users

If you are interested in more information, please contact us!  Individuals can earn up to $175 for participation in the study, and those eligible to participate in the MRI portion will receive free images of their brain!

This study has been approved by The University of Texas at Austin Institutional Review Board.  For general information about participant rights, contact 1-512-471-8871

To Participate: Please fill out this online survey

For Questions: Call us at 512-495-5856 or e-mail at

Thursday, May 30

More dates through June 15, 2024

Dell Medical School Health Discovery Building (HDB) 1601 Trinity St. Bldg. B Austin, TX 78712

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