Research Studies at the Johns Hopkins Center for Reproductive Mental Health

We are also actively recruiting participants for ongoing research studies. The combination of research with clinical practice keeps our clinicians up to date with evidence-based and high-quality practices. We offer research studies for:

  • people with menstrual cycle-related mood symptoms

Mood Across the Menstrual Cycle Study

The Johns Hopkins Reproductive Mental Health Center (RMHC) is currently recruiting people with OR without premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) for a research study on the menstrual cycle. Individuals with PMS or PMDD experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, or anger the week leading up to their period. These feelings go away shortly after the period begins. Other people do not have premenstrual mood symptoms. We invite persons with OR without premenstrual mood symptoms to participate in this study.

Participants in the study will complete 3 remote visits, conducted by telephone or video chat, over the course of 2-3 months. Participants will also complete blood draws. Study participation includes daily tracking of mood and physical symptoms across your menstrual cycle, completing questionnaires about your mood and health, collecting saliva samples, monitoring when your menstrual period starts, and completing blood draws during the week before your period starts.

If you are someone who has regular menstrual cycles, we invite you to see if you qualify for our research study.
To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be age 18-50
  • Not be taking hormonal birth control (the pill, the patch, the shot, the Mirena/Skyla IUD)
  • Not be using psychiatric medications such as antidepressants

If interested, please click the link to take you to the eligibility survey
Principal Investigator: Liisa Hantsoo, Ph.D, Protocol #: IRB00256856

Survey of Premenstrual or Perimenopausal Symptom Coping

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are seeking individuals to participate in a research study looking at views about psychedelics and the psychological effects of psychedelics. In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, we are conducting this online survey to assess individuals’ emotions, beliefs, behaviors, and experiences related to using a drug, particularly in the context of the menstrual cycle, premenstrual symptoms, or perimenopausal symptoms.

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and be willing to respond to an anonymous survey.

Please click the link to participate in the anonymous survey.
Principal Investigator: David Yaden, Ph.D Protocol #: IRB00298239