Learn about Our Current Study

What is this study about?

This research study explores ways to improve the treatment of depression. If eligible, participants will be randomized to one of two forms of cognitive behavioral therapy. Both forms of therapy involve 12 weeks of virtual / online psychotherapy sessions, provided free of charge. Participants will be asked to complete online surveys at several points over the course of their treatment and in the months following treatment.

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Mood changes reflected by feeling low, gloomy, sad, blue, irritable, or crying more easily than usual
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in things that used to be enjoyable, such as spending time with others, hobbies, sports, or work
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Feeling tired, slowed down, or lacking energy
  • Self-criticism, feeling guilty, or feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty making decisions, concentrating, or thinking clearly
  • Thoughts of death or harming yourself


Who is the study for?

We are looking for adults who live in Ohio and have been feeling depressed. To participate you must be age 18 or older, have ongoing access to a stable internet connection, and not currently be taking psychiatric medications used to treat depression or anxiety. There are some additional eligibility criteria. If interested, you would be asked additional questions to determine if you are eligible.

How long does it last?

Participants will complete 12 weeks of treatment and will be asked to complete follow-up assessments each month for 6 months after completing treatment.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no cost associated with being in the study.

How do I get involved?

To take the first steps in finding out if you are eligible, click here.


If you have questions about the study, email us at ASC-mood-research@osu.edu