The Health and Emotions in Adolescents: Research and Trajectories (HEART) lab researches emotional disorders in adolescents using fMRI and real-time fMRI. The lab's primary study is focused on adolescents with major depression and adolescents with depression and a history of abuse or trauma, with an enrolled total of 230 participants. Two other small studies focus on adolescents with nonsuicidal self-injury and high levels of suicidality respectively. All of the these studies use fMRI tasks that focus on self concepts in order to illicit neurological pathways of self-processing. Group analyses are then run to examine the differences in self-processing in relation to emotional disorders. In addition to fMRI tasks, the researchers collect a structural MRI scan and a diffusion tensor imaging scan for each participant.
This group is also conducting cutting-edge research with real-time fMRI and are collaborating with MSI staff to process the data in a cost-effective and user-friendly fashion.