COPE Research Participation

The following research studies are in progress:

If you're interested in participating, see the contact information under each study below.


Mood and Anxiety Comorbidity in the Presentation and Course of Anorexia Nervosa

What we'll study

Researchers at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic are studying the relation of mood and anxiety problems to treatment response in patients with anorexia nervosa.

Who can participate

To participate, you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be receiving inpatient or day hospital treatment at COPE
  • Have been told by COPE staff that you have a current or past diagnosis of anorexia nervosa (we will provide a free diagnostic evaluation if you're unsure)

How we'll conduct the study

Study participants will complete interviews and questionnaires over six total sessions:

  • Two during treatment
  • One before discharge
  • One each at 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge

Assessment sessions will require one to 4.5 hours to complete.

Study activities during treatment will be conducted at COPE. Follow-up appointments will take place at COPE or by phone or mail.

Participants will be paid $350 for completing all study activities.

Who to contact

For more information, please call study investigator, Jennifer Wildes, PhD, at 412-246-5841.

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Olanzapine Versus Placebo for Outpatients with Anorexia Nervosa

What we'll study

Researchers at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic are conducting a placebo-controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of a research medication in the outpatient treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa.

Who can participate

In order to participate, you must…

  • Have anorexia nervosa
  • Be 18-55 years of age
  • Be medically stable for outpatient treatment (screening evaluation will be provided at no cost to you)

How we'll conduct the study

Study participants will be offered 16 weeks of medication (active or inactive) and medical monitoring by a psychiatrist. All treatment will be provided at no cost to you.

Study participants will be asked to complete assessments (interviews, questionnaires, or medical evaluations) before treatment, at monthly intervals during treatment, and at one- and two-month follow-up appointments.

Information gathered for the study will remain confidential.

Study participants will be paid $250 upon completion of the study activities.

Who to contact

For more information, please call 412-246-5930

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Additional Resources

Search for more research studies at the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Clinical Research.

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