Do you hurt yourself intentionally?  Have you ever hurt your body on purpose when you felt upset?  Do you live close to the New York City area?

If so, you may be eligible for a research study aimed at understanding self-injury in adolescents and young adults.  Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY) are recruiting female adolescents and young adults (13 to 25 years old) who have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).  For teens under 18 years of age, parent or guardian permission is required.  Between $100-120 compensation will be provided for 3-4 hours of your time.

Purpose of the Study: We hope to learn more about the differences in the brain that may lead to self-injury in adolescence and young adulthood.  These findings may help us develop new, better treatments for NSSI.

What Would Participation Require:  Participation will involve a brief phone screening (to determine eligibility) and an in-person visit to the New York State Psychiatric Institute MRI Unit that will take about 3-4 hours.  The study visit includes three steps: 1) interviews and surveys, 2) games and puzzles, and 3) an MRI scan lasting approximately 1.5 hours.  There are no known adverse effects of having an MRI.  MRI is a safe type of imaging that allows us to take pictures of the brain.

Compensation: Up to $120 will be provided for participation.  Treatment referrals will also be provided to those who would like help for their NSSI.

Interested? Have questions?  For more information, please call 646-774-5720, or email  All inquiries are confidential.