Healthy Volunteers
Study Visits
Total compensation up to $300

If you are eligible and interested in the study, we will contact you to schedule a screening visit. This visit will help us determine if you are eligible beyond what we can learn from you over the phone. 

CARE Study 
A study of Children and adolescents with Avoidant/Restrictive Eating
Study Aim
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is characterized by restrictive food intake for reasons that are not associated with weight and shape concerns. Individuals with ARFID may exhibit avoidance of foods due to a prior choking incident, sensory sensitivities, and/or chronic low appetite and little interest in eating. 
Our study aims to investigate how ARFID can affect different hormones and regions of the brain in comparison to healthy volunteers who do not have this disorder. In this study, we use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), psychological assessments, and evaluation of hormones in the blood to better understand brain and hormone activity, as well as behavioral markers, of ARFID. We hope to identify mechanisms that might influence what might contribute to the development and recovery of ARFID, and how this might differ among individuals in the study.
Healthy volunteers (males and females, 10-22 years old) who are eligible for the CARE study will have two study visits (not more than 3 months apart).

Baseline (Main) Visit

Initial Screening Visit

  • History, physical, & blood work

  • Psychological assessment

  • MRI pre-screen safety questionnaire

  • History, physical, & blood work

  • Psychological assessment

  • MRI scans

  • Behavioral assessments

  • Breakfast and a snack

Nurse Practitioner:
Kristine Hauser
(617) 724-2235


Kamryn Eddy, PhD
Laura Holsen, PhD
Madhusmita Misra, MD
Tom Hildebrandt, PsyD*
Melissa Freizinger, PhD**


Principal Investigators:
Jennifer Thomas, PhD
Elizabeth Lawson, MD
Nadia Micali, MD, PhD*


Studies Currently Recruiting Healthy Volunteers


*Mount Sinai School of Medicine
**Boston Children's Hospital
Study Coordinator: 

Jenny Jo

(617) 643-3619


© 2013 MGH Adolescent Neuroendocrine Unit.

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