Studies for adults

Interested in participating in research on the immune system?

About: Brown University is conducting a study on alcohol, the brain, and the immune system.

Who: Ages 21-60. Able to consume alcohol safely. Able to consume nuts & soy safely. Free of metal devices or implants in the body. Able to attend 2 visits at our lab.

Compensation:  Participants will be compensated up to $220 for their time and effort.

This study does not involve medication or treatment

For more information please call 401-793-4317, or email [email protected]

Study Flyer

Protocol Number 1904002429


About: Researchers at Brown University are developing Bluetooth beacon-based technology to understand alcohol use and other health behaviors among friends. Participation in this confidential research study involves completing surveys on a smartphone several times a day over 21 days, completing two in-person visits at Brown University and with assistance from researchers, identifying three friends who we will ask to participate in a part of the study. Participants must either own an Android phone or be willing to carry a project phone during the study period.

Who: 18 – 24 year olds who have consumed alcohol use at least once in the past month

Compensation: You may receive up to $255.

Contact: [email protected] or click the link if interested:

Protocol #: 1908002522

Are you a guy that likes guys? Brown University Study on Men's Health. Participation involves: 

  • Coming to our offices in downtown Providence for one appointment (takes about 30 minutes)
  • Downloading a study “app” onto your smartphone
  • Taking a home HIV test kit with you and trying it out within 1 week
  • Receiving a follow-up phone call from a counselor
  • Completing a 30 minute phone interview about your experience
  • You will be paid $50 for participating

To see if you're eligible for this study, please click the link below to complete an online survey. It takes 5-10 minutes to finish. We ask for some contact information at the end of the survey. This information is only used for scheduling purposes and will never be connected with your answers to survey questions. After you finish the survey, if you're eligible, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

If you have questions about this study, contact Erik at 401-863-6684 or [email protected]. Thanks again for your interest!

Arthritis Research Study at Brown University looking for volunteers ages 18-65. Eligible participants must have a current rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis diagnosis to participate in confidential research on cannabis’ effects on associated pain and inflammation. Receive $300 by completing the study. Call 401-863-6433 or email [email protected] [Study protocol # 1904002430]


Estudio de Investigación de Artritis en la Universidad de Brown en busca de voluntarios de 18 a 65 años. Los participantes elegibles deben tener un diagnóstico actual de artritis reumatoide o psoriásica para participar en una investigación confidencial sobre los efectos del cannabis en el dolor e inflamación. Reciba $300 por completar el estudio. Llame al 401-863-6433 o envié un correo electrónico a [email protected] [Protocolo de estudio # 1904002430]

About: A brain imaging research study. This study involves the use of nasal spray.

Who: Adults (18-60 years old) cigarette smokers and alcohol drinkers who smoke 1 ½ packs of cigarettes a week and drink regularly.

Time Involved: 3 Visits

Compensation: Up to $250

For more information please call/text 401-424-1813, or email

Drinking and Smoking Study Flyer

We are looking for volunteers who use cigarettes and e-cigarette products to take part in a confidential research study at Brown University.

Who: Age 21-34

Time Involved: Participation involves answering questionnaires, completing a brief medical screening, visiting our lab located in Providence for 3 in-person sessions and completing surveys on your mobile phone for 4 weeks.

Compensation: Participants will be compensated up to $604 for their participation.

Contact Information: Please call Mary Ellen at 401-863-5521.

See if you are eligible:

About: The Get Fit to Quit study involves a 16-week treatment program focused on managing weight and quitting smoking for overweight or obese smokers. 

Who: Adults ages 18-75 years old who are overweight or obese and have at least 5 cigarettes per day. 

Time Involved: 20 hours (1 hour per week)

Compensation: Up to $230

For more information please call 401-484-7848, or email

View the study flyer

Want to Quit Smoking? 

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study by Brown University investigators examining a medication to help alcohol drinkers who want to quit cigarette smoking. If eligible, participants receive, at no cost, a 6-week supply of nicotine patch and 6 individual sessions with a smoking cessation counselor, and study medication. In addition, participants may earn up to $150 for completing questionnaires and interviews. To learn more about the study, call 401-863-6681.

Pathways is recruiting adults who speak English or Spanish for a research study that provides counseling that may help some adults drink less alcohol. You do not need insurance.

Who: Adults age 18+ who drink alcohol

Time Involved: Up to 14 hours over 3 months

Compensation: You will be paid up to $532. You can choose to stop the study at any time.

Contact Information: Answer a few questions to see if our study is a good fit for you! Gabe can also answer questions about our study: call or text (401) 863-5566, or email [email protected] 

Pathways Flyer.pdf


Who: Age 18-30

About:  We are looking for research volunteers in the Providence area who drink alcohol and use cannabis regularly to participate in a paid confidential research study from Brown University. 

Time Involved: Participation involves completing interviews, filling out questionnaires, and the use of an alcohol sensor bracelet and smart phones to report on alcohol and other substance use in daily life for four weeks. Procedures will occur remotely (via videoconference) with the option of an in-person session.

Compensation:   Participants will be compensated up to $450 for their participation.

Contact: or (401) 863-6635

See if you are eligible

Who: Do you drink alcohol? Are you between the ages of 18-29?

About: You may be eligible to participate in a study on the drinking experiences of young adults. Participation will involve annual in-person sessions, online surveys, and three separate month-long daily data collection periods over the course of two years. Daily data collection includes surveys via a mobile app and wearing a biosensor bracelet that detects your drinking. All data collection is confidential.

Time involved: Participation will involve annual in-person sessions, online surveys, and three separate month-long daily data collection periods over the course of two years.

Compensation: If eligible, you can receive up to $337 over 1 month in the first year, and up to $1,000 total over the course of the study. Some participants may be eligible for up to $1,026 over the course of the study. You may be compensated though a reloadable spending card or an gift card.

Contact:  With any questions, contact [email protected].

See if you may be eligible  View Study Flyer

Protocol #2883. Principal Investigator: Merrill.
Brown University’s Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Who: Project CannTalk is looking for volunteers ages 18-74. Eligible participants must be current cannabis users, cannabis growers, or budtenders to participate in confidential research at Brown University studying messages about cannabis.

About: Follow the link to complete the initial online screening: 

Compensation:  Receive up to $40 by completing the study.

Contact: Call 401-863-1367 or email [email protected] with any questions.

[Study Protocol #2022003281]

Flyer 1 CannTalk.pdf

Flyer 2 CannTalk.pdf

Flyer 3 CannTalk.pdf

Tell us about your experience with HIV prevention and treatment!

Eligible participants must be:

  • Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino
  • Men who have sex with other men
  • 18 years or older

We are currently seeking participants for a focus group with other men who have sex with men.

If eligible, you could earn $40 in compensation as well as $10 for your transportation/childcare costs.

If you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for the study, or have any questions, please call 401-837-3335 or email [email protected].

Project MAP is a Brown University School of Public Health Research study.

About: Project MARS is looking for volunteers ages 21-50. Eligible participants must be current alcohol drinkers and cannabis users to participate in a confidential research study on the effects of cannabis and alcohol at Brown University. Participants will complete in-person study sessions and daily surveys in a phone app.

Compensation: Receive up to $572 by completing the study.

Contact: Follow the link to complete the initial online screening: Call 401-863-6688 or email [email protected] with any questions.

Study flyer

Study Protocol # 2022003195

Name: Project Milestones: A Two-Year Longitudinal Study (IRB Number: 2107003057)

Who: Young adults ages 18-25 years old who never attended four-year college

About: Over the course of 2 years, you will be asked to compete 5 online surveys. Each survey takes about 1 hour to complete. At the end of the survey, you will also be asked to recruit your friends to participate in the survey. Although you will not be compensated for this, we would like you to ask 5 of your friends to participate in the survey. The point of this is to examine if developmental milestones and transitions occur at the same time within social networks. This is a Brown University research study.

Compensation:  Participants will receive $30 in an electronic Amazon gift card for completing each of the five surveys. Participants will be compensated an extra $60 if they complete all of the follow-up surveys and $30 for completing 3 of the 4 follow-up surveys.

Contact Info: Matthew Meisel at (401) 863-6590 or email: [email protected]

Enrollment in the study is completed. Participants will be contacted by the research team about the follow-up surveys.


About: The purpose of this study is to learn more about the development of adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 

Who: For teens and young adults (12-24 years old) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 

Time Involved: Study participation involves 4 interviews over 3 years. 

Compensation: Youth can receive a maximum of $395 and parents/guardians can receive a maximum of $225 for their time.

Contact info: For more information please visit

About: A non-treatment research study involving individuals who use alcohol and other drugs at the same time so that their effects overlap

Who: Participants must be between 18 and 35 years of age

Time involved: Study participation involves a 75-minute remote individual interview

Compensation: Participants will be provided a $50 gift card for their participation

To learn more about the study and see if you are eligible to participate, visit

You must have a valid form of ID to participate. Regardless of eligibility, completing the screener will enter you into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

To complete the screener, visit

Simultaneous Use Patterns (SUP) Study Flyer

We are looking for participants who drink alcohol that are interested in seeking treatment, and are at least 18 years of age.

  • A non-treatment research study involving individuals who are heavy alcohol drinking individuals is being conducted at Brown University.
  • Study participation duration is 16 weeks.
  • Study involves receiving the oral administration of a medication under stress-induced condition.
  • Participants may be compensated up to $565 for their participation.

For more information (401) 863-6646 or email at [email protected] 
All calls/emails will be held in strict confidence.

About: This study involves taking two different nasal spray medications for 7 days each, then coming to our laboratory to complete assessments under a stress induced condition.

Who:  Participants who have been on a stable dose of Buprenorphine/Naloxone/Suboxone/Methadone for at least 3 months, and are between the ages of 18 - 70.

Time Involved: Study participation involves 7 outpatient visits over 20 days.

Compensation:  You may receive up to $550 for your time.

For more information please call (401) 863-6646, or email [email protected]

All calls/emails will be held in strict confidence

Adult smoking research study

We are investigating the effects of very low nicotine versus normal nicotine content cigarettes among individuals with affective disorders. This is NOT a treatment to help you quit smoking.

Who: Adult smokers age 21+ who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety are needed.

Time Involved: 20 weeks

Compensation: You may receive up to $2,796 for completing all 20 weeks of the study.

Contact Information: Please call Julissa at 401-863-6670 or email [email protected] for more information.


Guilt Research Study

Are you bothered by something you did or did not do during the pandemic?

About: Testing an intervention for pandemic-related guilt and distress for military veterans. 

Who: Veterans who deployed post-9/11

Time Involved: 3 virtual research appointments and 6-7 virtual therapy sessions. The study will take 15-20 hours over 4 months.

Compensation:  Participants are compensated $120 for full participation.

For more information please call 401-388-0766, or email

TRIGR Study Flyer

Brown University Protocol #1607001564