Research

We are recruiting individuals facing any stress symptoms, like sleep problems, aches and pains, anxiety, difficulties with memory and attention, and food cravings to understand how stress promotes these symptoms and the best ways to reverse the pattern and improve health and function.

We are currently recruiting healthy individuals, social drinkers, smokers, and individuals seeking treatment for excessive alcohol and nicotine use. Studies range from assessment appointments, where you would complete several paper and pencil questionnaires, interviews, to brain scans and laboratory studies.

Novel approaches to reduce stress and improve function and health are being developed and tested. We are recruiting individuals interested in reducing the effects of stress on unhealthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.

Stress and Chronic Disease Studies

Are you looking for help with your stress symptoms?

The Yale Stress Center offers free treatment to reduce stress symptoms, improve mental and physical function and in making adaptive lifestyle choices. Eligible research participants are those between the ages of 18-65. You will also be paid for research participation.

At the Yale Stress Center we are developing new prevention and treatment strategies to decrease the harmful impact of stress on physical and mental health, and increase our ability to regulate stress and have better self-control over emotions, cognition and behavior.

There is evidence to show that stress and adversity promotes negative thinking, anxiety, bad habits and other poor lifestyle choices by disrupting brain function related to self-control, decision making, healthy desire and mood. Chronic stress and adversity can also disrupt normal cardiac, metabolic and immune function thereby increasing the risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, infections and some types of cancers.

Stress increases the risk of a number of mental and physical conditions, which in turn increases the risk of chronic disease. Improving physical and mental health functioning under stress can decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Studies

Are you looking for help to cut back or stop using alcohol and other drug use?

The Yale Stress Center offers free inpatient or outpatient treatment with study participation. Eligible research participants are those between the ages of 18-50. You can be paid between $400-500 for your participation.

At The Yale Stress Center we are developing new prevention and treatment strategies to decrease the harmful impact of stress, alcohol and drugs on health, and increase our ability to regular stress and have better self-control over addictive behavior.

There is now evidence to show that stress encourages addictive behaviors, bad habits and other poor lifestyle choices by disrupting brain function related to self-control, decision making, and normal healthy desire.

Stress increases the risk of these choices becoming bad habits, which in turn increases the risk of chronic disease. Breaking the link between stress and bad habits will decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Stress Reduction Program

Interested in joining a free weekly stress reduction program that includes mindfulness and gentle yoga, nutrition and physical activity, while earning up to $340 for participating in a Yale Stress Center research study?

Stress increases the risk of lapsing into bad habits, such as smoking, drinking too much, eating unhealthy foods and sedentary lifestyles, all of which increases the risk of chronic conditions and diseases, such as hypertension, heart disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome, Type II diabetes, and some types of cancer.

Breaking the link between stress and bad habits will keep you healthy and decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases.

The focus of this program is on developing healthy lifestyle habits and decreasing stress through mindfulness and gentle yoga, lifestyle coaching, good nutrition and exercise. Mindfulness is known to decrease stress and could help you gain back control over your thoughts and behaviors.

In this program, we practice bringing awareness to our everyday activities so that we can actually change the nature of the experience. By being full aware of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the body, we can have more choices and freedom in our lives.

If you’re interested in decreasing your food cravings, losing weight or changing your smoking or drinking habits, you may find this course to be especially useful.

Stress Research Clinic

The Stress Research Clinic conducts research in development of stress biomarkers that predict risk of stress-related chronic diseases including mental disorders such as depressive, anxiety and addictive disorders and physical health disorders including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, liver and renal disease and immune disorders and some cancers.

A second goal of the Stress Research Clinic is to develop, test and validate novel pharmacological and behavioral intervention strategies to reduce and reverse the toxic effects of trauma and stress in humans and to support and enhance resilience and adaptive coping to prevent stress-related diseases and promote recovery from these chronic illnesses.

Please call 1-800-Y-STRESS or visit our Research participation section.

Research Contact

Contact us to learn more @ 1-888-Y-STRESS (1-888-978-7377)