Depression, TMS, Psychotherapy and Brain Function Research Study
Service Provider
National Institute of Mental Health
Can This Service Be Accessed Virtually / Remotely?
Service Description
This research study seeks depressed participants to test the effects of the combination of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy on brain function. This study is enrolling eligible adults ages 18-65 with major depressive disorder, who are free of other serious medical conditions. If you are currently taking anti-depressants, you may still be eligible.

This inpatient and/or outpatient study involves daily visits for 8 weeks followed by once-monthly visits for 3 months. Participation includes research evaluations, brain scans, and active TMS and cognitive therapy with a therapist, or inactive TMS and cognitive therapy with a therapist. Those who received inactive TMS may receive active TMS after the experimental phase is completed. After completing the study, participants receive short-term care at the NIH while transitioning back to a provider. The 3 monthly follow up visits can be conducted via telephone.

All clinical evaluations, research tasks and visits are free of cost. Participants are compensated for research procedures. The study is conducted at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, and is enrolling participants nationwide, from across the United States. Travel arrangements are provided and costs are covered by NIMH (arrangements vary by distance).
No insurance needed
Always Free?
Financial Aid
Transportation Assistance
Service Focus
Eligibility Criteria
Adults ages 18-65 with a major depressive disorder and current depression. If taking an antidepressant, should have been doing so for at least 4 weeks.
Research-Supported Treatments
Currently Unknown
Age Groups Served
Adults, Seniors / Older Adults, Young Adults
Specialized Services for Gender Groups
No specialized services
Racial / Ethnic Groups Served
No specialized services
Specialized Services for LGBTQ+
No specialized services
Special Groups Served
Not applicable
Currently Unknown
Yes there is a waitlist
Licensed Providers?
Currently Unknown
Eligible States
National Availability (all 50 states)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC), Building 61, 10 Cloister Court, Bethesda, Maryland (Office of Patient Recruitment) 20892
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