Mental and neurological illnesses are common, and many of us have experienced illnesses either personally, through family, or through friends. There is so much to learn in order to improve the prevention, recognition, and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. As humans, we share many common traits: how we relate to each other, how we feel, how we act, and how we think. Understanding our similarities and differences is important to understanding who we are and how we maintain health.
The Rockland Sample is one of the very first large-scale studies to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging with open science. Open science means sharing the data (after personal identifiers are removed) with scientists around the world. Having many people work together speeds the pace at which discoveries can be made.
Why is your program called “Rockland Sample”? Read More
In our first study, Discovery Science, The National Institutes of Health chose Rockland County (and the surrounding zip codes in Orange, Westchester, and Bergen Counties) because the population of Rockland County closely matches the population of the whole United States. The success of the initiative depended on the volunteerism of Rockland County residents. (And it was a success. Thank you!)
Do I need to live in Rockland County to participate? Read More
No, our current studies have expanded to include residents of Orange, Westchester, and Bergen Counties.
Where does the study take place? Read More
All studies in the Initiative take place at the Nathan Kline Institute in Orangeburg, NY. It is easily accessible by municipal bus routes. Click here for a map and directions.
How old do you have to be to participate? Read More
The Child Longitudinal Study is open to children from ages 6 to 17. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The Neurofeedback Study is open to adults from ages 21 to 45. The Adult Longitudinal Study is open to adults from ages 38 to 71.
Can I do the study on the weekend? Read More
Yes. We are open for participants seven days a week.
What will I have to do during the study? Read More
More details about the studies can be found here:
Will I get paid for participating in the study? Read More
Participants in the Child Longitudinal Study will receive a total of $625 for all five visits. Participants in the Neurofeedback Study will receive a total of $280 for all three visits. Participants in the Adult Longitudinal Study will receive a total of $965 for all nine visits.
Lunch is provided on visits that last most of the day and breakfast is provided on some visits. Transportation costs are included in the total for each study.
Is the information you collect about me confidential? Read More
All personal health information, including all test results, will be kept completely confidential. All information collected during the study will be separated from participants’ identifying information such as name, birth date, and address. Data that are shared scientifically will have none of these identifiers. Also, each study in the Rockland Sample Initiative has a special Certificate of Confidentiality granted by the US Government. The Certificate of Confidentiality protects research information from court subpoena to force disclosure.
Do I get the results of the study? Read More
Because this is your information, you have the right to request access to results.
Adults will receive a copy of their blood work results and their MRI report if they wish. Families of children who participate will receive written and verbal feedback about their child’s results from a licensed clinician. Our clinical research team is available to discuss results from other study procedures and provide personalized feedback upon request.
Who is paying for the study? Read More
This study is made possible through the support of the New York State Office of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health.
May family members participate? Read More
Yes, family members may participate.
What is an MRI? Read More
An MRI is a way of taking detailed pictures of the brain using a large magnet. There are no known medical risks associated with an MRI. The MRI does not expose people to radiation like X-rays or other ways scientists take pictures of the brain. The MRI can be loud, so participants wear special noise cancelling headphones.