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Research Opportunities

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If you would prefer to contact us directly to ask about current research opportunities or anything else, you are encouraged to contact the lab directly by calling (940-369-8135) or sending an e-mail ( You can also contact the lab director, Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal at

Recent Research Studies

Adolescent Emotions and Health-related Behaviors

We looked at 14-17 year-old female adolescents in a study looking at the role of emotions in risky health-related behaviors. Eligible adolescents came into the lab to complete interviews, questionnaires, and a series of computer tasks, as well as provided six salivary (spit) samples and recieved compensation for the participation.

Three months after the appointment, the teens have been invited to complete a 30-minute phone call, for which they will be compensated $5.

Parents were also given the option to choose to participate in a brief (30 min) interview!

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SHEL Laboratory Collaboration (for adults)

We collaborated with our colleagues in the Sleep and Health in Everyday Life lab on two related studies for individuals ages 18-55 years interested in using an investigational product that contains cannabidiol (CBD; non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant) and other over-the-counter substances (e.g., melatonin, linalool [component of lavender oil], limonene [component of citrus oil], and/or L-theanine [amino acid found in tea]).

The purpose of these studies was to see if a low, moderate dose of CBD (in combination with either melatonin and linalool, or linalool, limonene, and L-theanine) is effective for improving rest, relaxation, and mood.

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