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Temple University Seeks Volunteers for a Research Study on Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Source: Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Distance supported education: A randomized, controlled trial

We are doing a research study to learn more about how we can support students with mental health issues to help them succeed in school.

Students who enroll in the study may have a chance to work with someone who will help them to set goals related to their education, relationships, mental health and campus life, and receive encouragement and support to achieve their goals. All study communication will take place electronically (e.g. telephone, email, text message, Skype).

To be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 50
  • Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia-spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder or depression
  • Be currently receiving mental health services
  • Not currently receiving academic accommodations
  • Be currently enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college, university, or tech/vocational school
  • Want to get help with school related to your mental health issues in at least two areas
  • Have access to a computer, the internet, and a cellphone for communications

All participants will receive information about attending college with a disability and about their school’s counseling center and office of disability services. Participants will receive $20 for each completed survey, for a total of $60 if all three surveys are completed.

If you are interested in participating in this study, you may contact research staff at 215-204-3257 or, or take our screener:

This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Mark Salzer, who is a faculty member in the Rehabilitation Sciences Department at Temple University, 1700 N. Broad, Suite 304, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

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