Research participation opportunities

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Contributing to the central mission of USC – the development of human beings and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit – our faculty and staff are leading the way in groundbreaking research – and you can participate! Below are research studies currently seeking participants.

If you have a research opportunity that should be shared with all our faculty and staff, click here.

Cognition and Affect Regulation Study

The Cognition and Affect Regulation (CAR) Lab is recruiting young adults between the ages of 18-30 for the Cognition and Affect Regulation Study (CARS). Eligible participants will either have a history of depression or no psychiatric history.

Paid Study 


Proximal Affect Regulation and Cognition Study

The Cognition and Affect Regulation (CAR) lab is recruiting young adults between the ages of 18-30 for the Proximal Affect Regulation and Cognition Study (PARCS). Eligible participants will have experienced thoughts about death or suicide recently.

Paid Study 


Infant speech and language development study

The Bottjer BABY Lab in the Dornsife departments of Biology and Psychology on the UPC campus is investigating how infants develop speech and language abilities.  Parents with infants between 7-18 months of age are invited to participate; our NIH-funded study includes infants with either typical hearing or hearing loss. 

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Harassment Prevention Training Survey

USC managers who have completed the Harassment Prevention training are invited to participate in a short, anonymous survey that explores experiences with the USC Harassment Prevention training program and its application in the workplace. Results will be aggregated and used to identify recommendations on how to improve learning and behavior in relation to the program.

Suicide prevention study

Researchers in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work are trying to improve suicide prevention by studying the life events prior to a person’s suicide. They seek individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide in the past year or two. Participation involves a 30-60-minute interview via telephone that includes questions about the loved one’s health history, life events, and people they may have talked to about their life events.

Paid Study ($25 Amazon gift card)


Phone: (213)-740-3523

Research on hearing and hearing loss

USC Auditory Research Lab is currently running an NIH-sponsored study of hearing and hearing loss and you are invited to participate.

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Advancing postmenopausal preventive therapy

Researchers at the Atherosclerosis Research Unit at Keck are looking for volunteer women between 45-59 years of age who have not had a hysterectomy and do not have heart disease or diabetes for the NIH-funded study.

Caregiver training study

Do you have a family member with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s? The USC Roybal Institute on Aging is seeking volunteers for the Southern California Caregiver Study to test two different types of classes to test how beneficial they are in helping caregivers care for a family member with memory loss. Participants will be randomized into a 2-hour class that takes place once per week for three weeks or six weeks.


Child language development study

Researchers at the USC Language Development Lab in the Dornsife Psychology department are studying how children learn about different aspects of language. Parents with infants under the age of 12 months and children 2-6 years old are invited to participate in the studies.


Phone:  (213) 740-2396

Down syndrome dental cleaning study

Researchers at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in collaboration with the Dental Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) are looking for 16 children with Down syndrome (DS) ages 6-12 to receive a free dental cleaning at CHLA in a special sensory friendly environment.

Paid Study 


Phone: (323) 442-1864 

Menopausal therapy and hardening of the arteries

The Atherosclerosis Research Unit at Keck School of Medicine is studying whether a new FDA-approved menopausal therapy can slow hardening of the arteries, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease in women. If you are a woman between 45-59 years of age, have not had a hysterectomy and do not have heart disease or diabetes, you may qualify for the NIH-funded study, Advancing Postmenopausal Preventive Therapy.


Phone: (323) 442-2257

Facebook use research study

Researchers at Dornsife Psychology are studying how and why people use Facebook and other social media sites. The study is seeking currently active Facebook users, posting publicly to Facebook at least twice a week on average.

Paid Study ($10)


Target BP 1 study for uncontrolled hypertension

Researchers at Keck School of Medicine are seeking adults ages 18-80 years with a systolic blood pressure of 150-180mmHg who are taking at least 2 hypertension medications. The study is to help improve blood pressure in hypertensive patients via renal denervation using alcohol. 


Phone: (323) 422-3426 

Smoking and mood study

The Psychosocialbiology of Women’s health and Emotion Research (POWER) Lab is seeking smokers over the age of 21 to participate in a study about understanding the effects of depression or mood on smoking behavior. The study focuses on depression as it may increase smoking dependence. Participants do not need to exhibit depressive symptoms in order to participate. Participants can earn up to $255 in compensation.

Paid Study 


Phone: (323) 442-2788

Omega-3 supplements and Alzheimer’s Disease risk

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Keck School of Medicine is studying if omega-3 supplements can help those at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Adults ages 55-80 who have at least one of the follow: high blood pressure, high cholesterol or little to no weekly exercise, or who are overweight – are eligible to participate.

Paid Study 


Phone: (323) 442-0209

All of Us research program

Researchers at USC are working on a historic NIH-funded program called “All of Us” that hopes to enroll one million participants. The purpose of the program is to collect data that will accelerate research and improve health over time. We are looking for adults 18 and over who reside in the U.S. to complete a health questionnaire, give a blood and urine sample and provide access to the participant’s electronic health record.

Paid Study ($25)


Phone: (323) 572-5740 (Call or text “AOU”)

Lung cancer early detection study

The department of Radiology at Keck School of Medicine is seeking current and former smokers ages 50-80 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years, to receive free low-dose CT scans for early detection of lung cancer once a year for three years in exchange for blood samples and questionnaires.


Phone: (323) 442-7672

Impact of culture and genetics on Hispanics with multiple sclerosis

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking Hispanics who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis within the last two years to participate in a study examining the impact of acculturation, cultural perceptions and genetics on disease severity.


Phone: (323) 442-6817

NEST study with the department of Psychology

The department of Psychology NEST lab is seeking couples expecting their first child for a paid study at USC. The child must be the first for both members of the couple, and they must be living together and planning to continue living together after the birth. 

Child development study

USC Brain and Creativity Institute is conducting a child development study that aims to learn more about how language and extracurricular activities impact the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. It is funded by the National Institute of Health and approved by the University of Southern California Board of Ethics.

Contact: (213) 740-0928

Meditation study

Researchers in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology are seeking faculty and staff aged 18-35 to take part in an eight-day meditation study to examine how daily meditation practice influences blood biomarkers associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers must attend two in-person lab sessions at the Andrus Gerontology Center, UPC, and practice 40 minutes of meditation daily.


Phone:  (213)-257-5764

Alzheimer’s disease vaccine or oral medication prevention study

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking adults ages 60-75 years with normal cognition to participate in a study exploring whether a vaccine or oral medication can delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.


Phone: (323) 442-7600

OCD and Wearable Technology Study

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking adults (18-60 years old) with OCD as well as volunteers who do not have an OCD diagnosis in a study to understand how day-to-day behavior and physiology, measured from a wearable biosensor, can be used to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Participants are compensated up to $350 for completion of the study and get to keep the Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker that they wear during the study.


Phone: (323) 230-0162

USC Brain and Creativity Institute and Brain and Music Lab Study

The USC Brain and Creativity Institute and Brain and Music Lab is seeking participants (ages 65-85) for an eight-week research study on music listening and management of agitation and anxiety associated with cognitive impairment in older adults. Participation involves a 1-hour online survey on Zoom with one of our research staff followed by listening to music or audiobooks via a tablet and speaker at home. Participants will be given $30 per hour for their participation.


Phone: (213) 740-3588

Diet & HIIT study arrangement

The Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California is currently recruiting young adults (18-30 years old) that are recreationally active (2-4 times per week), have not participated in high intensity interval training within the past 6 months, and a non-obese BMI to participate in the Diet & HIIT Study. The project involves 5 visits to the lab on the Health Sciences Campus. Compensation is available


Phone: (323) 442-0175

The Southern California Caregiver Study

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study for persons caring for family members with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. We want to test two different types of classes to see if one or both are just as beneficial in helping caregivers care for a family member with memory loss.

Phone: (213) 740-1887

Multiple Sclerosis & Diet

The Department of Neurology is conducting a clinical trial at Keck School of Medicine to study periods of a medically designed low-calorie diet (modified fasting) for patients with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. There is evidence that the diet can impact symptoms of MS and may help to improve neurological status and quality of life. This is a 12-month study with 3 periods of a modified fasting diet.


RECover Study

The Center for Self-Report Science is recruiting adults (at least 18 years old) for a new research project exploring how people perceive and recall recent experiences. Eligible participants must have NO known visual nor hearing impairment and NO existing condition that limits their ability to concentrate and engage in activities for an extended period of time. To learn more and find out if you are eligible, take the confidential survey.

Stress and aging Study

The study examines whether short instances of stress can increase or decrease the naturally occurring biomarkers that behave abnormally in Alzheimer’s disease. We are looking for non-pregnant, non-lactating, healthy adults who are 18-30 or 50-65 years old, who weigh at least 110 pounds, who don’t have cognitive impairment, who have no conditions incompatible with completing a stressful task, and who are not afraid of needles or giving blood. Participants will be eligible to receive up to $300 upon study completion.