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Welcome to The

Depression and Self-Help (DaSH) Study

Participate in our online study and get a free self-help program with cognitive-behavioral skills designed to help you improve your depression. We are researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno studying how an online cognitive behavioral therapy program can be used to improve depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is a type of therapy where you examine and challenge the thoughts and behaviors that keep you stuck and try new ways of responding to your environment. It has been shown in a large number of studies to be very effective at treating depressive symptoms. For more information about what you would be asked to do and whether you may be eligible for the study, scroll down. If you’d like to enroll in this study, click 'Start Study Here' at the top of the page.

What would I do in the study?

You would be asked to:

  1. complete roughly 20-minutes of measures before the self-help program,
  2. start the self-help program right away or after a one-month delay,
  3. practice cognitive-behavioral exercises online and offline for one month, and
  4. complete a measure of depression every other week for two months.

Will I get paid for doing the study?*

If you enroll, you will receive a:

  1. free self-help program with an estimated value of $27.00,
  2. $3.00 Amazon gift card for completing the pre program measures,
  3. $5.00 Amazon gift card for completing the remainder of the study, and
  4. chance to win one of three $50.00 Visa gift cards.
    • Every depression measure you complete will give you a chance to win.
    • If you complete all five depression measures, you will have five chances to win.
    • You will only be able to win a maximum of one Visa gift card.

*We are no longer enrolling new participants. MTurk and SONA participants that have already enrolled will receive slightly different incentives. Please see original recruitment material for details.

Am I eligible for the study?

You may be eligible if you:

  1. are 18 years of age or older,
  2. are fluent in English (US only), and
  3. are experiencing depression*,
  4. are not in therapy for depression,
  5. if taking psychiatric medication, have been on the same medication with the same dose for at least a month,
  6. have not experienced psychosis or mania in the past six months,
  7. have regular access to a computer with the Internet.
  8. *feeling down or blue and/or loss of interest in things you used to enjoy doing

Who do I contact for questions?

For any other questions, please
call: (775) 526-0689 or