Ongoing Studies

For Community Members

Are you interested in participating in a research study related to healthy aging? Take a look at the opportunities listed below and see if one is right for you.

This is a clinical trial of digital cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in adults 55 and older with insomnia and recent suicidal ideation.

(IRB protocol number: 2103622552)

Eligibility: Participants must be 1) 65 or older; 2) have insomnia or difficulty sleeping; and 3) have wanted to die or commit suicide within the past month.

Study Coordinator:

Andrew Tubbs

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) is at the forefront of exciting advancements in arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Clinical trials have been conducted at the UAAC for more than 20 years. The Clinical Research Unit (CRU) offers a great opportunity for individuals who wish to participate in clinical research.


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We are currently working on a joint project between two University of Arizona labs to better understand healthy mind and brain aging in a culturally diverse group of participants. In brief, we are trying to better understand healthy mind and brain aging and how this differs from other brain changes like Alzheimer's disease. This is a longitudinal study, meaning we are seeking to enroll individuals who are interested in participating now, and returning to participate in a few years. In addition to cognitive testing, an MRI scan, and a blood draw, participants will be asked to use two smartphone applications outside the lab for about 10 days. Participants will receive monetary compensation for their time.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Principal investigators: Dr. Matthew Grilli ( and Dr. Jessica Andrews-Hanna (

(IRB protocol number: 2001274054)

Eligibility: 1) Pass a three-part screening process focusing on physical/mental health, MRI safety checks, and a cognitive screen. 2) Ages 18-35 or 60-90. 3) Fluent in English. 4) Complete an in-lab session and use 2 phone apps for about 10 days. 5) Undergo an MRI and blood draw.

Study Coordinator:

Alexis Garcia

The purpose of the current study is to conduct a pilot intervention study investigating the objective health outcomes and mechanisms of change in CBTi. The goal will be to recruit a sample of older adults (ages 50-65) with insomnia to receive CBTi and observe the pre-to-post treatment change in sleep (e.g., EEG, self-report) and associated changes in circadian rhythms (e.g., amplitude, core body temperature, heart rate), biomarkers (e.g., inflammation, genetic, hormonal), cognitive performance, and structural and functional MRI scans.

(IRB protocol number: 2107024013)

Eligibility: Aged 50-65, Normal hearing with or without hearing aids, Ability to speak and read English and ability to give informed consent, Possession of a computer with video and audio capabilities, Meets DSM-5 Criteria for Insomnia Disorder, Internet speed sufficient for participating in teletherapy (e.g., Zoom Health) or SHUTi (for iCBTi group), MoCA scores ≥24 will be deemed normal cognitive status and considered eligible for study participation and/or assessed by the ability to comprehend the baseline screening questionnaires, Willing to refrain from new external behavioral health or medication treatment for issues pertaining to sleep during participation in the study, and Indication that the individual plans to be in the area for the 6 months following the first baseline assessment

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The Human Spatial Cognition Lab in the Psychology Department is actively recruiting healthy young and older adults to participate in research investigating the impact of healthy aging on memory and spatial navigation. Our lab uses a combination of methods to address these questions, including immersive virtual reality, eye tracking, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The goal of this research is to better understand how changes in the aging brain affect specific cognitive abilities, behavior, and wellbeing.

(IRB protocol number: 1807727476)

Eligibility: Participants must be between 18 and 35 years or 65 and 80 years of age. Have normal or corrected to normal vision with glasses/contacts. No neurological disorders or history of seizures.

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The purpose of this study is to examine the potential benefit of a blood pressure technology system to improve medication taking and blood pressure for older adults. (IRB protocol number: STUDY00000653)

Principal investigator: Jeannie Lee, PharmD (

Eligibility: You may be eligible to participate: if you are 65 years of age or older, you are self-managing at least one medication for high blood pressure, and you use an Apple iPhone.

Study Coordinator:

Skye Nicholas

Building energy consumption saving by indoor ambient light color is a interesting work to reseach. Evaluation of the influential factors about the thermal comfort is investigated.

Eligibility: 65+ healthy older people.

Study Coordinator:

Qiyu Chen

This research aims to learn about the aging experience of older black adults. Therefore, we’re looking for older black adults willing to answer questions about/share their experience of aging and being old by participating in semi-structured interviews via Zoom.

Participation will take approximately 2 hours, and participants can choose to complete interviews in one or more sessions based on preference. Although zoom is preferred, in-person interviews may be considered depending on availability

(IRB protocol number: 2012308714)

Study Coordinator:

Amanda Sokan

Researchers are leading a statewide effort to study the long-term effects of COVID-19 as part of the National Institutes of Health’s Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) initiative. The goals of RECOVER are to understand, treat and prevent post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC). Long COVID is a form of PASC and refers to symptoms that persist for weeks or months after the acute infection.

The study will enroll people in 2022 and then follow participants for up to three to four years. If you take part, you will be asked to complete several surveys, have specimens such as blood and nasal swabs collected, and have some physical assessments and lab tests done.  Some participants will be asked to have some additional medical tests done. We would also review your medical records for this research.

We are enrolling people across Arizona!  The study is open to almost everyone age 18 and older, regardless if you have recovered from COVID-19 or you are having long-term effects. We currently are recruiting people who have an active COVID-19 infection - it may be your first time or a re-infection.  We are also enrolling people who have not had COVID-19.

If you are interested in taking part in the RECOVER study, please complete the screening form and a study team member will contact you to see if you are eligible. 

(Study number: STUDY00000158)

Eligibility: The study is open to almost everyone age 18 and older, regardless if you have recovered from COVID-19 or you are having long-term effects. We currently are recruiting people who have an active COVID-19 infection - it may be your first time or a re-infection. We are also enrolling people who have not had COVID-19.

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This study involves documenting stories of music and creative aging with Latino older adults for a digital storytelling website, and building opportunities for intergenerational community engagement through the performance of Latin American love songs.

(IRB protocol number: STUDY00001693)

Study Coordinator:

Jennie Gubner

For Researchers

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