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HEAT Bed Study

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The Osher Center for Integrative Health is recruiting adults for a research study to see if sauna sessions can impact symptoms of depression. Participants attend up to 14 visits over the span of 10 weeks. All participants will receive cognitive behavioral therapy, a psychotherapy that has been shown to reduce depression symptoms. All participants are randomly assigned to receive either 4 active sauna sessions that cause increases in body temperature or 4 sham sauna sessions that do not cause these increases in body temperature.

Participants in the HEAT Bed Study will:

  • Receive 8 cognitive behavioral therapy sessions with a licensed clinician 
  • Complete 4 sauna sessions
  • Be compensated up to $105 for visits 

Participant Eligibility:

  • 18 years or older
  • Have been experiencing depression for at least 4 weeks
  • Not currently taking antidepressants. 

Take this brief survey to learn if you are eligible.


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Research team

Principal Investigators: Ashley Mason, PhDFrederick Hecht, MD

Clinical Research Coordinators and Collaborators: Claudine Anglo, Jenna Borovinksy, Stefanie Roberts, and Patricia Moran.

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