About Our Research

At the Youth Collaborative, we understand that finding the right research study can be challenging. That's why we offer a variety of opportunities to fit the needs of our participants. We work closely with individuals ages 12-25 taking into consideration factors such as time commitment, type of study, and potential benefits. We also offer clinical services and partner with local schools to educate students and their parents.

Some of our studies are longer and require a more significant time commitment, while others are shorter and only require 1-2 visits. Additionally, we offer treatment studies, to help individuals reduce their substance use, as well as observational studies that require no change in behavior. Our goal is to provide a range of options so that individuals can choose the study that best aligns with their interests.

We understand that not every research study will be a good fit for every individual. That's why we take the time to understand our participants' needs and goals and work with them to find the best option for their specific situation. We have established relationships with a network of professionals and organizations and can provide referrals to other resources and programs that may be better suited for your needs.

Why Participate in Research?

  • Participation is voluntary and safety is the top priority of the research team.
  • Engaging in research is a great way to contribute to science. Information gained from research participation may help and aid in the understanding of substance use disorders and possible treatments.
  • All treatment studies have been vetted for scientific merit and are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
  • The Institutional Review Board at MUSC has approved the studies for meeting the requirements of the Office for Human Research Protections of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.
  • To help protect participants’ privacy, a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health is in place.
  • All research data is kept strictly confidential and participation does not impact your service delivery within the MUSC enterprise of MUSC Health, any employment, or academic record at the institution.
  • Participation for youth under age 18 requires parental/legal guardian consent. Parents/legal guardians will not be informed about their child’s substance use as it pertains to their participation in the study with the exception of any immediate safety issues.
  • Research participants will receive applicable individual counseling and study medication at no cost.
  • Payment is provided for participation.