Improving Mental Health in Young Adults

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of health interventions on depression symptoms in college students between the age of 18-25. We would like to examine if depressive symptoms and a specific protein marker measured in the blood are related and change over time. Further, we would like to understand if changes in depressive symptoms would impact the quality of life. Participants will be provided an activity tracker to wear for 10 weeks to collect data on sleep and lifestyle for the duration of the study.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Young adults between 18 to 25 years of age
  • Enrolled at the University of Central Florida
  • Mild to moderate depressive symptoms
  • Sedentary or insufficiently active for a minimum of 6 months
  • Are not currently pregnant or nursing
  • Are not receiving cognitive behavioral therapy or antidepressant medication

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Current smoker
  • Current psychosis
  • Exercise contraindicated based on high health risk status (e.g., uncontrolled asthma, musculoskeletal injury)
  • Diagnosis of a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

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UCF IRB#: 00005112
PI: A'Naja Newsome
Recruitment End Date:
February 10, 2024
UCF Health - East Orlando (on University Blvd.)
3400 Quadrangle Blvd
Orlando, Fl 32817
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 2
Expected time per visit: 1 hours
Type: Up to $45 in gift cards for completing the 10 week study and attending both study visits
Point of Contact:
A'Naja Newsome
Associated Units:
Health Sciences
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