Frequently Asked Questions on
Submitting Studies

WeSearchTogether is collaboration between people living with depression and bipolar disorder and researchers who study these conditions. WeSearchTogether.org provides a forum for posting and viewing mental health research studies. It also provides information about why someone may wish to participate in studies, and how to get involved. By listing your study on WeSearchTogether.org, you make your study opportunity viewable by a wide community of peer advocates. There are many potential participants waiting to sign up for studies as they see them posted.

How do I list a study?

  1. Visit WeSearchTogether.org and click on the “For Researchers” tab in the upper right corner.
  2. Create a researcher account.
  3. Upload your study. You will be asked to provide basic information about your study, a lay description to post for visitors to the site, and detailed information about your inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  4. Studies will be reviewed by a team of peer advocates. If accepted, your study will be posted and viewable to visitors to WeSearchTogether.org.

What kinds of studies are listed on WeSearchTogether?

WeSearchTogether is committed to discovering answers related to depression and bipolar disorder. We review applications from both observational and intervention studies that are relevant to the understanding and treatment of mood disorders. All studies must be IRB approved.

How is my study publicized?

Visitors to WeSearchTogether.org have several options for connecting with studies that may be of interest to them. These include:

  • Browsing studies without registering
  • Registering on the site with an e-mail address, and receiving periodic e-updates that may feature rotating studies
  • Registering on the site with an enhanced profile, which will more accurately “match” the participant to studies for which they are most likely to qualify

Does my study need to be IRB approved to be listed on WeSearchTogether?

Yes. WeSearchTogether staff reviews all applications for IRB approval status.

Do I need to list WeSearchTogether in the recruitment plan on my IRB application?

Your IRB-approved study recruitment plan should include online advertising and e-mail blasts, or specify that you will post your study on WeSearchTogether.org. Your study title and description should use IRB-approved language. You may utilize our template (PDF).

Who supports WeSearchTogether?

WeSearchTogether is supported by the National Institute of Mental health (NIMH). WeSearchTogether was launched by The University of Michigan Depression Center (UMDC) and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

I have more questions. What should I do?

You can direct additional questions to Grace Alderson, MPH, University of Michigan Depression Center Research Recruitment Coordinator at graceald@umich.edu or (734) 232-3377. You may also contact Patricia Deldin, PhD, University of Michigan Depression Center Associate Director at pjdeldin@umich.edu or (734) 647-9863.