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A brief yoga practice with our teacher Katherine.

Please note: Classes will have more movement than what is shown in this video.

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Butler Hospital

Area of Study

Recruitment Status

Study Information

Feeling stressed, down, or depressed?

Researchers at Brown University and Butler Hospital are conducting a study of a yoga program and a group therapy program for teens ages 13 to 18 years old who are feeling stressed, down, or depressed. We are interested in seeing whether these programs may help improve mood and provide better ways to cope with stress. Each program is 12 weeks long. The programs meet on Saturday mornings on the Butler campus.

The Programs

Eligible teens are randomly assigned to one of these programs:

  1. Beginner Yoga
    • Involves attending beginner level yoga classes led by instructors with specialized training and experience working with teens.
    • Meets once a week for approx. 45 minutes on the Butler campus.
  2. Group Therapy for Stress and Depression
    • Involves attending group sessions focused on promoting positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
    • Led by trained professionals with experience working with teens.
    • Meets once a week for approx. 45 minutes on the Butler campus.

Teens and their parents/guardians are asked to complete interviews and questionnaires at our offices once a month while enrolled in the program. There are also two additional visits to our offices after the program has ended. Parents or guardians are invited, but not required, to complete these interviews and questionnaires.


The programs are free for all study participants. Teens and their parents/guardians will receive up to $190 each for their time.

Who is eligible for the study?

Teens age 13 to 18 years old who are currently experiencing stress or sad mood. Parental permission is required for those 17 years old or younger. Teens must be generally available to attend program meetings on Saturday mornings for 12 weeks.

Interested in participating?

Call (401) 455-6657 to talk with our research team and answer a few screening questions.

More information

Why are we doing this research?

We have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study ways to help teens dealing with stress or sad mood thrive. Recent reports have shown an increase in reports of stress and sad mood in teenagers. This is true despite improved access to health care and better treatment options. We want teens to have more options for ways to cope with stress and improve their mood.

How does the research process work?

You and your parent or guardian will be asked to visit our offices on the Butler campus to participate in an interview and complete questionnaires. This initial visit will help us determine if our study is a good match for you and if it is medically safe for you to participate.

If eligible, you will be invited to participate in the study.

How long will the research last?

The program lasts 12 weeks. There are two additional office visits at 3 months and 6 months after the program has ended. In total, study participation lasts 9 months.

Do I have to pay for the programs?

No, the programs are free for study participants. All study-related supplies and equipment (e.g., yoga mats, workbooks, etc.) will be provided. In fact, you will get paid for your participation in the study.

What if I need help for my stress or sad mood now?

If you are a teen and need immediate help with stress, sad mood, or depression, please speak with a trusted person, such as parent or guardian, school counselor or school nurse, or primary care provider. Also, study staff will provide treatment referrals to any participant who asks for a recommendation.