Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Set Your Goal: Engaging Go/No-Go Active Learning (GOAL)

Northwestern University IRB:STU00201386
Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Gollan, PhD (Psychiatry), Co-Investigator:Thorston Kahnt, PhD (Neurology)

Why is this research important?
Depression and anxiety are the largest contributors to disease and disability, affecting around 300 million people.  This research study aims to reduce depression and/or anxiety symptoms by improving decision making skills

Most of us avoid unpleasant activities, even if this avoidance interferes with our goals.  This type of avoidance is a common method of coping in adults with depression and/or anxiety, and can lead to worsened symptoms

Current treatments only work for about half of the individuals in the U.S. with depression or anxiety. The goal of this study is to test a new treatment that reduces your avoidance so that you can focus on your goals.  By focusing on and achieving goals through improved decision making, the aim is to help you recover from your depression or anxiety.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

Study Includes:

Compensation Includes:

If you are interested in participating or would like to hear more information, please contact our research team at or 1-312-695-2200.