Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Cognitive Affective Substrates of Smoking: Targets for Maternal Behavior Change (EMPATHY Study)

Northwestern University IRB: STU 00200069
Principal Investigator:
Suena Massey, MD

Principal Investigator: Suena Massey, MD, Northwestern University is conducting a research study supported by the National Institutes of Health to understand how and why women who smoke may change their smoking habits during pregnancy.

Interested individuals will be screened for eligibility early in pregnancy. Those who are eligible for participation will complete questionnaires, interviews, computerized tests, and give urine and breath samples to measure cigarette smoking. A repeat questionnaires and urine and breath samples will be collected again in the third trimester.

Because we have obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) information about smoking, drug, and alcohol use remains confidential. 

Participants who complete the study will receive up to $250 in compensation for their time.

You are eligible if you:

We are looking for women who have quit smoking AND women who are currently smoking.

You are NOT eligible if you:

For more information, please contact Kelcie Kuchenrither at 1-855-99-ASHER, (312) 695-5908 or email