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Technology Design Opportunities for Young Adults who Self-injure

Research Question

What are the self-management preferences, experiences, and needs of young adults who self-injure?


The purpose of this study is to gather initial input on a digital tool designed to support young adults (18 – 24 years old) in managing their self-injury and related mental health symptoms after 4 weeks use. Feedback from this study will be used to refine the tool to meet with young adults’ preferences, experiences, and needs.

* Note: Depending on which state you reside in, the age to consent to research may be 19 years of age.

Expected Commitment

Total study duration is expected to be 4 weeks.  If enrolled, you will be asked to;

  • engage in 1 set up phone call with research staff
  • use an app on your smartphone for 4 weeks
  • complete online questionnaires at 2 timepoints (study start and end)
  • complete 1 45-minute interview (week 4).


You will be compensated $20 for completing baseline measures and the initial set-up call, $20 for the completion of the week 4 assessment and $20 for the week 4 interview. Amounting to a total potential earning of $60. You will be paid at the end of the study via an emailed electronic Amazon gift card.


This study is for individuals:

  •  Who are US Citizens or Residents
  • Who are 18-24 years old*
    • *participants who reside in Nebraska must be at least 19 years old
  • Who own a smartphone
  • Who report current engagement in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI; e.g., cutting, burning), as defined as NSSI on 2 or more days in the past month
  • Not currently in treatment for mental health symptoms

If one or more of the criteria described above are not met, you will not be eligible to participate in the current study.

How do I join?

Take our online screener today to find out if you may be eligible to participate: 


For any immediate questions or concerns, please contact the study team: 

PI: David Mohr, PhD
Co-I: Kaylee Kruzan, PhD
Study Contact: Kaylee Kruzan, PhD
Email: or
Phone: 312.373.0221

This study has been approved by the Northwestern University IRB STU00214610-MOD0005

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