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The HEAT BED Research Study

RECRUITMENT IS NOW OPEN

What is the HEAT BED Research Study?

The HypErthermia as an Additional Treatment for the Biology and Experience of Depression (HEAT BED) Research Study aims to test the feasibility and acceptability of 4 sauna sessions and 8 cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions in patients with clinical depression as a potential treatment. This study is being run by Ashley Mason, PhD, and Rick Hecht, MD, of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health.

Who is qualified for the HEAT BED Research Study?

Participants must be:

 

  • At least 18 years old

  •  Currently experiencing depression for at least 4 weeks

  • Not currently using antidepressant medications

 

Take our 15-minute survey to see if you’re eligible!

What does participation involve?

Participation involves up to 14 study sessions over approximately 10 weeks. The in-person visits will take place at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health at 1545 Divisadero Street in San Francisco. Between the first and final in-person visits, there will be 4 in-person sauna study visits and 8 cognitive behavioral therapy study visits which can be in-person or via Zoom.​ Participants will complete questionnaires, clinical assessments, 4 sauna sessions, and 8 cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. The​ visits will vary in length and participants will be compensated for their time and travel.

Questions?

Email HEATBED@ucsf.edu