Ongoing Studies

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Quitting Nondaily Smoking Research Study


Are you smoking nondaily and want to quit?


     And are you interested in using support materials to help you quit smoking?

We have been conducting studies to develop materials to help people who do not smoke every day with quitting smoking. We are now comparing three different approaches to test what support materials work best. We are looking for nondaily smokers, who want to quit smoking, and who want to use support materials to help them through quitting smoking. Our study is a randomized trial, that is, study participants will be assigned at random to different groups, where each group receives different smoking cessation support materials. If you are 18 years or older, have an iPhone or Android smartphone, and have smoked at least 5 packs over your lifetime, you may be eligible to participate in this research study conducted by faculty at the MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine. 

Study participation would entail making an attempt to quit smoking while using the assigned support materials to quit smoking over the course of seven weeks, and completing surveys online. There are no in-person study visits.

We will compensate you for your time (up to $150) 

How do I get started?

     To set up a phone screen interview, or get more details, please contact us at 617-724-3129 or at


Recovery Pathways Study



Do you have an alcohol problem? Have you recently started to address it? Are you planning to address it?


What are we studying?

We are conducting a research study to obtain greater knowledge about the pathways followed in new recovery attempts for individuals with alcohol problems. 

Why is it important?

Alcohol use disorders (AUD) are often chronic conditions that require ongoing monitoring and management over the long-term to increase the chances of stable remission. Given the diverse range of addiction experiences, recovery preferences and pathways to recovery, more empirically-supported options are likely to engage and help a greater variety of individuals seeking recovery.

What is this study accomplishing?

This study has the potential to contribute valuable information about recovery pathways for individuals with alcohol use disorder and may provide additional support for mutual-help organizations.

Who can participate?

Individuals who have made a new recovery attempt in the past 90 days OR who plan to make a new recovery attempt in the next 14 days. Individuals must also be over the age of 18 and be willing to travel to Boston for study visits.

What will I be asked to do?

If you choose to enroll, you will be required to come to our downtown Boston office at the MGH Recovery Research Institute to complete your assessments. During each assessment, you will complete online surveys and computerized tasks with a research coordinator. Estimated time commitment: 7 visits over 2 years.

Will I be compensated for participating?

Participants will be compensated up to $455. That is $45, $55, $60, $65, $70, $75, and $85 for the seven visits, starting with $45 for the first visit and increasing throughout the study period to $85 for the final visit.

How do I get started?

Interested participants should provide contact information here:

Or, call Ash & Sarah at 617-643-9850.



Positive Psychotherapy Counseling for Smoking Cessation



      A new, positive approach to quitting 


      This study is now closed to enrollment.




What are we studying?

The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new approach for counseling in smoking cessation. We also want to know if text messaging can be a user-friendly way to help people quit smoking.

Why is it important?

You may quit smoking, which could improve your health. You also have a chance to contribute to a scientific study that may help people in the future.

Who can participate?

If you are 18 years or older, willing to attend 6 sessions with a smoking cessation counselor, have an active cellphone that can send and receive text messages, and do not live outside of commuting distance of Boston, you may be eligible to participate.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to come to our study center for 6 weeks for 35-50 minutes, then again 12, 26 and 52 weeks after your quit day. During these appointments you will out questionnaires and receive brief counseling. Each time you come in you will fill provide a breath sample to measure carbon monoxide and to test for alcohol. If abstinent from cigarettes you will be asked to give a saliva sample. You will receive 8-weeks of the transdermal nicotine patch as well as 8 weeks of daily text messages. Estimated time commitment: 10 visits over 1 year.

Will I be compensated for participating?

You will be asked to come to the study center to complete follow-up interviews 12, 26 and 52 weeks after your quit day. The first interview takes about 50 minutes to complete and the remaining sessions last about 35 minutes each. You will be paid $35 for the 12-week interview (plus $20 if you do not have unlimited texting), $35 for the 26-week interview, and $50 for the 52-week interview. Some participants may incur phone costs if they do not have unlimited texting plans; we will provide an additional $20 compensation for those not having unlimited texting plans.