Participate in Research

Biology and Experience of Eating (BEE) Study

We are currently recruiting women who feel out of control when they eat.

To find out if you're eligible: please click here

Can't walk away rom food, even when you want to?

Volunteer for a study on the biology of overeating. With your help, University of California, San Francisco scientists may someday develop treatment for people who chronically overeat.

We are looking for women who are:

  • 18-45 years old
  • Overweight

P.I.: Ashley Mason, PhD
Co-Investigators.: Elissa Epel, PhD and Rick Hecht, MD
Study Coordinator: Alison Hartman, BA


Research on Expecting Moms and Sleep Therapy (REST)

We are currently recruiting pregnant women from across the country who are having sleep difficulties to participate in the REST study! 

To find out if you're eligible: please click here

If you are pregnant and experiencing sleep difficulties, you are not alone! We want to find out if an online program can improve sleep and mood during pregnancy.

Cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia is an effective program for improving sleep. In order to make this program more widely available, researchers have recently made it into an online program. The online version that we are studying is called Sleepio. The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of Sleepio to Usual Care for pregnant women. This study does not use medication.

  • Receive access to an evidence based online program to improve sleep.
  • Receive up to $60 in gift cards.

We are looking for women who are:

  • Up to 28 weeks pregnant
  • Have regular access to the internet
  • Are 18 years or older

P.I.: Jennifer Felder, PhD
Co-Investigators.: Elissa Epel, PhD and Aric Prather, PhD
Study Coordinator: Alison Hartman, BA


DELISH Study: Diabetes Education to Lower Insulin, Sugars and Hunger


UCSF seeks adults with type 2 diabetes for low-carbohydrate diet study. 

Trying to improve your diabetes through diet? Are food cravings a challenge?

Participate in a study on diet, diabetes, and food cravings!


Study participants will:

  • Follow a low-carbohydrate diet that emphasizes non-starchy vegetables,  fats, and proteins, and limits starches and sugars
  • Receive 15 supportive group sessions to learn and implement a low-carbohydrate diet to help manage your diabetes. You may also learn mindfulness skills to cope with food cravings.
  • Receive support in making long-term dietary changes
  • Complete 3 assessment visits over 6 months
  • Be compensated up to $140 for study visits

Participants must:

  • have type 2 diabetes
  • experience and eat in response to food cravings
  • be 18+ years old.

To Participate:


Want to Understand your Stress and Recognize Your Daily Emotions?


You can contribute to research on daily emotion awareness and stress!

As a participant, you would:

  • Receive an Emotion Tracking App developed at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
  • Take short surveys before and after you track your emotions on stress, resilience and wellbeing.
  • Receive a report of your daily and weekly emotional experiences.


You may qualify if you: 

  • Are 18-80 years old and English speaking
  • Have an iPhone
  • Can commit to responding to texts twice a day for two weeks.

Please email for more information about joining the study.