Welcome to the Stanford Skin Picking Study!

Our research group at Stanford Psychiatry is conducting an exciting new study to understand the mechanisms underlying skin picking behavior to help inform the development of new treatments.

Who Can Participate?

  • Children with Skin Picking Disorder or Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Children ages 12 to 17 years old
  • Children who engage in skin picking daily

What Does Participation Involve? 

  • An in-person visit to Stanford University
  • Completing behavioral assessments and cognitive testing
  • Measurement of brain activity using fNIRS (Functional Near- Infrared Spectroscopy)

What Are The Benefits of Participating?

  • An honorarium of up to $100 for full participation
  • Travel-related and meal expenses will be provided
  • Improved understanding of skin picking behavior

Study Information

Screening will be conducted online and then by phone. If you do not qualify to participate, we will send you a list of resources in your area. Participation in this research study is open to all California residents.

Find out more about functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) by clicking here.

Please click the "enroll now” button to complete the survey to determine your child’s eligibility. Thank you for considering taking part in our study!

Meet the team!

Scott S. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Translational Applied Behavior Analysis Laboratory

Patrize Aguilar (she/they)
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate