Mood, Alcohol Response, and Sleep Study (MARS)

Principal Investigators: Sarah Pedersen, PhD and Brant Hasler, PhD

Funding Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The MARS Study is designed to inform novel prevention and intervention approaches to problematic alcohol use by studying how aspects of sleep relate to drinking in young adults.  The study will focus on examining both experiences in the laboratory and in the real-world.  These findings will provide important information that may be leveraged to develop future personalized medicine to decrease alcohol or sleep problems.

The study is composed of an interview, followed by of two periods of brief smart-phone based assessments multiple times a day over the course of eleven days, along with two overnight visits to the sleep lab, and two alcohol administration sessions.  There is also a six-month follow-up survey that is completed online or on the phone.

If you have any questions about the study, feel free to contact Isaac Cason by phone at 412-246-5654 or by email at casoni@upmc.edu.