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Depression is common and can be disabling. The right treatment can make a difference.

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Many types of treatment exist to treat depression. People looking for care often have to try a number of different interventions before finding the one that works for them.


The Depression Clinical Research Program at Nova Scotia Health is looking to answer important questions about which treatments for depression work best for whom.

Some projects at the DCRP provide treatment, while others are observational. Eligible study participants may receive access to best-practice care for depression at no cost. The data we collect is used to answer these questions and others, with the aim of helping people affected by depression get effective treatment earlier.

We have several projects underway that are currently looking for participants in Nova Scotia. Click through the projects that are currently enrolling to find out if you might be eligible. If you would like more information, or would like to participate in one of our studies, please contact the research team. There is no commitment to join once you reach out and you are free to withdraw at any time.

The Depression Clinical Research Program (DCRP) is a research clinic run within Nova Scotia Health. All of the studies offered through the DCRP have been approved by the Nova Scotia Health Research Ethics Board.

Select one of our studies to find out more, or sort by age or condition using the menu options above.
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Optimized Predictive Treatment In Medications for Unipolar Major Depression

Treatment Interrupts Depression Early 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

and Antidepressants

Predictors in Mood Disorders

The Vocal Mind Project


Measurement-Based Care

Enabling Neuroscience Research Approaches for Brain, Feelings and Emotions

Clinical Predictors of Intravenous Ketamine Response in Treatment-Resistant Depression



The DCRP team is comprised of a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, and researchers interested in depression. We collaborate with researchers and labs at Dalhousie and other institutions to contribute to the field of mental health research. All research is conducted under the supervision and leadership of a Nova Scotia Health staff psychiatrist with the approval of the Nova Scotia Health Research Ethics Board.



If none of the projects here suit your needs, there are other resources available for people that are struggling with their mental health. Click here for guidance on which resource might work best to you and links to helpful sites for Nova Scotians.


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