To address the growing need for effective, long-term treatment and prevention of depressive illness, the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center launched the inaugural Psych Tank Funding Competition on September 19, 2022 at the University of Michigan’s Kahn Auditorium.

The Center’s first-ever live pitch event featured research teams from across the University of Michigan competing for up to $150,000 in funding to rapidly investigate innovative ideas in depression and bipolar disorder research. Competitors presented their ideas in front of a panel of judges and live audience. 

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First Place - $150,000 Breakthrough Award Winner
You Are What You Eat: Food as a Risk Factor and Treatment for Depression
Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D.
Co-investigators Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., and Kendrin Sonneville, Sc.D., R.D.

Second Place - $75,000 Breakthrough Award Winner
Mental health care for ALL kids! What are we waiting for?
Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D.
Co-Investigators: Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Ph.D. and Cecilia Votta, Ph.D.

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Novel Cognitive Training Video Game to Target - Subclinical Depressive Symptoms in Youth
Hannah Becker, Ph.D. Candidate
Co-Investigators: Adriene Beltz, Ph.D.; Emily Bilek, Ph.D.; Kate Fitzgerald Ph.D.; and Christopher Monk, Ph.D.

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"Empowered @ Home: Connected"
Jay Kayser, Ph.D. Student, School of Social Work and Department of Psychology
Co-Investigator: Xiaoling Xiang, Ph.D., MPhil, M.S.W.

Read the complete article on the Eisenberg Family Depression Center website