TABS Study - Trichotillomania and other BFRBs Sequencing Study

Trudi Griffin - LPC
Jul 27th, 2018

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A study is being done in Yale School of Medicine, which aims to understand the relationship between genes and BFRBs.

Description for Potential Research Participants:

You are invited to be part of a study of people with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) and related disorders. The purpose of this research is to understand the relationship between genes and these disorders. Our study is being done in part to try to find out why some members of your family are affected with BFRBs and others are not. Therefore, unaffected members of your family are important to this study. Eventually, we hope that this research will enable us to identify a genetic factor or factors that cause certain individuals to have BFRBs.

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What is required from you?

We would like to obtain a saliva sample from individuals with BFRBs and both of their parents for genetic analysis. This requires that you fill a small tube with saliva. This will allow us to perform genetic sequencing on your family to find whether there are DNA variants that are shared or different within your family. We will also look to find DNA variants that are shared or different when compared to unrelated individuals without BFRBs. We are not able to offer you a report of your genetic results because our studies are performed as research. Our research lab does not offer any treatment. Research findings from this study will be available on our website at a later date. In addition to providing salvia samples, we will also ask you to complete a brief survey about BFRBs and related conditions. Your information will not be linked to your medical record. The goal of this study is to learn more about the causes of BFRBs so that this

knowledge can inform better treatments for BFRBs in the future. Thank you for your possible participation in this important study.


Emily Olfson, MD PhD
Michael H Bloch, MD MS
Thomas V Fernandez, MD
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven CT 06510


If you would like to participate in this important study, please contact:


Trudi Griffin - LPC


Education, experience, and compassion for people informs Trudi's research and writing about mental health. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Addictions and Mental Health from Marquette University, with Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Before committing to full-time research and writing, she practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor providing therapy to people of all ages who struggled with addictions, mental health problems, and trauma recovery in community health settings and private practice.

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