MAPme enrollment is currently closed. Participants had to turn 18 by October 2021.

Yes–contact the study team by sending an email to bgaddiction [at] emory [dot] edu to schedule an appointment to take the survey in person.

You are consenting to participate in a longitudinal study where you will be routinely recontacted and invited to answer an online survey. As part of our consent process, you may also donate your DNA to science. You can read our consent form here.

Security & Privacy

The information you provide to us is protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health. The principal investigator and project coordinator keep your identifying information separate from your responses. This way, nothing you say can be traced back to you. The researchers will not disclose your information to anyone. Your responses and DNA will not be accessible by Emory University, The College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, or Emory University Hospital.

Any records relating to your participation, including the list that links your participant number with your identity is kept in a password-protected and encrypted data file, which only MAPme researchers can access. 


Participants who complete all of the surveys and brain games will have Amazon gift cards sent to their email. We ask that you allow us up to 14 days to complete this process. If you think you completed all surveys and brain games, but have not received your gift cards within 10 days, send an email to bgaddiction@ emory.edu.

You will not directly benefit from participating in the study, but you will depend your knowledge about psychological research. To keep up to date with the latest study findings, please follow us on Twitter and our MAPme News page. The results will help us better understand substance use and its relation to mood, stress, and general health and well-being. You will also get a $15 gift card for completing the online survey and another $5 for donating a DNA sample.

Study & Lab Locations

PAIS Room 430 – PAIS (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building) is located at 36 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322 and is on the D Route and Loop Route of the Emory Shuttle.

MAPme is located in PAIS Room 115.

DNA Sample

To form a biorepository at Emory University that represents the diverse demographics of metro Atlanta colleges and universities. A biorepository stores and manages biological samples, in this case, extracted DNA, for use in research. In the future, approved researchers will use the data to conduct studies, if you consent to the use of your data and DNA for this purpose. These studies will facilitate person-centered research and precision health initiatives that help to unravel individual differences that contribute to health and disease. By sharing your DNA, you can aid the discovery of new ways to keep people healthy.

Your sample will help researchers answer questions about health, such as factors that can influence substance use and mental health disorders.

All of the data in the MAPme repository will be de-identified by removing your name and any identifying information from the data before it is sent. Your data may also be added to existing research biorepositories funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Participants can contact the study team to withdraw their consent at any time.

This research is covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health. Your DNA cannot be used for any other purpose, including legal proceedings, paternity tests, drug tests, DNA cloning, or testing for genetic disorders. Your genetic information will solely be used for research.

If you are an Emory participant who has changed your mind and would like to donate your DNA, please contact us at BGaddiction@ emory.edu.  

For new participants at KSU, you may visit any of our recruitment stations on campus to sign-up and receive a DNA spit kit. Visit our on-site calendar to see when we are tabling on campus and stop by to see us: <<I recommend including a link back to the calendar>>. To use the kit you will have spit in the provided plastic tube, and then close the top and shake the contents. You should place the tube in the collection bin available onsite. If you have received a DNA kit you can also drop-off your tubes at our collection bin located at the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery on the Kennesaw Campus. Their address is : 1000 Chastain Road 

Kennesaw, GA 30144.  

No. For confidentiality, samples are labeled with numbers and stored separately from any other information, including your identifying information. This means that your individual genetic information cannot be identified and we cannot provide you with any individual information. This includes information about your ancestry or genetic health risks.


Your progress is not lost. Please contact us at bgaddiction@ emory.edu. We will send you your access code so that you can resume from where you left off.

Please contact us at bgaddiction [at] emory [dot] edu. We will gladly help you with any issue you encounter at any point in the assessments or brain games.


Yes. Contact us at bgaddiction [at] emory [dot] edu. You can withdraw from the entire study or from sharing your genomic data at any time.


Check our frequently asked questions (FAQs) section or contact our team!

Email us at bgaddiction [at] emory [dot] edu