Research Studies Seeking Pediatric Participants


 

 

The required time commitment and compensation varies from study to study. If you find a study your child may be interested in, please review the criteria to make sure they qualify.

If your child qualifies, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page. This sends your contact information privately and securely to our research recruitment specialist, who will contact you to help you enroll your child in the study.

To qualify as a healthy volunteer, participation typically requires no history of mental illness, neurological disorder, or learning disabilities. Specific studies may have additional criteria.

 

Studying Brain Connections in Pediatric Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This pilot study evaluates the relationship between brain function and how symptoms are expressed in children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and children who have not been diagnosed with ASD. 

Study Criteria

Control group: male participants aged 5-8 who have not been diagnosed with a neurological condition, mental health disorder, or learning disability.

Study Time

3 study visits lasting 1-1.5 hours. Two of the study visits can be completed on weekends if needed. 

Study Payment

Participants who complete the study receive $100, a certificate of completion, and a "picture" of their brain to take home.

Study Involves

The first visit involves completing paper-and-pencil surveys. During the second visit, your child will have the opportunity to practice in a "mock scanner," which is designed to mimic the experience of a real MRI scanner. During the third visit, your child will receive an MRI scan. Unlike CT scans and X-rays, MRIs do not use any radiation. MRI machines use magnets to take pictures of the brain. We don't use any contrast dyes, injections, or treatments of any kind. There are no known risks to MRI exposure. 

 

Improving New Memory and Learning in School-Aged Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 

This study investigates whether a memory training program called the Modified Story Memory Technique (mSMT) can improve learning of school-aged children with memory impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Study Criteria

Children aged 9-17 who sustained a TBI at least 1 year ago, that has affected their memory. 

Study Time

Participation may last up to 5 months. Participants will complete a screening visit lasting 45 minutes. If your child qualifies for the full study they will complete 3 testing sessions lasting 2 hours each and 10 learning sessions (meets twice a week for 5 weeks) lasting about an hour. 

Study Payment

Up to $300 for completing the study.

Study Involves

During testing visits, participants will complete tests of thinking skills and questionnaires. Participants will also meet with a therapist twice a week for 5 weeks. During these sessions, participants will be asked to provide feedback regarding the sessions and the vocabulary used in the program. 

 

 

Action Control in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This study seeks to understand how children with ADHD control their actions. Using computer-based games, researchers will investigate the pattern of action in children with ADHD on and off medication. 

Study Criteria

Participants aged 6-10 who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are under the care of a health care provider. 

Study Time

Participation lasts approximately 2 months. This includes 3 study visits, each lasting 1.5-2 hours.

Study Payment

Up to $250 for completing the study. 

Study Involves

The first visit will include screening tests to see if your child qualifies for the study. If they qualify and agree to participate, they will complete two more study visits where they will be asked to play computer games while in an MRI scanner. Unlike CT scans and X-rays, MRIs do not use any radiation. MRI machines use magnets to take pictures of the brain. We don't use any contrast dyes, injections, or treatments of any kind. There are no known risks to MRI exposure. 

 

Examination of Emotional Processing in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This study investigates how children diagnosed with ASD or following a TBI are able to recognize emotions expressed by others.

Study Criteria

Participants aged 7-18 who have been diagnosed with ASD, TBI, or children who have not been diagnosed with any neurological conditions for the control group. 

Study Time

5-6 hours (1 day).

Study Payment

Up to $50.

Study Involves

Participants complete tests of thinking skills, emotional processing, and questionnaires. 

 

 

If you’re interested in your child participating, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page. This sends your contact information privately and securely to our research recruitment specialist, who will contact you to help you enroll in the study.