Participate in a Research Study

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In addition to providing clinical services, we are always looking for participants for a variety of cutting-edge research studies that will help us advance the understanding of the cause, course, and outcome of child and adolescent mental health disorders.

Children’s mental health disorders are among the most costly, harmful, and prevalent challenges faced in modern medicine. Conducting research to establish effective treatments to deal with these disorders is a priority that supports our mission to empower children and families to achieve success. To achieve this mission, we have amassed a team of more than 40 of the best researchers and clinical experts in the country across multiple areas of study.

By participating in one of our research studies, you can also have a significant reduction in treatment costs or you may receive treatment completely free of charge. You will also help us to improve the treatments that we design that will allow us to help children all over the world.

All of our research studies are completely voluntary, and can be opted out of at any time without penalty.

STUDIES FOR ADOLESCENTS

Do you have an adolescent with ADHD?

The ATLAS Project is part of a research study at the Center for Children and Families for adolescents ages 12-16 who have difficulties with concentration or impulsivity associated with ADHD. The goal of the study is to find the best way to support adolescents in making healthy choices at home, at school, with friends, and with alcohol and other drugs. All participating adolescents will receive five free sessions with a counselor to build adaptive skills (e.g., problem-solving, emotion regulation, resisting peer pressure) and to set personal goals.

STUDIES FOR CHILDREN

Free Gifted Testing and School Readiness Assessment

The S.E.L.F.-Regulation Lab and the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at FIU, are providing families with children ages 4-7 with feedback about their children’s school readiness. This assessment includes a brief IQ screener, academic achievement testing (in the areas of reading, math, and writing), 30-minute MRI brain scan*, and a series of questionnaires and behavioral observations aimed at examining children’s self-control skills and parent-child interactions. Families will receive a brief report of their child’s academic performance and will be compensated with a $160 gift card if they qualify and complete both visits and questionnaires.

Youth ages 9-14 needed for a study about sleep and memory

The REMEDY Lab is seeking youth who have frequent anxiety, worries and fears for a study on sleep and memory. We are also looking for children in the same age group that do not suffer from anxiety. This research study will help us to learn about the role of sleep in processing and storing emotional experiences as memories. We are also interested in how this may occur differently in youth with and without anxiety. We hope that understanding these processes will help in understanding the functions of sleep, and developing future treatments for anxiety.

Does your young child struggle with social anxiety or extreme shyness?

We are currently recruiting children ages 3-8 with social anxiety, extreme shyness, or related anxiety difficulties for a treatment study delivered over the Internet. Real-time state-of-the-art treatment with a live therapist is provided to families in their own homes through the use of secure videoconferencing. Families will receive treatment for anxiety difficulties free of charge and will be compensated with $30 gift cards for their participation in post and follow-up assessments.

Free Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

We are seeking children ages 2 to 6 who are experiencing behavioral difficulties. Parents will be assigned to receive either traditional PCIT treatment (once a week) or an intensive version (everyday Monday-Friday for two consecutive weeks).Parents will also receive $25 gift cards for completing questionnaires.

Learning about memory in young children

Seeking children ages 3-6 years who have never been diagnosed with a mental, neurological, or behavioral disorder to participate in a study on associative learning and spatial reorientation abilities. Children will spend about 1 hour completing episodic memory and spatial tasks. At the end of the visit, families will receive a $15 gift card and a small toy for their child. Please contact 305-348-4947 for further information.

Testing your child’s memory and problem solving abilities

This study conducted by the Center for Children and Families is looking at heart rate and breathing of children ages 8-12 when completing memory and problem solving tests on a computer in a fun environment. Participants will get a $25 gift card to Target or Wal-Mart for your first visit, and approximately $10 for each subsequent visit. Your child will also get a small prize for participating.

Seeking children ages 6-12 that have never been diagnosed

Children will complete a two-hour test of intelligence and academic achievement, as well as some feeling and thinking games on a computer while their heart rate is recorded. Parents will complete an interview and questionnaires about their child's behavior. Parents receive $100 and children receive a toy prize for their time. For more information, please contact 305-501-0916 or email jmart533@fiu.edu.

Children’s Memory for Past Events

The Development, Context, and Communication Lab at FIU is looking for 7- and 8-year-olds to participate in a research study on how children talk about past events. The study involves two sessions one week apart where children participate in a first aid and safety event, are asked some questions about their memory for the event, and play some different games (e.g., memory games). Each study session lasts about an hour, and children will be given a prize for participation after each study session. Parents will be compensated with two $50 gift cards at the end of the second study session. For more information, email dcclab@fiu.edu or call (305) 348-3057.

Help us to understand how infants learn about the world around them!

We are recruiting typically developing infants and children (2 months through 4 years of age) for our exciting study establishing the basic building blocks of social, cognitive, and language development. Supported by The National Institutes of Health, we use state-of-the-art, fun methods to investigate how children learn about the world around them including faces, voices, speech, and objects. Visits lasts approximately 30 – 45 minutes and families will be compensated with a small cash gift and receive free parking. Please contact 305-348-2842 or babylab@fiu.edu for more information.

Are you the parent of a 2 month-old baby?

Seeking babies around 2 months of age. Our baby development research labs are interested in understanding how babies play with toys while their brain activity is recorded. Participating is fun and helps us learn more about healthy baby development. Families may receive up to $40 in Target gift cards.

Are you the parent of a 12-16 month-old Hispanic baby?

We are currently seeking parents of Hispanic 12-16 month-old babies. Our baby development lab is interested in how babies who hear Spanish or both English and Spanish learn words. Participation only requires a phone interview and completing an online questionnaire. Families may receive a $10 gift card.

Discover how children learn math and science

The Project on Language and Spatial Development at Florida International University is seeking four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half year-old children for a one-hour study looking at how children learn the skills necessary to succeed in math and science. You will receive a $25 gift card and your child will receive a small gift for participation!

How can we encourage children’s honesty about a past event?

The Development, Context, and Communication Lab at FIU is looking for 6- to 9-year-olds to participate in a research study on how children talk about past events. The study involves learning about first aid and safety, listening to a story, and answering some questions about the study session. The study last about an hour, and children will be given a prize for participation. Parents will be compensated with a $50 gift card. For more information, email dcclab@fiu.edu or call (305) 348-3057.