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Participate in Research

By participating in a research study, you can help us establish effective treatments and help us learn about the causes and nature of childhood mental health problems. 

You may also, depending on the study, receive significant reduction in treatment costs or receive treatment completely free of charge.

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

Below is a list of ongoing studies. If you have further questions, contact us.

Studies for Children

  • Current Studies

    Does your young child struggle with social anxiety or extreme shyness? (ages 3-8)

    Our center is offering free treatment for children ages 3-8 with social anxiety. Families will receive real-time, state-of-the-art treatment with a live therapist from the comfort of their own home through secure video conferencing. Parents will also receive compensation ($30 gift cards) for participation in post and follow-up assessments! Treatment can only be offered to families in Florida and Massachusetts. Learn more about free treatment for your child.

    Free Gifted Testing and School Readiness Assessment (ages 4-7)

    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 $100 gift card if they qualify and complete both visits and questionnaires.

    Seeking children ages 6-12 who have never been diagnosed

    Seeking children with no history of mental or physical health diagnoses for a study that will help us better understand the ways in which emotional development and physical health are linked in both healthy children and children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. Participants receive a free assessment on their child's behavior, along with a free IQ and academic achievement screening test. Participants will also receive $100 for their time and a toy prize for the child.

    Help us understand how the brain works! (Ages 8-12)

    The reaction time variability (RTV) study is looking for children between the ages of 8-12 years with and without ADHD to participate in a fMRI brain imaging study. The RTV study aims to improve the lives of children with attention, behavior, and academic problems by examining brain functioning in kids. Participating children will receive $40 in gift cards and a photo of their brain!

    Learning about cognitive functioning among children who don’t have a mental health difficulty (ages 7-12)

    This study examines cognitive task performance among children without behavioral or emotional problems. Children will complete a computer task and brief IQ and achievement screeners which will take about two hours. Your family will earn a $20 gift card for participating in this study. Upon request, we can also provide a brief assessment report containing the results of the brief IQ and achievement testing. To learn more, please call 305-348-4967. Para Español contacte a 305-348-5389.

    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.

    Seeking children between ages 3-6 who have never been diagnosed with a mental or behavioral disorder

    The Department of Psychology at FIU is currently conducting a study on learning and social behavior in children (ages 3-6 years). Participants will spend about 1.5 hours completing behavioral tasks and questionnaires. Families will receive a $25 Target Gift Card and a small toy for their child’s participation in the study. Parents must speak English. Interested families can learn more information or schedule an appointment by calling 305-348-4947. Learn more about this behavioral study here.

    Seeking children ages 5-10 who have been diagnosed with Selective Mutism

    The Emotions and Parenting in Childhood (EPIC) Study is seeking children 5 to 10 years of age to help learn about behavior, emotions and psychological development in children with and without selective mutism (an anxiety disorder characterized by fear of speaking). Families will receive compensation ($50 in gift cards) and a small toy prize. Learn more about this study on development.

    Seeking children ages 5-10 who have never been diagnosed

    The Emotions and Parenting in Childhood (EPIC) Study is seeking children 5 to 10 years of age to help learn about behavior, emotions and psychological development in children with and without selective mutism (an anxiety disorder characterized by fear of speaking). Families will receive compensation ($50 in gift cards) and a small toy prize. Learn more about this study on development.

    Seeking Hispanic, Spanish-speaking bilingual children ages 6-7 who were born premature (before 35 weeks)

    This brain development study seeks children 6 to 7 years old who are Hispanic, Spanish-speaking bilinguals and were born prematurely (before 35 weeks) to collect brain imaging data and explore executive function in children born preterm and whether bilingualism moderates their executive functioning. Participating families will receive $100. To learn more, contact Melissa Baralt via e-mail at mbaralt@fiu.edu.

     

Studies for Adolescents

Receive 5 free counseling sessions to build important adaptive skills and set personal goals. We are recruiting ages 12-16 who have difficulty with concentration or impulsivity associated with ADHD. We support them in making healthy choices at home and school.