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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

    Seeking children ages 4-9 and their mothers

    The Mental Health Interventions and Technology Program is recruiting participants for an fMRI research study. Mothers will have an MRI scan, which creates images of the brain without any radiation, while their child plays various games. Participants will receive a $100 gift compensation. For more information, call the MINT Lab at 305-348-7836.

    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.

    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.

    Is your child acting out? (Ages 2-6)

    Free Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is available for families with children ages 2-6 who are experiencing behavioral difficulties. Assigned either traditional (once a week) or intensive (Monday-Friday for 2 consecutive weeks) treatment, parents will also receive compensation ($25 gift cards) for completing questionnaires. Learn more about receiving free Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.




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

    The REMEDY lab is seeking youth ages 9-14 years-old, who have frequent anxiety, worries and fears. 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.  If you would like to participate, email or call 305-348-5384.

    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 betweem 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 recive $40 in gift cards and a photo of their brain!

    Do you have a child ages 6-12?

    Currently recruiting typically developing children for a study to determine 1) if children are distracted by their own internal thoughts and 2) whether that distraction happens more when children think about their own families. Children will complete a computer task including photos that are familiar to them and photos that are not familiar to them. We will also administer brief IQ and achievement screeners. For your family’s participation, we will offer a $10 gift card. 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 Brittany Merrill at the Center for Children and Families at 305-348-4967.

    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 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 never been diagnosed

    The Emotions and Parenting in Childhood (EPIC) Study is seeking children in that age range 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 ($30 in gift cards) and a small toy prize. Learn more about this study on development


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.