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Studies for Children

Seeking parents and caregivers of children ages 6-12

The Incredible Years® is a FREE 12-week evidence-based program providing interactive, skill-based support for parents and caregivers of children with behavioral challenges. We will help you navigate tough challenges and provide you with effective strategies to promote positive changes in your child's home and school behavior. Parents meet as a group and are given opportunities to collectively and individually develop new strategies for managing their children and working together in collaborative partnerships. Children may also receive training, at an added cost, via the optional Child Enrichment Activity to practice social skills as well as learn how to follow rules and cooperate, express emotions, problem solve, manage anger, and make good friends. The program is free, but requires a $50 registration fee. To learn more or begin the enrollment process, contact 305-348-0477.

Seeking students entering 1st-5th grade who are at risk or have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD

Our center is currently seeking elemtary school-aged participants entering 1st through 5th grades for the Adaptive Support Provided In Regular Education Settings (ASPIRES) project promoting evidence-baded classroom practices for students with ADHD. Only one student per classroom may participate and students are ineligible if thet currently have an IEP due to ADD/ADHD or if they have ever taken psychoactive medication for ADD/ADHD or other mental health condition(s). 

Seeking children ages 10-13 for a study on sleep, emotion and memory

REMEDY Research Group and the Memory and Development Lab are currently looking for 10- to 13-year-olds to enroll in a study on the relationship between sleep, emotion, and memory. Participants can earn up to $200; some children will be randomly selected to stay overnight at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and may earn an additional $100. Learn more about the EMU Study.

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 4-6)

The S.E.L.F.-Regulation Lab and the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at FIU are providing families with children ages 4-6 with feedback about their children's school readiness and physical health. This yearly assessment includes intellectual and academic achievement testing (reading, math, and writing), a 30-minute MRI brain scan (only once), questionnaires and behavioral observations aimed at examining children’s self-control skills, nutrition, and parent-child interactions, and nutrition and physical activity assessments. Families will receive two years of FREE summer camp, saving up to $3,000 in summer care, an AHEAD T-shirt, up to $250 in gift cards each year, and a brief report of your child’s academic performance and physical health

Individual Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) 

Evidence-based treatment program where youth (ages 3-17) learn healthy ways of coping with their feelings, while caregivers learn stress management, parenting and behavior management skills, and communication skills. As a result, caregivers are better able to manage their own emotional distress and support their child more effectively.

Seeking children who have never been diagnosed with a mental or behavioral disorder (ages 4-6)

The Department of Psychology at FIU is currently conducting a study on the brain and spatial abilities in young children (ages 4-6) who've never been diagnosed with a mental or behavioral disorder. Participants will spend about 30 minutes to an hour completing an MRI brain scan and an hour completing learning and spatial memory tasks. Families will receive a $75 gift card and a small toy for their child’ s participation in the study. Interested families can learn more information or schedule an appointment by calling 305-348-4947 or emailing

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 $80 in gift cards and a photo of their brain!

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 4-year-olds with no diagnosis of mental or behavioral disorder

The Brain and Behavioral Development Lab is recruiting 4-year-old children who have never been diagnosed with a mental or behavioral disorder for a study on attention and the brain in children. Participants will spend no more than 1.5 hours completing computer tasks while their brain activity is recorded. Families get $30 and a small toy for participating. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 305-348-4947.