Studies for Children

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 free of charge.

All of our research studies are completely voluntary; you may opt out at any time without penalty.

  • Seeking infants 12-18 months-old

    The PANTHERS Project is a remote home-based research project providing support to families with an infant at risk for behavior problems. Our goal is to provide families with strategies and knowledge about early childhood behavior and development. You might be eligible if your child is between 12 months to 18 months, you speak either English or Spanish, and you have concerns about your child’s behavior. To confirm your eligibility into the study, please call us at 305-520-9713 to complete a screening evaluation. Visit our PANTHERS Project/Proyecto PANTERAS page for additional information.

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

    Free 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. Read the TF-CBT flyer, Call 305-348-5885 or email tfcbt@fiu.edu for more information.

  • Seeking kindergartners who are too young for the grade

    The focus of the study is to learn how to support children who enter kindergarten and are the youngest in the grade (those born in the months immediately preceding the school entry cut-off). as they are at risk for such outcomes as grade retention, referral to special education, and being diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 

    There is no fee for participating in this study. Read the flyer here for more information. If you have any questions or if you would like to have a meeting to further discuss the project, please feel free to contact Dr. Greg Fabiano, Professor Clinical Psychology at FIU and Principal Investigator of the study at gfabiano@fiu.edu, 716-359-7823. 

    La información sobre el estudio está disponible en español aquí.

  • 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 $150 for their child's participation in the study. Interested families: read the Project Seahorse flyer, complete the screener, call 305-348-9055 or email plsd@fiu.edu.

  • Seeking children entering grades 1 - 5 for the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 school year

    The Adaptive Supports Provided in Regular Education Settings (ASPIRES) Program is a research program for elementary-aged students who could benefit from extra help with concentration, staying on-task, and following directions in the classroom. There is no fee for participating in this study. All progress monitoring reports and treatments are provided as part of the study. Visit the ASPIRES Program page learn more.

  • Seeking children ages 6-12 with ADHD

    We are recruiting families with children ages 6-12 with ADHD and behavioral problems to participate in a study that seeks to understand parent-child interactions. Participating families can earn up to $300. For more information, please email jpiscite@fiu.edu and/or emrobert@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2882. You can also download the flyer here.

  • Seeking children ages 8-11 with autism that are bothered by certain sounds

    We are offering a free 12-week treatment for auditory hyper-reactivity in children ages 8 to 11 who are diagnosed with autism. Participants will be asked to complete audiology testing and MRIs. Gift cards,small prizes,and a 3-Dimage of their brain will be provided. To get started, visit www.go.fiu.edu/eligibility.You can also call 305-348-9560 or email autismstudy@fiu.edu

  • Novel treatment to help your child (10 to 14 ) overcome social anxiety

    Does your 10- to 14-year-old get nervous or scared in social situations (school, restaurants, social gatherings)? He or she may qualify to participate in a research study to reduce their social anxiety. If eligible, your child will be randomly assigned to one of two interactive computer programs. Eligible participants will complete eight 15-minute sessions during a four-week period. Families will be compensated $600 for completing four study assessments. Services are offered in both English and Spanish. There is no waiting period to participate in this treatment study. Read the CAPP study flyer, email capp@fiu.edu or call 305-348-1937 to learn more.

  • Seeking children ages 10-14 for a study about emotions and attention to faces

    We are studying how children, ages 10-14 with and without anxiety pay attention to pictures of faces. Attention to faces influence our feelings and behaviors in situations that involve other people. If eligible, your child will complete computer tasks while we measure their attention. You and your child will also respond to surveys. Families will be compensated $350 for completing four study assessments. The study is offered in both English and Spanish. There is no waiting period to participate in this study. Read the study flyer, email capp@fiu.edu or call 305-348-4254 to learn more. 

    La información sobre el estudio está disponible en español aquí.

  • Seeking children with anxiety 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 with anxiety 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.

  • Seeking children ages 10-13 for a study about predictors of response to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety, fears, or worries (CARLOS Study)

    Children who complete the EMU Study, a study about sleep and emotions, may be eligible to receive 12 free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions for anxiety through our program as part of the CARLOS Study. The purpose of the study is to examine predictors of children's response to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is the most well-established treatment for child anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on helping children change their anxious or fearful thoughts and gradually learn to approach or deal with feared objects or situations. In the CARLOS study, will examine how children's thoughts and beliefs about negative experiences predict how they respond to treatment. To be in the CARLOS Study, children must first complete the EMU Study. Read the study flyer, email cyeguez@fiu.edu or call ‪(786) 496-2436 to learn more.