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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 challenges.

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.

Studies

The Adaptive Supports Provided in Regular Education Settings (ASPIRES) Program

Program that provides free ADHD evaluations and free assessments of academic and behavioral progress throughout the school year. Most children also receive free school-based services for ADHD for the duration of the school year. Children might be eligible to participate if they will be in 1st-5th grades during the upcoming school year and they have not taken medication for ADD/ADHD. If you are interested in participating or learning more, you can visit the ASPIRES Program page or call us at 305-348-1026.

Seeking parents and caregivers of children ages 6-12

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. For more information, visit The Incredible Years® page, read The Incredible Years® flyer or call 305-348-0477.

Free program for Kindergarten through 6th grade students with ADHD who have an IEP

All eligible and participating students with an individualized education plan will receive monthly assessments of classroom behavior through our PASS Program. A PASS behavioral consultant will work with parents and teachers of some students to design and implement a daily report card (an individualized classroom behavioral intervention) to help students improve classroom behavior. Interested parents can call 305-348-1303.

Novel treatment to help your child (10-14) overcome their 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 and will be compensated for their time. Email capp@fiu.edu or call 305-348-1937 to learn more.

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.

Workshops to help you set parental controls and manage your child's use of digital devices (ages 5-12)

The Tech Parenting Program offers workshops aimed at helping parents of children between 5-12 years-old to effectively set parental controls and manage their child's use of smartphones, tablets, video games, and other technological devices. Visit the Tech Parenting Program website, sign up now for the Tech Parenting Program or call 305-348-2509 for more information.

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.

Seeking parents and their child (ages 7-12) with or without an ADHD diagnosis to learn how parents teach their children about emotions

The ABC ERICA Lab is investigating how parents teach their children about emotions, how a child's body reacts when they are feeling certain emotions, and how cultural background influences the way children learn about and express emotions. Both children and parents will be asked to fill out questionnaires and engage in tasks with while their heart activity and breathing is measured. Parents are compensated $70 and children are given $30 and a small toy prize for a 2.5 to 3 hour visit, and then, 6 months later $25 to complete an online survey, and 1 year later $25 to complete the online survey again. Call 305-501-0916 or email abc.ericalab@gmail.com for more information or to enroll.

Seeking parents and their child (ages 7-12) with or without an ADHD diagnosis to learn how children manage their emotions

The ABC ERICA Lab is investigating how children with and without ADHD experience and manage emotions, how a child's body reacts when they are feeling certain emotions, and how the brain both creates and manages emotions. Both children and parents will be asked to fill out questionnaires and the child will engage in tasks with while their heart activity and breathing is measured during a non-invasive fMRI. Parents are compensated $100 and children are given a small toy prize (worth $15-20) for two visits ranging (1-2 hours). Call 305-501-0916 or email abc.ericalab@gmail.com for more information or to enroll.

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! For more information about the study, see the RTV study flyer. To find out if your child qualifies for the study, please email rtv-study@fiu.edu or call 305-348-8497.

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 read the brain and spatial abilities in children study flyer, call 305-348-4947 or email bbdl@fiu.edu.

Seeking children ages 4-6 years old who've never been diagnosed with a mental, neurological or behavioral disorder

We are seeking 4-6-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, read the brain and spatial abilities in children study flyer or call 305-348-4947.

Seeking to evaluate heart rate, emotion & behavior in children with and without ADHD (Ages 6-12)

You and your child may be eligible to participate in this project, which offers a clinical assessment at no cost to you. You may also be compensated up to $150 for your time and completing all study assessments. For more information, read the heart rate, emotion and behavior study flyer or call 305-501-0916.