Participate in Research

We are currently recruiting children, adolescents, and their parents or guardians for a variety of studies. Most studies involve a visit to our lab at the University of Washington. Parking is available near the lab, and we provide families reimbursement for travel expenses and compensation for participating our studies. If you are interested in learning more about participating in research, please click the "Sign Up" button on the right to provide us with your contact information. Someone from the lab will be in touch with you to discuss studies that are currently recruiting new participants.

Click here to read an NPR story about Stress & Development Lab research. The story includes interviews with participants from studies in our lab. 

Hear what participants have to say about being in research studies in our lab: 

Study of Emotional Learning across Development

Brief Description
In this study we want to learn about how children and adolescents learn about safety and danger through their mother's experiences with the environment. We are also hoping to learn how emotional learning through social means changes across development.
Eligibility for Participation
We are recruiting children and teenagers (6-16 years) and their biological mothers.
Compensation:
Mom will receive $30, and child will receive $30.

Violence Exposure and Brain Development in Children

Brief Description
In this study, we want to learn more about how exposure to violence impacts brain development in children and adolescents. Traumatic events, including violence exposure, are relatively common experiences for children and adolescents, but we have much to learn about how trauma impacts brain development. By understanding how trauma influences brain development in children, we hope to improve our ability to intervene effectively to help children and adolescents recover from adverse events.
Eligibility for Participation
We are recruiting children and teenagers, ages 8-16 years old. Because the study involves an MRI scan, children and adolescents who have braces, hair extensions, or certain types of metal implants may not be eligible to participate.
Compensation:
$165 (child), $85 (parent)

The Social Processes Study

Brief Description
In this study, we want to learn more about how different experiences influence social processes in adolescents. In addition, we are hoping to learn about how different experiences impact health and emotions, as well as brain development and functioning.
Eligibility for Participation
We are currently recruiting right-handed boys between the ages of 13 and 19, as well as their parents. Teens who are 18 or 19 years old can participate without a parent or guardian. Because the study involves an MRI scan, adolescents who have braces, hair extensions, or certain types of metal implants may not be eligible to participate.
Compensation:
$145 (teen), $25 (parent)

Stress Mechanisms in Adolescents

Brief Description
In this study we are interested in examining how stressful experiences influence the development of brain regions involved in emotional responses, emotion regulation, and memory. We are also interested in how stress influences social behavior, activity levels, and sleep to create increased risk for mental health problems in teenagers.
Eligibility for Participation
We are recruiting females aged 15-17, who have a cellphone.
Compensation:
Your teen can earn up to $1105, as well as a chance to win up to $150 in bonus tasks

The Home Environment and Executive Functioning in Young Children

Brief Description
In this study, we want to learn more about the development of children’s bodies and skills during early childhood. More specifically, we are interested in how different aspects of children’s home environments influence children’s abilities to pay attention, remember and manipulate information, and follow rules.
Eligibility for Participation
We are recruiting children, aged 5-6 years old, as well as their parents.
Compensation:
$35 (Child) and $40 (Parent)