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Research Studies Looking for Families in the New River Valley

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January 15, 2018

NRV Macaroni Kid does not have anything to do with these research projects. These projects are provided to us to share with families in the NRV. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the number or email for that particular study. 

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1. NOW RECRUITING FAMILIES for BRAIN STUDY

+ Children (8-14) and Parents able to undergo MRI highly desired.
+ Participate in a series of study sessions on emotional processing.
+ Sessions in Blacksburg and Roanoke, scheduling is flexible for schooling

+ Some sessions completable remotely, FULL PPE use, vaccinated staff for in-
person sessions following CDC and VT safety guidelines

+ Study Tasks include questionnaires, games, and MRI scanning
+ MRI scans around 1.5 hours per participant, can include breaks
+ Participants who complete brain scan receive CD with their brain images
+ Compensation rate of up to $20 an hour per session, per participant
If Interested, please call us at (540) 739-2598

Or email at andlab@vt.edu

For more information, go to http://www.andlab.psyc.vt.edu

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2. MIDDLE SCHOOL COPING PROGRAM


The Child Study Center at Virginia Tech is currently offering a free, online coping program for middle school students to help students cope with the stresses of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the transition back to school in fall 2021. Additionally, we are recruiting for a research study (IRB # 21-022) that seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the RELAX (Regulating Emotions Like An expert) Coping Program for MCPS middle school students. The RELAX Coping Program targets coping, communication, and conflict management skills for use with adolescents who struggle to manage big emotions like anger, frustration, worry, and sadness. The RELAX Coping Program consists of an interactive website with 5 social-emotional learning modules:

1. Managing Your Emotions
2. My Coping Skills
3. How Emotions Influence Thoughts and Behaviors
4. How to Respond During Conflicts
5. Perspective Taking and Conflict Resolution.
In these modules, conflict refers to any disagreement, misunderstanding, or conflictual situation adolescents may have with their peers, teachers, or parents (e.g., how much time the adolescent can spend playing video games, when school work needs to be completed, what sleep schedules should look like, engaging in safe social interactions). If interested in participating, please contact the Child Study Center at childstudycenter@gmail.com or (540) 231-8276.  

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3. SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDY



The CALMER Lab located at the Child Study Center in the department of psychology at Virginia Tech invites families of children ages 4-15 to participate in a research study (IRB # 19-834) focused on how parents can help foster more positive development of social and emotional competencies as children grow. If you choose to participate in the study, your family will be asked to complete two annual visits.  During these visits, a health evaluation will take place over approximately 2.5 hours. The visit will include measures of IQ; academic performance; social, emotional, and behavioral functioning; and an emotion discussion and play task between you and your child. Following these visits, you will be asked to complete daily rating scales about you and your child for a two week period, prior to a feedback visit where you will be provided with a report detailing your child’s academic, emotional, social, and behavioral functioning.  These results will be discussed with you and a list of resources will be provided to your family at that time. The daily rating scales should take less than 5 minutes to complete each day. You can earn up to $200 for completing all parts of this study, and your child will be given a small prize at each visit. If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact the CALMER Lab at calmerlab@gmail.com or (540) 231-8511.

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4. PARENTING BEHAVIORS and CHILDREN'S EMOTIONS


The Children’s Emotions Lab in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at VT is looking for preschool-aged children (3-4 year old children) and both their parents to participate in a new research study focusing on parenting behaviors and children’s emotions. To accommodate the current public health crisis, parents will be sent questionnaires about their own and their children’s behaviors and emotions. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in a follow-up Zoom call where parents will be asked to talk to their child about a time when they were happy and a time when they were upset. Families can earn up to $20 with an opportunity to enter a drawing for an additional $50 gift card for participating.  If interested, contact Diana Devine at techkids@vt.edu.

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5. SOCIAL DEVELOPEMENT and FAMILY INTERACTION


Virginia Tech Department of Phycology is seeking families in the US and China with 7- to 11-year-old children to understand social development and family interaction.  Research may be completed from the comfort of your home with no face-to-face contact with us.  This cross- cultural study involves parents completing online questionnaires and uploading audio recordings of parent-child joint activities: A) talk with each other about events that made you or your child feel angry, proud, shame/guilt, and warmth; and B) read a wordless book together. Questionnaires will take about 30 minutes and parent-child activities will take about 45 minutes. Parents will be given a $20 e-giftcard and children will be given a wordless picture book and a sticker sheet. Interested? E-mail danhuaz@vt.edu.

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6. EXPLORATORY RESEARCH STUDY on GENDERED RACIAL SOCIALIZATION of AFRICAN AMERICAN GIRLS. 


Researchers at Virginia Tech University are conducting an initial research investigation to explore ways in which African American fathers are socializing their daughters to address gendered racial microaggressions. We are recruiting African American fathers and father figures who have at least one African American daughter between the ages of 8-12 years of age of whom they have resided with for at least 12 months. Participants who meet the inclusion criteria will take part in an in-depth interview regarding racial socialization and challenges faced with rearing their daughters. Phone interviews will be conducted, and will last approximately 1 hour. Interviews will be audio recorded. Participation is voluntary. All participants will receive a 10$ Visa e-gift card for their participation. For more information about the research study, please contact Shawnice Johnson at shawnicej@vt.edu

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7. RESEARCH STUDY SEEKING GRANDMOTHERS, MOTHERS and CHILDREN. 


The Virginia Tech Social Development Lab is working with local SWVA families for a three-generation study on how families tell stories about emotion. Grandmothers, mothers, and children in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade are sought to participate together. Sessions take about an hour and involve completing questionnaires and having family conversations, and can take place in our family-friendly lab, or in your home.
For your participation, grandmothers and mothers each will receive a $15 gift card and children will receive a small gift! For more information contact Erika at erikah4@vt.edu or call 210-836-8016.

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8. WORKING SINGLE MOTHERS NEEDED for a VIRGINIA TECH STUDY


We are conducting a study to understand everyday experiences of working single mothers without live-in partners. This study involves a 30-minute online survey, followed by a one-week diary study in which mothers respond to daily surveys upon waking and before bedtime. Participants will be compensated up to $50 for their efforts.
Participants in this study are required to be female, at least 21 years old, residing in the United States, working at least 32 hours per week in a paid job, and to have at least one dependent child under the age of 18 living with them at least 50% of the time. Anyone who is married or living with a romantic partner and/or works night or rotating shifts is ineligible to participate. Please contact the Work Stress and Recovery Lab at Virginia Tech (WSRLab-g@vt.edu) if you may be interested in participating.

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9. TREATMENT for FEAR OF DOGS in 4 - 7 YEAR OLD CHILDREN


The Virginia Tech Child Study Center is looking for participants for a treatment research study for 4-7 year old children with fears of dogs that are interfering in their lives. Parents will be provided with a book which has been designed to assist young children in becoming more comfortable around dogs. Parents will meet with a clinician who will teach them how to read the book with their child and do activities at home to improve their child’s fear. If the child’s fear level remains high, parents will be offered the opportunity to come into the clinic for additional treatment. Treatment is offered at no cost and families will be compensated for completing pre-treatment and follow-up assessment sessions. For more information please call the Child Study Center at 540-231-8276 or e-mail childstudycenter@gmail.com for further information.

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10. STUDY EXPLORING the FEASIBILITY of NON-INVASIVE TECHNOLOGY to MONITOR and PREDICT SELF- INJURIOUS- BEHAVIOR (SIB) in AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)


Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia are conducting a study to assess perspectives of non-invasive health monitoring technology for self-injurious behavior in people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They are enrolling parents, guardians, and educators of 2-30 year olds with an ASD diagnosis who also engage in self-injurious behavior. The study involves discussing needs and challenges associated with self-injurious behavior, either in person or over the phone. There is no cost for this program and participants will receive payments for completing the session. For more information please email Kristine Cantin at kdc14@vt.edu or call 732-275-2223.

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11. FACIAL EMOTION RECOGNITION INTERVENTION for CHILDREN AGES 9 to 12 with ASD. 


This study will assess the feasibility of an attention modification intervention to attenuate deficits in facial emotion recognition and expression in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are enrolling children with (ASD), 9 to 12 years of age, who may show difficulties recognizing facial expressions for a 5 week, 10 session computer treatment. Participants will receive $20 per assessment session, in addition to $20 for completing all treatment sessions, for up to $80 total. Contact Andrea Trubanova Wieckowski email: atruban@vt.edu; phone: 540-231-2024




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