Parent-Teen Study

Parent-Teen Study

We are currently recruiting families  to join our study! Interested in Participating? Click here!

***COVID update (January 19, 2021): We are back open for new families! We have several safety precautions in place, including covid health checks, social distancing, mask wearing, and completing some parts of our study online.***

Are you interested in helping us with some important research we are doing about teenagers? 

We are seeking parents of 12-14 year olds in the Fairfax County area to participate in a study of family factors in teenagers’ emotional and brain development, the GMU Parent-Teen Study II.  The study involves questionnaires and tasks for you and your child, collecting saliva and urine from you and your child, and also a non-invasive fMRI scan session (no blood-work or IVs) for your child. Our work is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Families invited to participate will be paid up to $1,170.00 over three years for participating in our study.  If you decide to participate, free parking at the building (or compensation for bus or taxi fare) will be provided.  This is not a medication study and does not involve blood-work.

If you are interested in finding out more information about our study, please click the link above to fill out our contact information survey. Please note that completing the informational survey does not commit you to participate in our study and that all information provided will be kept private and confidential.

If you have any questions please contact our project manager, Lance, at (571) 281-8849 or at  We will promptly respond to all interested families.