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Babies and Toddlers

i-LEAP (infant - Language Emotion Attention Perception)

The i-LEAP laboratory is currently conducting the following fun, interesting project for infants and their parents:

    Beginning Fall 2016, we are recruiting 7- to 10-month-old infants.  We are interested in their ability to discriminate a change in an emotion expression when just the face changes, just the voice changes, or when both the face and voice change.  Infant either gets familiarized with a happy speaker or a fearful speaker, and then gets to see various combinations of changes. We offer $10 compensation for participation (IRB pending).

      We make appointments 7 days a week to maximize your convenience: morning, afternoon, evening, and on weekends!  We offer convenient parking near our building and child care for older siblings if you would like to bring them along.  Please contact us at (540) 231-3972, or iLEAP@vt.edu for more information.  Please join us for some fun!

      VT Center for Autism Research Registry

      We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTAutismRegistry. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.

      [IRB 09-669]

      VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

      Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

      [IRB 13-784]

       

      Children

      Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study

      Is your child: Bold and fearless? Not worried about their behavior? Insensitive to others?  Uncaring?

      Join the Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study.

      2 hour research study for children ages 6 to 10 - Flexible scheduling.

      Child plays a feelings-matching game and a sticker sharing game.

      Parent completes questionnaires about their child’s behavior.

      Parent receives between $10-$30 and the child earns a small toy.

      For more information, call or email Lauren at: (540) 231-9735    EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com

      [IRB 15-575]

      Facial Emotion Recognition Intervention for Children with ASD

      WHY The goal of this study is to assess the feasibility of an attention modification intervention to attenuate deficits in facial emotion recognition and expression in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

      WHO We are enrolling children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 9 to 12 years of age, who may show difficulties recognizing facial expressions.

      WHAT 5 week, 10 session computer treatment. Parent and child will also be asked to complete three assessment sessions during the course of the treatment. Participants will receive $20 per assessment session, in addition to $20 for completing all treatment sessions, for up to $80 total.

      WHERE Child Study Center at Virginia Tech

      CONTACT Andrea Trubanova email: atruban@vt.edu; phone: 540-231-2024

       

      Moms & Mindfulness: How do you interact with your child? 

      We are searching for families with children ages 7 to 10 years of age to participate in our study on physiological responses to parent and child interaction. This study involves a 45 minute long visit to the VT Autism Clinic. You will be asked to complete questionnaires and then participate in an activity with your child. We will collect physiological information from mothers only. Your child will receive a small toy and you will be entered in a raffle for three $50 gift cards as compensation.

      If interested in learning more, please contact us at vtinteractionstudy@gmail.com or call (540) 231-2053.

      [IRB 14-1048]

       

      Virginia Tech Child Study Center

      In need of a diagnostic evaluation for your child? The Child Assessment Clinic at the Child Study Center conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in evaluating people between the ages of 7 and 18 and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, asperger's disorder, learning disabilities, and ADHD. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.

       

      Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center

      The Psychological Services Center is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in providing the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. Our therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the client. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.

      VT Center for Autism Research Registry

      We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTAutismRegistry. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.
      [IRB 09-669]

      VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

      Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

      [IRB 13-784]

      Join the SW Virginia Family Sleep Study!

      Are you a parent of a 2 year old? Are you interested in learning about sleep and health, for you and your toddler?

      Families with 30-month-olds are needed for a Virginia Tech research study on sleep and self-regulation in families with toddlers. Location: Roanoke Higher Education Center. Activities: Two home visits and one office visit, repeated at a six-month follow-up. Families will receive up to $100 for full participation in the initial study, and another $100 for full participation in the follow-up. Interested? Call (540) 818-5376 or Email: vtiddlab@vt.edu

      Situation Interpretation in Mothers and Children

      The study will explore how mothers and children interpret social situations in their day-to-day lives. We are looking for mothers whose children are between the ages of 7 and 12 years, and we are primarily interested in mothers who experience clinical levels of anxiety. We believe this project will help us better understand the relationship between these interpretations and interactions between mothers and children in these situations.

      If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this study please visit our website: http://www.psyc.vt.edu/labs/csc/psyced. Additionally, you can contact the project coordinator, Kristin Austin, M.S., at 231-8276 or via email at momanxiety@vt.edu. We look forward to hearing from you! 

      [IRB 11-064]

      Emotion Regulation in Children with and without ASD 

      Is your child between 3 to 7 years of age?

      STUDY: A new study is investigating boys and girls with autism or boys without autism and their ability to manage their emotions. The session will last 1 to 1.5 hours and involve the completion of a number of questionnaires and a short assessment with your child.

      WHERE: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic located at 3110 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061

      CONTACT: For more information please contact Reina Factor at VTCareStudy@gmail.com or call ‪(540) 231-2053.

      COMPENSATION: $25 and a brief report of your child’s social and language abilities.

      Biomarkers Study

      The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how those individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, breathing rate, and brain functioning.  Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.

      You will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

      If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

       [IRB 14-1126]

       

      Teenagers

      ASSET: Treatment Study for Teens

      The Psychosocial Interventions Lab at Virginia Tech is conducting a study of a new treatment for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who struggle with handling their emotions. We are enrolling 12-17 year olds with an ASD diagnosis and IQ of 80 or higher who also have difficulties with their emotions. The program involves individual sessions, online resources for parent and teen, and at home practices for the teen. There is no cost for this program and we offer payments for completing the assessments.

      To receive more information please email [psyc.soc.interventions@gmail.com] or call us [540-231-8276].

      Teens and Social Awareness Study

      Is your child between 12 to 17 years of age?

      STUDY: A new study is investigating how non-anxious teens respond to social pictures. The session will last approximately 1 hour and involve the completion of questionnaires, an eye tracking task, and a computerized task. We require that at least one parent participate in the study with their child. Parents will complete questionnaires.

      WHERE: Virginia Tech Child Study Center located at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg, VA, 24060

      CONTACT: For more information please contact the Virginia Tech Child Study Center at childstudycenter@gmail.com OR call (540) 231-8276.

      COMPENSATION: Parents and their teen will receive one payment, total of $20.

      [IRB 16-868]

       

      Adolescents' conversations with parents and friends

      We are exploring how adolescents talk with parents and close friends in a study on adolescent emotional adjustment and social experiences. Teenagers participate with a parent and close friend. If you're interested in participating, please email socdev@vt.edu or call us at 540-231-8179.

      [IRB 15-438]

      Stepped Transition in Education Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

      We are conducting a study on a new program that targets successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education. Enrollment is now open.

      Participation in this study involves active involvement in a 16-week research intervention. We are enrolling high school students with a present ASD diagnosis who are at least 16 years old and interested in pursuing post-secondary education. The postsecondary transition support program involves in-person training meetings, online resources, teacher training sessions, and a campus immersion experience for the student. Students will also identify a trusted school personnel in order to help advise them through the transition process as well as involvement from their parents. Participation in the program is free, and students, parents, and school personnel are paid for completing assessments as part of the study. Students are randomly assigned to either Transition as Usual or the STEPS program. Those students who complete the Transition as Usual followed by the STEPS program can receive up to $115.00. Those who receive STEPS alone can receive up to $70.00 for completing study assessments.

      If you would like more information concerning the research, please send an email to childstudycenter@gmail.com 

      Project website: http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/
      Email: childstudycenter@gmail.com

      Phone: 540-231-8276

      [IRB 14-1088]

      Social Anxiety Research Project

      Parents, is your teen nervous or afraid in social situations? The Social Anxiety Research Project can help. The program is open for teens between 12 and 16 years of age. Don't let anxiety keep your son or daughter from enjoying life. Contact the VT Child Study Center at 540-231-8276 or childstudycenter@gmail.com

      [IRB 13-180]

      VT Center for Autism Research Registry

      We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTAutismRegistry. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.
      [IRB 09-669]

      VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

      Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

      [IRB 13-784]

      Virginia Tech Child Study Center

      In need a diagnostic evaluation for you or your teenager? The Child Assessment Clinic at the Child Study Center conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.

      Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center

      The Psychological Services Center is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for adolescents, children, and adults. We specialize in providing the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. Our therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the client. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.

      Driving Study

      We are asking parents and teenagers/young adults (ages 15-25 years) with and without ASD to take a survey related to experiences learning to drive.  The survey is online, should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey will receive $10.00.  To learn more or to receive a link to the survey, call 540-231-8747 or email vtcar2013@gmail.com and mention the "Driving Study."

      [IRB 15-643]

      Biomarkers Study

      The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how those individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, breathing rate, and brain functioning.  Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.

      You will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

      If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

       [IRB 14-1126]

       

      Adults

        VT Center for Autism Research Registry

        We maintain an active 'registry' for individuals with autism of all ages and their families who would like to be notified of new studies related to autism or other development disorders, which they may be interested in. To register, please complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTAutismRegistry. For more information, please contact VTCAR@vt.edu.
        [IRB 09-669]

        VT Center for Autism Research Assessment Database

        Do you suspect you or your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? The VT Center for Autism Research conducts comprehensive, state of the art psychodiagnostic ASD evaluations for toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults of all functioning levels as part of our assessment database project. The purpose of the project is to create a database of individuals affected by ASD that can be used for future research studies. We offer a free evaluation and clinical summary report with diagnostic impression for your personal records. Please call (540)231-8747 or email VTCAR@vt.edu for more information.

        [IRB 13-784]
        Driving Study

        We are asking parents and teenagers/young adults (ages 15-25 years) with and without ASD to take a survey related to experiences learning to drive.  The survey is online, should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey will receive $10.00.  To learn more or to receive a link to the survey, call 540-231-8747 or email vtcar2013@gmail.com and mention the "Driving Study."

        [IRB 15-643]

        Biomarkers Study

        The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how those individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, breathing rate, and brain functioning.  Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.

        You will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

        If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

         [IRB 14-1126]

        Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center

        The Psychological Services Center is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for adults, adolescents, and children. We specialize in providing the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. Our therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the client. Please call (540)231-6914 for more information.