Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research

Join us to better understand the human brain.

You hold the key

Changes between mental health and mental illness are a normal part of the human experience. Millions of people living with these developmental or psychiatric conditions have participated in research. This research helps scientists, doctors, and the rest of us understand how the brain works. New therapies are emerging because of this research. By sharing your time and your experience with researchers, you can be a part of these incredible efforts to understand the human brain.


Ethical research

All research conducted through our clinics is reviewed by an independent ethics panel. These studies are held to the highest privacy and ethical standards. Data generated by these studies is strictly guarded and used only by qualified scientists. These practices ensure that you can have peace of mind when participating in research. Ask the study team to learn more about how your data and privacy are protected.


Community Involvement

Most research is conducted with input from stakeholder communities. Ask the study team about opportunities to serve on stakeholder advisory committees.

Current Studies

  • PIER Program: A comprehensive clinical research center addressing the mental health needs of those aged 12-45 who are experiencing unusual changes in their mood, thoughts, perception, and/or behavior.
  • Matthew O'Brien, PI, Study: The effects of stimulant medication on disruptive behavior, choice, and preference in children and adolescents exhibiting disruptive behavior.
  • Developmental Psychopathology Lab: The Developmental Psychopathology Lab conducts research to understand how children develop behavior problems as well as positive adjustment. 
  • Hawkeye Reconnect: Labs include Mechanisms of Adult and Youth Psychopathology Lab (MAYPL) and NAP Lab.
  • Kleimann Lab: Currently recruiting for behavioral, eye tracking, and fMRI studies. You may be eligible if you have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and are between 18 and 50 years old. Also recruiting neurotypical participants. You may be eligible if you have no history of neurological or psychiatric disease and are between 18 and 50 years old.
  • Tic Genetic Consortium Study: Do you know a child who has a lifetime history of a chronic tic disorder, such as Tourette, chronic motor tic disorder, chronic vocal tic disorder, or a combined type tic disorder? If so, they may be eligible to participate in a study looking to identify subtypes of Tourette/Tic Disorder, which may lead to more targeted treatment.​


What People Are Saying

"Participating in this research made me think about how brains come in all shapes and sizes, and the only way to learn more about it is for people to join studies like this."

"My son and I were excited to join a brain imaging study. He liked thinking about how his brain was a part of research that might end up in textbooks someday."

"It wasn't too hard for my daughter to participate in the research and made us both feel we were doing something that might help other children, which was great!"