Social-Emotional Development Study

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The CALMER Lab ( located at the Child Study Center at Virginia Tech is committed to helping understand and improve the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. We are currently conducting a research study for children and adolescents (ages 4-15) and their families (IRB #19-834).

This study focuses on how parents can help foster more positive development of social and emotional competencies as children grow. Participants in the study will complete ratings and behavioral tasks on two occasions, approximately one year apart (visit lengths = ~2.5 hours), and parents will complete daily ratings for a two week period following the visits. Parent questionnaires involve multiple questionnaires on their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and medical functioning, and their own stress, emotions, and parenting practices. Families will be provided with feedback and a report detailing the findings of the mental health and academic evaluation following the visits (30-minute feedback visits).

Your family will be compensated up to $200 for completing all parts of the study, and your child will be given stickers and a small prize at each visit. We are currently recruiting for all ages 4-15 years, except for 4-, 5-, 7-, and 8-year-old boys and 5-, 6-, and 9-year-old girls, as we have already hit our target sample size for those groups.

If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact the CALMER Lab at or 540-231-8511.