Research

Active and seeking participants

Parent Child Interaction Therapy – Emotion Development (PCIT-ED)

The goal of this study is to help 3-6 year old children who are experiencing symptoms of sadness, irritability, guilt or inability to enjoy activities and play. All participants in this study will receive treatment. The assessments will mainly focus on your child’s moods, behaviors and development. Families will be compensated for their time and effort at each assessment wave.

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Contact: 314-286-1888 or pcited@psychiatry.wustl.edu 

Brain and Behavior in Preschoolers (BBP) 

The purpose of this study is to understand how the brains of healthy preschool children work and develop. We are looking for children to visit the EEDP for one 2.5 hour visit, where they will play some games while their parent fills out some questionnaires. Children will also complete one EEG recording, where they will wear a special cap, play games, and win prizes.

Contact: 314-273-1045. Ask for Grace.

Attention in Anxiety and Depression 

The purpose of this study is to understand how attention is related to symptoms of anxiety and depression. We are looking for children between the ages of 7-12 years to visit our lab for 1-2 assessments, where we will be interested in their feelings and behaviors.

Contact: 314-286-0965. Ask for Caroline.

Active but not seeking participants

The School-Age Children’s Moods and Emotions study is a continuation of the Preschool Children’s Moods and Emotions study, also known as the Preschool Depression Study (PDS). This longitudinal study seeks to help doctors learn to differentiate children with normal mood, from children experiencing more serious emotional trouble that warrants professional help.

The goal of this project is to identify structural and functional differences in the brains of healthy and depressed children. In other words, we are looking to see if symptoms of depression are related to changes in the size and shape of brain structures, or to the connections within the brain. We attempt to measure this information by taking pictures of children’s brains while they think about happy and sad events.

Completed, in data analysis

The goal of this study was to help us better understand how the brain works in preschoolers who are generally happy and those who are often sad or irritable. We were also interested in how family relationships and having a family history of depression might influence brain function in these young children.

Brain Development Study 

We conducted a study of brain development in 4- to 6-year-old children to better understand brain development in children who often feel sad and/or irritable and those who don’t feel this way.

This study examined both healthy and depressed children and their reactions to emotional situations.

We collected genetic information from children who previously participated in our longitudinal study of children’s moods and emotions.

We studied brain development in 7- to 10-year-old children to learn how kids think and act, how their brains develop, and how these factors compare in children whose mothers do or don’t have a history of depression.