Active and seeking participants

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: 314-286-2697. Ask for Jennifer.

Early Development of Overcontrol (eDOC) 

This study is designed to help understand how the development of a characteristic of ‘overcontrol’ is related to social relationships, moods, behaviors and symptoms of anxiety. We are looking for children between the ages of 5-6 years to visit the EEDP for one visit, where parents will be interviewed and fill out questionnaires and children will complete activities and play computer games while having an EEG. Then participants will be contacted in two years for a follow-up session.

Contact: (314) 286-0788 or Ask for Ella.

Children’s Health in Lab and Life (CHiLL)

This study is designed to investigate how physical activity during the preschool age can affect mental health later in life. We are looking for kids ages 3-5 and parents who are willing to visit the lab for 2 hours, and have the child wear an activity tracker for a week while the parent answers questions on a free app on their phone.

Contact: 314-747-6148 or Ask for Alex.

Optimism Study 

The purpose of this study is to understand the development of optimism in young children, with a specific focus on children growing up in St. Louis. Children enroll in this study through a participating school. Once enrolled, children will complete several short game-based optimism tasks that are administered across 3 sessions in their school. Eligible families will also have the option to come to our lab for a separate EEG study in which we are investigating the relationship between neural response to reward and optimism.

Contact: 314-273-0098 or . Ask for Ethan.

eLABE Study 

The EEDP and WUNDER Lab have recruited mothers enrolled in the March of Dimes 1000 Women Cohort study to participate in the eLABE study. Through eLABE, we hope to better understand how experiences during pregnancy and early infant life affect both mothers’ and children’s well-being. Mothers in this study will soon deliver or have delivered recently.

Contact:314-747-2160, ask for Lori Ingram.

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.

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 mainly focus on children’s moods, behaviors and development. Families will be compensated for their time and effort at each assessment wave. We are no longer recruiting participants for this study.

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.