LAAMB study graphic, learning about autism and ADHD markers in babies

Ages: 6-9 months

Autism, ADHD, ASD, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, ADD, typically developing, infant, baby

Learning about Autism and ADHD Markers in Babies, LAAMB study

Are you pregnant or have you had a new baby? Come learn about your babys’ development!

Researchers at the MIND Institute on the UC Davis Medical Center campus in Sacramento are conducting a study of early social, language, cognitive, self-regulation, attention, and motor development of infants and toddlers from 6 through 36 months of age.

Recruitment Period:
From Sept. 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025

Visit the LAAMB study site for more details

Sleep study graphic, stock image of books and sleeping racoon

Ages: 15–20 years

Sleep, hours needed, teenage years, children, adolescents, sleep schedule, sleep lab

Adolescent Sleep Study

We need participants to help with our sleep research!

Researchers at the UC Davis Sleep Lab are seeking to answer the question about how much sleep children need and if this need changes across the teenage years. We are looking for participants who are 15 to 20 years old and live in Davis, Dixon or Woodland.

Recruitment Period:
Currently open and offering financial compensation for participation.

Visit the UC Davis Sleep Lab study site for more details

KidsFirst study graphic

Ages: 2–17 years

autism spectrum disorder, ASD, developmental disability

KidsFirst Research Network

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are collaborating with the Hartwell Foundation, to reach thousands of families who are managing the challenges of caring for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a developmental disability.

KidsFirst is a series of online surveys consisting of simple behavioral and medical questions. Each unique response will help researchers further understand the challenges associated with autism and other developmental disabilities, which may lead to more tailored treatment and intervention.

Recruitment Period:
Currently open to families with children or teens with developmental disabilities. All participation is online.

Visit the KidsFirst study site for more details

STAAR study, photo of young boy

Ages: 8–14 years

autism, autism spectrum disorder, ASD, anxiety, medication, cognitive behavioral therapy

Specifying and Treating Anxiety in Autism Research, STAAR study

The goal of STAAR is to better characterize anxiety in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and evaluate if medication or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective for children with ASD and anxiety. Participants will be offered medication, CBT, or pill placebo. If put into pill placebo, participants will be offered their choice of complimentary CBT or study medication after completion of the study.

Recruitment Period:
Currently open and seeking participants.

Visit the UC Davis Mind Institute STAAR study page for more details

VRAM study, photo of young boy wearing VR goggles

Ages: 8–13 years

virtual reality, children, teenagers, ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Virtual Reality Attention Management, VRAM study

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are using a virtual reality environment to test whether a new intervention can help persons with attention problems or who have ADHD with significant inattention, learn to ignore distractions, e.g., peers talking, clock ticking.

Recruitment Period:
We are actively recruiting young children and teenagers with ADHD to participate in the this study.

Visit the VRAM study site for more details

MINT study

Ages: 15–30 years

ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, teens, young adults, self control, impulsivity

MINT Study, Mapping Impulsivity Neurodevelopmental Trajectories


Are you 15 to 30 years old? Help science learn about self-control and decision making in the growing brain!

We are studying brain development in teens and young adults to discover more about how self-control develops. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with even higher rates of impulsivity and self-control problems. Findings from this study may help us better understand the development of self-control in adolescents and young adults with and without ADHD.

Recruitment Period:
We are actively recruiting teenagers and young adults to participate in this study. Compensation is available.

Visit the MINT study site for more details