An Overview of Participating in Our Studies

Welcome to the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab at the University of South Carolina. Our studies focus on longitudinal studies of neurodevelopment in various populations.

In order to get a better idea of what our standard assessments entail, please watch our introductory video:


Participation in our study involves assessments of your child’s developmental skills, as well as interviews with you, the parent(s), regarding your own experiences and perceptions of your child’s development as well as your own well-being.

If you agree to be in the study, we will email rating scales and forms to you which will take approximately 1 ½ hours to complete, and we will schedule a face-to-face assessment with you and your child that varies in time from 2 hours – 8 hours depending on the age of the child. Most research assessments take place in the home at a time convenient to the family.

Families have the option to participate in electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing at our local testing facility, The Institute for Mind and Brain.  The EEG test measures neural processing when participants are presented with neutral and social stimuli.  Heart rate, eye movement and brain waves are recorded while child participants watch images on a television screen.  The presentation takes about 20 minutes with the entire session lasting about an hour.

Please watch the video below to know what you can expect during an EEG session:


The newest component of our infant and preschool assessments involve collecting small blood samples to analyze genetic components using cutting-edge technology.  Mothers and children currently enrolled in our studies can opt to schedule a one-time blood draw to assist us in this endeavor. We offer additional compensation for these optional components and we make participating as convenient as possible.

Learn how you can take part in our research