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Welcome, the UCM Alliance Center Research Partners are recruiting community members to participate in important research/studies.  Please take a minute to review the research/study participation opportunities we have available and sign-up for any that may be of interest to you.  Without the participation of members of our community - in San Joaquin Valley and Mountain rural areas - our work would not be possible.  Sign-up to receive updates on future research opportunities.


Study # 1603301: Training in Spatial Skills for children with and without learning disabilities.  This project will ascertain 50 children, between the ages of 7 and 12 years old.  Half of the children will have a formal diagnosis of a reading disability (dyslexia) and be receiving special education services in the schools.  Another 25 children will be normal readers.  The research team members will be testing and training the children through activities (making structures and shapes with Legos and Tangrams). This study is interested in how spatial ability can be changed through training or how it relates to experience.  Your child's participation in this experiment will allow us to assess how well and how quickly children can improve their spatial skills. Participants are paid for their time.   This study is currently recruiting  7-12 years old "normal reader" and "learning/reading disorders". Participants are paid for their time?  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.

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Study #1603302: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) Study.  This project is recruiting 18 years old and older diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Learning Differences (LD...identified reading disorders, Dyslexia, Learning disorders), and willing and/or able to refrain from taking their ADHD-related medications for 48 hours.  The purpose of this study is to answer specific questions about whether certain sub-groups (i.e., people diagnosed with ADHD or LD) are able to perceive what they see differently from whose without ADHD or LD diagnoses.  It tests a theory that some subgroups function differently in different contests.  Participants are paid for their time.  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.

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Study #1605091: Valley Teens as Parents (VTAP).  This project funded by First 5 Merced County and investigates the relationship between teen parents and their own parents and how this dynamic influences the development of teen parents' young children.  Participants will be compensated for their time.  Participants will receive a set of board books for their child and a UC Merced tote bag. This project is in collaboration with UC Merced Family Development Lab, Interpersonal Development Lab and the Center for Early Cognition and Language.  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.

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Study #1607181:  Infant Vocalization as Foraging for Caregiver Response
This study will obtain 86 participants.  The project is recruiting families that are expecting a baby or have a newborn baby less than 2 months of age (audio recordings take place at 3 months).  During the study, a series of full-day audio recordings will be collected of the infant in their home environment at 3, 6, 9, and 18 months of age.  The purpose of the research is to improve our understanding of how infants vocalize during the first year of life, how this relates to the responses they receive from other individuals in their environment, and how both of these things relate to the infants's language development.  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.
Study #1608181:  Healthy You TXT Physical Activity Program
The study is focused on improving physical activity using a mobile phone-based program developed by US National Cancer Institute (NCI), and also to ensure the programs appropriateness for our communities in the San Joaquin Valley.  It is open to 150 adults, between the ages of 18 and 65 years old, who have a mobile phone and want to increase their physical activity level.  Throughout Mariposa, Merced, and Stanislaus Counties in 2016, we are working closely with community organizations and groups who have interests or current efforts that support the health and well-being of our community members.  This project is in collaboration with UC Merced's Physical Activity Research Program and is funded by the NCI with Dr. Linda Cameron as the lead investigator.  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.
Study #1608182:   Family Communication About Type 1 Diabetes (FCD)
This study examines how parents with a child or teen (ages 10-15) communicate about issues related to type 1 diabetes management.  This study involves both parent and child participation.  Parents and children will be asked to complete a survey and participate in a videotaped discussion about issues related to diabetes management.  We hope to use knowledge gained from this study to improve family communication about type 1 diabetes management.  Participants will be compensated for their time.  Parents will receive $20 and children/teen will receive a $20 gift card.  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.
Study #1703011: UCSF Poly-Tobacco Study
The UCSF Poly-Tobacco Study purpose is to learn more about why young adults use multiple tobacco products, how they view advertising for new tobacco products, and what educational messages about these products are the most effective.  Participants will need to complete a survey for a chance to be selected for this research study.   The online survey takes 5 minutes.  Participants will be compensated for their time.  Qualifying participants will participate in a series of 1-hour interviews, earning a $100 Amazon gift card for each one.  This research study is in collaboration with University of California, San Francisco.  Let us know you are interested in participating by completing this form.



What is research?

There are many different types of research that deal with family and child health and development.  Simply put, this research aims to answer questions or develop new ideas.  Sometimes the research is used to design treatments for disease, make predictions about behaviors, or help us understand the mechanisms that underlie what see in the brain, behavior, or expressions of health.  The research may involve a single adult or child, or entire immediate or extended families.


Who is Involved?

Each research study is different.  Some studies are large and take place at many locations.  Some studies are sponsored/funded by government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), while others are funded by non-profit organizations, companies, etc.  The person in charge of a study is called the "principal investigator," or "PI".  Other investigators usually assist the PI. including students who serve as research assistants.   There may also be a person who helps organize the study, a "research coordinator".  Individuals who participate in research are called "participants" or "subjects".  Children usually can't give informed consent for themselves, one or both parents (or the legal guardian) must give their permission before the child can be included in a study.