If you are interested in research opportunities that may be available for your child, check back here often for studies that are currently recruiting.

Below is a list of studies that are currently recruiting children and youth.

Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Research

Anxious children (ages 8-17, medically healthy, and not taking psychiatric medications) can join a study investigating brain function. Procedures include: Diagnostic interviews, physical examination, computer-based problem solving and memory tasks, brain imaging and choice of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or treatment medication.

This 8-week outpatient study is conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. All evaluations, procedures are free. Compensation provided, consent to participate required. Transportation reimbursement is available. Call or email to learn more.

301-402-8225 | TTY: 1-866-411-1222

How Does Puberty Affect Brain Development?

Your eight-year-old healthy child is invited to participate in an NIH outpatient research study that examines how puberty affects brain development.

Participation includes 1-3 day outpatient visits to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland every 8-10 months until age 17, for a physical examination, body measurements, questionnaires, MRI scans, blood draws, urine collection and x-rays. Participants must NOT have any chronic medical or psychiatric illnesses, nor be on any long-term medication. Parents must agree to their child’s participation.

Evaluations and research procedures are free of cost. Compensation is provided. Call for information and eligibility criteria: 301-402-9207, TTY: 1-866-411-1010.

Are you the biological mother of a 5-10 year-old child that has AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

You and your child may be eligible to participate in a study being conducted by the University of Maryland ADHD Program which involves:

  • 2 visits to the University of Maryland
  • $50 compensation for research participation

To learn more, contact the Maternal Imaging Study at (301) 405-4606 or

Learn more about the University of Maryland ADHD Treatment Clinic

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment Clinic is designed to treat children diagnosed with ADHD and related conditions. The clinic is set up for children ages 5 through 18 and has served the needs of our patient population for almost 10 years.

Accurate diagnosis is a critical component in the treatment of ADHD and related conditions. When you call for an appointment, our referral specialist will ask several questions regarding your child’s age and symptoms, and will then schedule you with one of our clinicians for a full assessment. Following the evaluation, a member of our treatment team will sit down and discuss treatment recommendations.

To schedule an appointment, a consultation, or for more information:
Outpatient Child Psychiatry Program: 410-328-6018
Inpatient/Partial Programs: 410-328-6231

University of Maryland Stress and Parenting Study

Parents of children ages 5-10 with ADHD
Parents of children ages 5-10 without ADHD

Other Studies for Children’s Behavioral Health Problems

Preschool Shyness Study for children 3.5 – 5 years old
Descriptive Study of Severe Irritability
Brain Imaging of Childhood Onset Psychiatric Disorders, Endocrine Disorders and Healthy Volunteers
Understanding Depression in Teenagers


Nueroimaging and Mental Illness: A Window into the Brain
A Participants Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research