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.

ABCD Long-term Study

Is your child age 8 – 10 and interested in being part of the largest, long-term study on child development in the U.S.?  The University of Maryland School of Maryland is seeking participants.

410-706-ABCD (2233)

National Institute of Mental Health Depressed Kids Study

Does Your Child Have ADHD and Trouble Controlling His/Her Anger?

This study is seeking volunteers for a research study being conducted in children with ADHD & impulsive aggression.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Clinical Trials Unit


Is Your Child Troubled By Depression?

Kites, an ADVANCE study, is a clinical research study that will evaluate the effectiveness of an investigational drug for depression in children and young people. To find out more, please contact the study team below, or talk to your doctor.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Clinical Trials Unit



ADHD In 4 To 5 Year Olds

Kennedy Krieger is investigating an ADHD medication in young children.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Clinical Trials Unit



Could It Be Bipolar Disorder?

Doctors are looking for children and teens with Bipolar I Disorder for a research study.

If you think your child may have a mental health problem, a research study may be helpful.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Clinical Trials Unit


Schizophrenia Study With 12 – 16 Year Olds

Join a clinical research study for adolescents 12 -16 years old diagnosed with Schizophrenia.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Clinical Trials Unit


Does Your Child Have Bipolar Disorder?

Kennedy Krieger Institute Clinical Trials Unit


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.

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

National Cognitive Development Study

University of Maryland School of Medicine is recruiting for a National Cognitive Development Study in the Baltimore area. Email adcb@umm.edu or click here for the study flyer.

Other Studies for Children’s Behavioral Health Problems

Preschool Shyness Study for children 3.5 – 5 years old  

Psychological Treatments for Youth with Severe Irritability

Brain Imaging of Childhood Onset Psychiatric Disorders, Endocrine Disorders and Healthy Volunteers