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Research Projects

Would you like to help us learn more about families like yours and how to help them thrive? The projects listed below are looking for people to help. Look through the project descriptions to see if you or your family members may be eligible. You can also reach out to Heidi  at (574) 631-0952 or hmiller1@nd.edu.

Child and Family Therapy Clinic

To learn more about the Department of Psychology's clinical services offered at the Shaw Center, call (574) 631-0954 or visit the Child and Family Therapy page.

 

  • The SPARC Project (Supporting Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Communication)

    Who Participates?

    Families that include fathers and mothers who are living together in the same home with a typically developing child (between 10 and 18 years old) and a child of any age who has been diagnosed with any type of intellectual or developmental disability.

    What's Involved

    Participating families will be invited to visit one of our centers several times over the course of one year. Families could earn up to $370 for their participation over the course of one year, and free childcare is provided at all visits by team members who are trained to work with individuals with IDD.

    Contact

    South Bend
    574-631-6009
    ndsparc@nd.edu
    Fort Wayne
    574-631-6009
    ndsparc@nd.edu
  • Notre Dame Families & Babies Study (ND-FABS)

    Who Participates?

    Mothers and fathers of infants (6-months or younger) who are currently living together.

    What's Involved

    Four center visits where we video record parents and infants interacting with each other. Families are also randomly assigned to one of four groups in which they receive 4-8 phone calls and/or home visits.

    Contact

    South Bend
    574-631-0950
    nfabs@nd.edu
    Fort Wayne
    574-631-0956
    nfabsfw@nd.edu
  • The Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program

    Who Participates?

    Women are eligible to participate if they: 1) Are currently pregnant (no more than 33 weeks); 2) Are 16 years of age or older; 3) Have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence by a partner in the past year; AND 4) Are fluent in English.

    What's Involved

    Participants complete 4 interviews over the course of their time in the study, two during pregnancy and 2 postpartum (3-months and 1-year). Each interview lasts between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Half of the women in the study will also be selected to participate in a 5 session group therapy program. Participants receive $40 in compensation for each completed study interview, and women attending group sessions receive a infant care item at each session. Transportation and childcare are provided at no cost.

    Contact

    South Bend
    574-383-9402
  • FAMJAM (Families Joining Around Memories: A Study of Communication and Development)

    Who Participates?

    We are looking for families with two parents who live together and a child between the ages of 3 and 5

    What's Involved

    Families will come to the Center for a 2 hour visit during which parents will participate in a number of activities with each other and with their child, including family play, problem solving, and reminiscing about past experiences. Children will also participate in a number of games while parents fill out some questionnaires. You will be compensated with a $40 Visa gift card for your time and your child will receive a small toy.

    Contact

    South Bend
    famjamstudy@gmail.com