Adolescent Brain Study

Ages 13-14 and their caregiver

  • Participate in a longitudinal study about adolescent health and well-being (contacted annually for 3 years following the first assessment)

  • Participate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg or Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke

  • Adolescent and caregiver participate in a short interview, fill out questionnaires, and play simple computer games

  • Adolescent (but not caregiver) gets a brain scan and receives a CD with MRI images of their brain

  • Each caregiver will be paid $75-$105, and the adolescent will also be paid $75-$105 (travel compensation will be provided at $0.20 per mile)

If you are interested, please call or text us at 540-558-8239 or email

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Meet the Study Team
Brooks King-Casas
Jungmeen Kim-Spoon
Pearl Chiu
Kirby Deater-Deckard
Warren Bickel

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