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Research Study Opportunity for Students/Families

LAUSD has approved a NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) study that will be conducted by Dr. James McCracken at UCLA. The study is in need of a control population of healthy students.  Click here for informational flyer.


Note: Students must be proficient in English to qualify. 


These are the benefits that a family can receive for participating in the study:


  • Visit 1: 9 AM – 5 PM.  Free educational testing and psychological interviews (NOT associated with LAUSD gifted identification).  All parents and children 7 and above will be interviewed by nationally known UCLA psychologists.  Child receives $100.
  • Visit 2: About 2 hours. FMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging).  There are no known health risks associated with MRIs.  There is no radiation exposure and the procedure is non-invasive. Child is awake and active the entire time.  Child receives $75
  • Visit 3: About 2 – 3 hours. Repeat FMRI and more educational testing.  Child receives $175.


The child will receive a total of $350 for the entire study if they participate in all 3 visits.  In addition, the study will take place in the summer so children will not miss any school (traditional track).


Contact information for the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) is as follows:


Joni Zuckerbrow-Miller

UCLA ADHD and Autism

Community Outreach Coordinator

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and

Human Behavior at UCLA

(310) 794-2215