Participate in a Study!

Participating in developmental research can be a rewarding and interesting experience for both children and parents. Children have a great time playing games and solving puzzles, and parents are often surprised to see new dimensions of their child’s intellect and skills. In addition, participating in developmental studies provides valuable information for the scientific community about the strategies and skills children learn as they grow – information that can be used to develop new methods of teaching and assessing children in the real world.

If you are interested in having your child participate in child development research at the Institute of Child Development, enroll your child in the ICD participant pool or see information below about our current studies.

Current Studies

Flyer for Predictors of Career Interests Study

Predictors of Career Interests Study

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephanie Carlson

About the study: We are conducting a research study to examine the predictors in children that determine which career they will go into or be interested in later in life.

What will you need to do: You and your child will complete online surveys for 30 minutes about yourselves and your family status once a year, for four years.

Some children will be randomly selected to also participate in a 90-minute Zoom session, once a year, for four years. During this session, your child would play games and complete surveys with a researcher.


  • You and your child must both be English-speaking
  • Your child must be in the 4th OR 8th grade in the 2023-2024 school year
  • You must be located in the USA


  • Up to $40 a year for children 9-12
  • Up to $50 a year for children 13-17
  • $10 a year for a caregiver
  • $10 for your child’s teacher

If you are interested, please complete our interest form.