Join the CARE Study! | Kids Out and About St. Louis

Join the CARE Study!

Do you have a 4 - 6 year old child? Scientists at Washington University are looking for children to participate in the CARE Study! The CARE study, or the Child Affect and Resilience to Experiences study, involves an MRI scan, games, movies, and questionnaires. Your child will receive a toy and a framed picture of their brain. Earn up to $570 for full participation, which includes 3 visits over 18 months! Flexible hours and transportation provided.

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Please contact us if you have a 4-6-year-old child to join the CARE study!

PI: Susan Perlman, PhD

We are looking for kids whose parents are either experiencing separation/divorce OR have never experienced separation/divorce. If your family fits either of those descriptions, you might be eligible for the CARE study!

Please Note: Separating parents do not have to be legally married or legally divorced to be eligible for this study. We are interested in any family undergoing parental separation.

  • Study includes MRI and fNIRS scanning (non-invasive, safe brain scans).
  • Children play games and watch movies.
  • The participating parent completes questionnaires.
  • Children will receive a small prize and picture of their brain.
  • Families earn up to $570 for full participation (3 visits over 18 months).
  • Transportation provided or reimbursed.

Changes in family structure are a common occurrence across families with young children, and we are interested in learning more about how these experiences affect child development. This study has the potential to help us understand why some children adjust well to changes in in their families while others do not handle these changes very well. If we can get a better understanding of the short-term and long-term changes in children experiencing parental separation, we could use that knowledge to help kids in the future learn how to be resilient to these changes.

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


4444 Forest Park Ave Suite 5200
St Louis, MO, 63108
United States


Contact name: 
Sarah Cole
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8:00am - 6:00pm, Daily. Call to schedule an appointment!