What We Do

What happens if my child participates?

Researchers will visit your child at home, school, or our lab and meet with your child once.

During the sessions, we will measure certain things like ability to pay attention and to

remember things, ability to slow down and not be impulsive.

We will ask you to complete a parent questionnaire, asking about socioeconomic data

(occupation, income, and education), marital status, and home situation.


What happens to my child’s data?

All information collected for this study is strictly confidential & reports will not mention individual

children by name. To protect your privacy, our records will be identified only by code numbers. Files

will be kept securely locked at our lab at NYU. Only researchers involved in the study will have

access to the data.

After we analyze the data paper & electronic files will be destroyed after 5 years.


What are the risks & benefits of participating?

There are no known risks associated with your child’s participation in this research beyond those of

everyday life. Although you will receive no direct benefits, this research may help us understand the

ways in which children get ready for school.


What do I get for participating?

We will pay you $50 after your child participates in the study. Your participation is voluntary. You or

your child can choose to end your participation at any time, for any reason, without penalty or loss of



How Can I sign up?

If you received a paper consent form from your child’s school please return the signed form to your

child’s school. We will then schedule a time with the school’s director to see you child while he or

she is at school. You will receive a note in your child’s backpack on the day we visit your child to let

you know your child was seen by a researcher.


Our consent form and parent questionnaire are also available for all interested parents online here:



Once you complete the questionnaire we will call or email you to let you know the information was

received. We will also schedule a time to meet with your child.