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​​​​​​​​​​Explore Our Current Studies for Children and​ Adults

​​​​​For more than 40 years, Boys Town National Research Hospital has been translating research into premier clinical care. Our studies in neurological and behavioral health, hearing and language development are improving the care provided to children, adults and communities in Omaha and around the country.

Current studies are recruiting for all ages and include in-person and virtual opportunities. Participants will be compensated for their time.

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Advanced Brain Imaging: Cannabishttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/advanced-brain-imaging-cannabisAdvanced Brain Imaging: CannabisThe purpose of this study is to investigate how chronic cannabis use affects brain activity and cognitive functioning differently in people who are living with HIV compared to those who are not living with HIV.Tony Wilson, Ph.D.19-60West Campus1
Advanced Brain Imaging: HIVhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/advanced-brain-imaging-hivAdvanced Brain Imaging: HIVThe purpose of this study is to investigate how HIV affects brain activity, cognitive functioning and aging in people who have HIV as compared to those who do not.Tony Wilson, Ph.D.19-78West Campus1
Audiovisual Speech Enhancement in Childrenhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/audiovisual-speech-enhancement-childrenAudiovisual Speech Enhancement in ChildrenThe purpose of this study is to learn how children use visual cues on a talker's face to help understand speech in noisy backgrounds.Kaylah Lalonde, Ph.D.5-29East Campus1
Brain Reorganization Across the Adult Lifespanhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/brain-reorganization-across-adult-lifespanBrain Reorganization Across the Adult LifespanThe purpose of this study is to use brain imaging and cognitive information to understand how changes in the brain are related to thinking and memory abilities as we age and how this can vary from person to person.Gaelle E. Doucet, Ph.D.19-88West Campus1
Characterizing the Impact of Auditory Experience on Cognitive, Language, and Neural Outcomes in Childrenhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/characterizing-impact-auditory-experienceCharacterizing the Impact of Auditory Experience on Cognitive, Language, and Neural Outcomes in ChildrenThe goals of this study are to understand how a child's brain works during attention, memory, and language tasks, and whether hearing loss affects how these processes occur in the brain.Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Ph.D.7-15West Campus1
Children’s Skills Supporting Listening in Noise Studyhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/childrens-skills-supporting-listening-noise-studyChildren’s Skills Supporting Listening in Noise StudyThe purpose of this study is to identify and understand what type of intervention can help children better understand in noisy environments, such as classrooms.Ryan McCreery, Ph.D.6-12East Campus1
Developmental Changes in the Brain and Their Link to Psychiatric Traitshttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/developmental-changes-brainDevelopmental Changes in the Brain and Their Link to Psychiatric TraitsThe aim of this study is to use brain functional imaging results to understand the brain changes related to puberty and how they can lead to the onset of psychiatric disorders.Gaelle E. Doucet, Ph.D.12-25West Campus1
Developmental Multimodal Imaging of Neurocognitive Dynamics (Dev-MIND)https://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/developmental-multimodal-imagingDevelopmental Multimodal Imaging of Neurocognitive Dynamics (Dev-MIND)The purpose of this study is to understand how the healthy brain matures and how hormones influence this development.Tony Wilson, Ph.D.6-8, 11-13West Campus1
Five Memory Tests – A Remote Studyhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/five-memory-testsFive Memory Tests – A Remote StudyThe purpose of this study is to learn about the strategies people use to remember different kinds of materials and which strategies work best.Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D.19-35Virtual1
Functional Hearing In Complex Auditory Environmentshttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/functional-hearing-in-complex-auditory-environmentsFunctional Hearing In Complex Auditory EnvironmentsThe purpose of this study is to investigate how children locate sounds and understand speech in everyday indoor environments. This is done by using virtual reality in the lab.Ellen Peng, Ph.D.7-30Virtual & In Person-East Campus1
Hearing Adaptation in Noisy Conditions in Adultshttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/hearing-adaptation-in-noisy-conditions-in-adultsHearing Adaptation in Noisy Conditions in AdultsThe Human Auditory Development Lab is conducting a study on how factors such as hearing and language affect a person's ability to understand speech in competing backgrounds, like noise and speech.Lori Leibold, Ph.D.19 - 50East Campus1
Hearing Adaptation in Noisy Conditions in Children https://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/hearing-adaptation-in-noisy-conditions-in-childrenHearing Adaptation in Noisy Conditions in Children The Human Auditory Development Lab is conducting a study on how factors such as hearing and language affect a person's ability to understand speech in competing backgrounds, like noise and speech.Lori Leibold, Ph.D.7 - 11East Campus1
Igniting Mobility in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsyhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/igniting-mobility-cerebral-palsyIgniting Mobility in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral PalsyThe purpose of this study is to see how successful gait therapy (physical therapy focused on improving walking) is for individuals with cerebral palsy. Max J. Kurz, Ph.D.11-30West Campus1
Language Comprehension and Learning in Childrenhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/language-comprehension-learning-childrenLanguage Comprehension and Learning in ChildrenThe purpose of this study is to gather information about the strategies children use to understand language and learn new words.4-6East Campus;West Campus1
Learning and Attention in Childrenhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/learning-attention-childrenLearning and Attention in ChildrenThe purpose of this study is to understand how toddlers and young children learn about the world around them, how they make decisions based on what they look at and how their brain processes that information.Anastasia Kerr-German, Ph.D.2-8East Campus;Virtual1
Memory Strategies in Young Children https://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/memory-strategies-young-childrenMemory Strategies in Young Children The purpose of this study is to learn about the strategies children use to remember and which strategies work best at different ages.Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D.4-7East Campus1
Modulation of Spontaneous Cortical Activity by tDCS: BRAIN Initiative Ihttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/modulation-spontaneous-cortical-activityModulation of Spontaneous Cortical Activity by tDCS: BRAIN Initiative IThe purpose of this study is to measure the effects of aging on brain activity and to use a therapeutic technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).Tony Wilson, Ph.D.19-35, 55-72West Campus1
Neuromagnetic Signatures of Down Syndromehttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/neuro-signaturesNeuromagnetic Signatures of Down SyndromeThe purpose of this study is to examine how adults with Down syndrome age. Max J. Kurz, Ph.D.19-45West Campus1
Project Include Study – Advancing Hearing Healthcare and Outcomes for Individuals with Down Syndrome Across the Lifespanhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/advancing-hearing-healthcare-and-outcomes-for-individuals-with-down-syndrome-across-the-lifespanProject Include Study – Advancing Hearing Healthcare and Outcomes for Individuals with Down Syndrome Across the LifespanWe are currently conducting research to understand how speech, language and hearing develops across the lifespan. You can read more at Project Include StudyLori Leibold, Ph.D.5 - 65East Campus1
Puberty and Emotion Regulationhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/puberty-emotion-regulationPuberty and Emotion RegulationThe purpose of this study is to examine how changes related to puberty, including hormonal changes, affect how the brain regulates emotions in healthy children as well as children who struggle with emotional and behavioral issues.Stuart White, Ph.D.9-18West Campus1
Speech Recognition in Individuals with Cochlear Implantshttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/speech-recognition-cochlear-implantsSpeech Recognition in Individuals with Cochlear ImplantsThe purpose of this study is to identify the auditory and cognitive factors that determine speech understanding ability in individuals with cochlear implants. Adam Bosen, Ph.D.19-80East Campus;Virtual1
Testosterone and PTSDhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/testosterone-ptsdTestosterone and PTSDThe purpose of this study is to examine how testosterone alters how the brain regulates emotions in children who have experienced a traumatic event.Stuart White, Ph.D.14-17West Campus1
Understanding Complaints of Hearing Losshttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/understanding-complaints-hearing-lossUnderstanding Complaints of Hearing LossThe purpose of this study is to help us understand hearing loss and develop new tests for hearing. 19-55East Campus1
Visual Sequence Memory in Children with Cochlear Implantshttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/visual-sequence-memoryVisual Sequence Memory in Children with Cochlear ImplantsThe purpose of this study is to understand how early experiences with listening may relate to later skills that support reading and memory.Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D.7-15East Campus1
Word Learning and Retention by Children with and without Developmental Language Disorderhttps://tsthospital.boystown.org/research/participate/word-learning-retentionWord Learning and Retention by Children with and without Developmental Language DisorderThe purpose of this study is to identify teaching strategies that help children learn and remember school-based vocabulary.Katherine R. Gordon, Ph.D.4-10Virtual1