Be A Participant

Thank you for your interest in our research program.

We are currently recruiting participants between the age of 8 and 26, with or without a clinical disorder.

Steps to Participate in Research

  • Review our ongoing research studies (listed below) to determine if you think your child may be a good fit.
  • Contact our research coordinator by email () or by phone (443-287-7157) indicating that you are interested.
  • Our research coordinator will contact you to set up a time to complete an initial phone intake. This will help us to learn more about you and your child and establish if the study will be a good fit for you.
  • The initial intake phone call may take up to 20 minutes. If you are under the age of 18, please have a parent or legal guardian complete the intake phone call.
  • If you are eligible and agree to participate in a research study, you will be asked to visit our lab multiple times over the course of a few days/weeks. The amount of time spent at the lab will be dependent on the study in which you have agreed to partake.

Privacy and Confidentiality

The information you share with us will NOT be provided to anyone (including your insurance/ health care provider) without you formally submitting a written request that we do so.

We strictly follow the data collection and storage policy as outlined by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in order to protect your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you provide.

Ongoing Research Studies

Study 1: Tourette’s and Tic Disorders

  • The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals with Tourette’s and tic disorders learn differently compared to individuals without any psychiatric conditions. We are also interested to find out whether these learning processes are related to improvement from behavior therapy.
  • If eligible, participation may total 15 hours across 7 visits. This includes four free 2-hour sessions of evidence-based behavior therapy.

Study 2: Tourette’s and Tic Disorders

  • The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of combining medicine with behavior therapy to enhance learning during treatment for youths with Tourette’s and Tic Disorders.
  • If eligible, participation may total 21 hours across 7 visits. This includes four free 2-hour sessions of evidence-based behavior therapy.

Study 3: Anorexia Nervosa

  • The purpose of this study is to find out whether individuals with Anorexia Nervosa learn differently compared to individuals without any psychiatric concerns.
  • If eligible, participation may total 4 hours across 2 visits.

Study 4: Phobias

  • The purpose of this study is to examine the tolerability, efficacy, and acceptability of using immersive VR exposures to treat children and adolescents with specific phobias.
  • If eligible, participation may total 16 hours across 4 visits. This includes one free 3-hour sessions of evidence-based exposure therapy.

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