When can families join in?
Any time! Feel free to contact us if you would like your child to be involved in one of our studies. If your child is not yet eligible for one of our studies but you would like to be contacted in the future, let us know!
What happens when I volunteer my information?
Your information will be stored in our secure database. If any of your children become eligible for one of our research projects, we will call and ask if you would like to participate. Eligibility is typically determined by age (i.e., most studies focus on specific age-groups, like infants or 8-10 year olds). You may be called soon after you provide your information or it may be a while before we call you.
Is my personal information secure?
Absolutely. At the CDRU we treat all of our volunteers’ information as strictly confidential. We do not provide our volunteers’ personal information to any organization – ever. Our participant lists are never released, so the CDRU staff are the only people who would ever know which studies you’ve participated in, or even that you have volunteered your information to us! All staff have passed police checks and receive training in preserving confidentiality.
What if I changed my mind and don’t want to participate?
Volunteering your information never requires you to participate. When we call to invite you to participate, you can always decline if you are not interested at that time. If you do decide to participate in any project, you may also choose to withdraw at any time if you change your mind about participating.
Also, if you decide that you would no longer like us to contact you about participating in our research, you can certainly request that we remove you from our database, and we will do so immediately.
I work during the day so I have limited availability. When do lab and home visits take place?
We are able to schedule lab and/or home visits during weekdays, evenings, and weekends, so we can always schedule visits when it is most convenient for you. We also offer sibling babysitting during visits so that you can bring another child with you and a research assistant will be here to play with them.