Open Research Calls
1. Are you a parent or caregiver?
A research team at UCD are inviting parents/caregivers of children/adolescents (4-18 years) to participate in a research study and complete questionnaires about how they are coping during the Covid-19 crisis.
We want to know how you are coping during the Covid-19 crisis.
Participants who complete Questionnaires at all 3 time points will be entered into a prize draw for one of three 50-euro One4All Vouchers!
For more information or any questions, contact Anna Berry, Trainee Clinical Psychologist:
Email: [email protected]
2. POSTPONED due to COVID-19 – new dates will be announced in the near future.
Are you a parent or carer of a child with a diagnosis of ADHD living in South Dublin or in Co Laois?
If so, we would like to invite you to participate in an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, as part of a research study.
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.
Previous research has found mindfulness to
• reduce stress
• increase wellbeing
• improve parent-child relationships
The course (free of charge) will take place for 2 hours a week, with one day’s retreat between week 7 & 8.
We will have a course taking place in Dublin at Lucena Clinic, Rathgar, Dublin 6 and another taking place in Portlaoise.
The courses will commence in either February/March or April/May – exact dates to be confirmed (depending on which group you are recruited into), from 7-9pm.
3. Babies from families with ADHD wanted for project at UCD Babylab
Looking for an alternative family day out and a way to help ADHD research?
UCD Babylab would like to invite you and your child (under 20 months) to play games that look at attention development and your child’s sleep patterns with a researcher from the UCD School of Psychology. They are looking for young children who have a parent with a diagnosis of ADHD or an older brother/sister who has a diagnosis of ADHD. The visit takes less than 90 minutes and involves playing with toys, watching a cartoon using an eye-tracker, and listening to some sounds while they record brainwaves. They also give you an ankle bracelet for your baby to wear at nighttime that measures activity during sleep.
Why are they doing this research?
The main aim of the study is to investigate the influence of early sleep behaviour and family factors on attention development in young children at a higher likelihood of ADHD diagnosis due to having a parent or a sibling who already have a diagnosis of ADHD. Having a sibling or parent with ADHD doesn’t mean that a younger sibling will develop this disorder but it may mean that they are at a greater likelihood than a child with no diagnoses in their immediate family. It is hoped that the findings of this project will help to develop better ways in the future to support more susceptible children from an earlier developmental stage. This research is an early step towards learning more about how attention develops in young children so that studies in the future can use this information to design new approaches to reduce the impact of ADHD symptoms earlier in development. None of the tasks used are for making a diagnosis-instead they are collecting information from many families in order to investigate potential patterns that could direct further investigations. A second aim of the research is to investigate early development to gain a better understanding of how attention develops at this early stage.
Neuropsychological tasks can be a fun and enjoyable experience for children but there is always a chance that your child may get bored or restless. Participation can be stopped at any point, for example if a child becomes distressed or sleepy. All of the research equipment used in this project is safe and non-invasive. The potentially unfamiliar measures they are using, such as actigraphy, eye-tracking equipment, and event related potential measures, are widely used in developmental psychology research and the UCD research ethics committee has approved this research.
How do I take part?
If you have any questions or would like to take part, please GET IN TOUCH with Sarah Conroy at [email protected]ucd.ie or leave a voicemail for Dr Michelle Downes on 017168410.
Find out more about our lab at www.ucdbabylab.com . Slots are available all week long every week- we run sessions from Monday-Saturday to suit your schedule! P.S. Siblings are also welcome; there are plenty of games to keep entertained!