Research Participation Opportunities University of Kansas Life Span Institute

Life Span Institute - Research Participation Opportunities


Posted 1-29-16

Survey of adults who are siblings of individuals with disabilities

The University of Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is looking for adults (18+) who have (or had) a sibling(s) with a disability to take a 15-20 minute survey about complex communication needs and siblings. Your responses may contribute to the development of an education program for children who have a sibling with a disability. Link to survey. Contact for more information.

Posted 1-29-16

Affect and Health Behavior

University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program is recruiting adolescents aged 13-18 for the Affect and Health Behavior Study which is about understanding mood, physical actvity and diet in adolescents throughout the day. Participation in the study would be over a 20-day period of time in which you will be asked to 1) answer questions on a smartphone 4 times a day and 2) wear a heart monitor and a wrist accelerometer daily from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. Partcipants will be paid $40 if you complete the study. Contact the Health Promotion Science and Technologies Lab at 785 864-1287.

Posted 1-29-16

Communication Complexity Scale

The Communication Complexity Scale (CCS), developed at the University of Kansas, is an assessment that focuses on individuals' abilities in communication who speak or sign very few words.

The CCS consists of activities set up as a time to play games and complete activities with the assessment staff. The staff tries to elicit different types of communication from the participant to assess his or her language, vocabulary and communication skills during these activities. The project is seeking both children and adults (ages 3-60) to participate in the assessment to help validate the CCS so it can be used worldwide.

Participation would include a one-time visit by a staff member with the participant at a school, home or another appropriate location. The participant’s primary caregiver would also complete a set of questionnaires in person or over the phone with a staff member. For helping the project improve the CCS, participants' caregivers will be offered a report on the types of communication the participant uses based on both the CCS and caregiver questionnaires. Participants will also be compensated $50.

Participants should be:

1. Individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, including autism
2. Individuals having 0-20 words (can be non-verbal)
3. Individuals able to use their hands and arms to complete activities
4. Individuals between the ages of 3-60
5. Individuals who use English as a first language


Contact: Julie Evnen, MSW, 785 864-1573

Posted 2/1/15

KAWSTORY (Kindergarten Children Acquiring Words through STORYbook Reading)

Does your child have trouble learning new words? We are looking for kindergarten children who have trouble learning or remembering new words. Our research program offers a treatment aimed at teaching new words to kindergarteners
through storybook reading.

Children should:

1. Be native English speakers
2. Have no neurological disability such as ADHD or autism
3. Display difficulty with language in areas such as telling stories, understanding basic directions and/or learning new words.

More at website:

Contact: Kelsey Flake, 785-864-4873


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