BRAVE Research Center (formerly known as BRAVE Youth Lab): photo of youth in red cape and mask striking 'Super Woman" pose

What to Expect

Wisconsin Families and COVID-19 Study

Study participation entails caregivers completing a set of surveys that may take up to one hour to complete. Your adolescent may choose to also participate, however this is completely optional. In this scenario, your child will complete their set of surveys only after you have completed your surveys. Finally, we will ask that you (and your adolescent, if applicable) complete a similar set of surveys one month and six months later.

For more information:

Download the COVID-19 and Wisconsin Flyer

Download our additional information sheet about what to expect

Emotional Development Study

You and your caregiver will take part in a structured clinical interview assessing mental health symptoms and trauma history. You and your caregiver will also complete questionnaires assessing mental health symptoms and health history. You (the child) will be scanned in an MRI and provide saliva, hair, and urine. We will also send you home with a kit to collect your feces. You and your caregiver will also complete some tasks on a computer while we measure your body’s reactions. These study activities are repeated every year for three years.

For more information:
Download the Emotional Development Study Visit Guide

Parent-Child Learning Study  

First, you and your caregiver will take part in a structured clinical interview that assesses mental health symptoms and trauma history. You and your caregiver will also complete questionnaires addressing similar topics and general medical history. You and your caregiver will complete a three-day learning task, during which you may feel a mild stimulation. You (the child) will complete the task while in the MRI scanner, while the caregiver will complete the task on a computer while we measure body reactions. You (the child) will also provide saliva, hair, and urine samples. At the final visit, you both will complete additional computer and cognitive tasks, some of which you will work together on. Approximately 6 months later, we will ask you to complete a number of additional online survey questionnaires.