Participants Needed

Below is a list of the upcoming projects where we are in need of study volunteers. If you believe you would fit the criteria for participating and are interested in contributing to a project, please contact us and we would be glad to talk with you further.

How Teens and Moms Discuss Life Stories

The Positive Youth Development Lab at the University of Missouri is recruiting adolescents (12-to-16-years-old) and mothers to participate in a research project looking at mother-adolescent interactions during storytelling, and ways young people and their mothers make sense of their lives. We are recruiting families from the mid-Missouri area (ex. Boone and Cole counties). Families must speak and read English fluently to participate.

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Families will be asked to meet virtually via video teleconference program with a research assistant, then complete follow-up questionnaires at a second time point four months later. Families will complete joint storytelling about autobiographical experiences and questionnaires about different views of the self and the family. Each session is expected to last 1 hour.

For each completed study session, families will be compensated a $25 Amazon gift card for their time.

The primary investigator of this study is Mikayla Ell (

If you are interested in participating, we have a set of screener items we ask parents to first complete by phone or online. The online items are available below or at the link:

If you’re interested in our lab’s project, you might also be interested in a project from one of our peer labs recruiting similarly-aged youth:

Recruiting 8th-10th grade students for a study on friendships

The MU Peer Relations Lab of the Department of Psychological Sciences is inviting adolescents in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade to participate in a research study on friendships. To participate, adolescents will come to our lab with a same-gender close friend within one year of their age.  The friends will complete surveys and engage in several tasks together. Their physiological responses (e.g., heartrate) also will be measured. Lab sessions will last approximately 2 hours and can be scheduled at your convenience. Each adolescent will receive $20 for participating. Parents should contact Sarah Borowski (; 573-882-3717) to schedule a visit if their child is interested.