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.

Adolescent-Mother Storytelling and Adolescent Resilience

For this project, we are recruiting adolescents (12-to-14-years-old) and mothers to participate in a research project looking at mother-adolescent interactions during autobiographical storytelling, and ways young people and their mothers understand themselves and their families.


Beginning in February of 2019, families will be asked to visit the lab, located in McAlester Hall on the MU campus, at three time points over the course of nine months.

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 1.5 hours.

For each completed study session, families will be compensated $50 for their time.

If you are interested in possibly participating, please call (573) 882-9609 to learn more about the project and complete some screener questions. If you have questions, you can also reach out using our online contact form here.

If you are interested in participating and would like to complete the screener questions online, you can do so below. We are also glad to walk through the study information and screener items over the phone with you.

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.