New Research Study on Prenatal Opioid Exposure and Child Behavior

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Humphreys, Ph.D.


Are you interested in helping researchers better understand the effects of exposure to opioids prior to birth on children’s behavior and functioning? Opioids include some types of pain medication (for example, OxyContin, fentanyl, methadone), and substances like heroin.

The SEA Lab at Vanderbilt University is recruiting children age 3 to 5 years old and their primary caregiver to volunteer for a paid research study. We are recruiting children with and without opioid exposure during gestation, including those diagnosed with NOWS or NAS. Eligible participants will receive up to $100 in compensation.

Parents will be asked to complete interviews and questionnaires, and their child will be asked to complete computer tasks and assessments of their memory, learning, and behavior. This study takes place in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.

We will schedule visits around your availability (daytime, evenings, or weekends are all fine).

To be eligible for this study, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be the parent/legal guardian of a child between the ages of 3-5
  • read and speak English
  • have no immediate plans to leave the Greater Nashville Area

You and your child’s performance in all study related activities, including requests for information, will be kept completely confidential.


Fill out our online interest form by clicking here.

Visit our website at, or give us a call at 615-343-4471 to speak with the study contact.

Participant Criteria

Parent/legal guardian of a child between the ages of 3-5


Eligible participants will receive up to $100 in compensation


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Last Updated: Monday, March 9, 2020

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