Expecting or new mothers are invited to be in a research study with their infants

UVA Tracking #
HSR200237
Principal Investigator
Jessica Connelly
Contact
Kathleen Krol
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Official Trial Title
The Nature & Nurture Study
Study Description

The Department of Psychology seeks expecting or new mothers of healthy infants aged 5-31 days for a research study. The purpose of the study is to learn how early language exposure and touch may be related to biological changes in mothers and their infants.

Study involves wearing arm and ankle-bands to passively track proximity and vocalizations between mother-infant pairs in their own home, providing weekly saliva samples for DNA analyses, and may involve reading sessions. This is a longitudinal study lasting 20 weeks. All procedures will be conducted by the mother in her own home.

Study-related genetic testing provided at no cost.

Compensation

$150 or $300 depending on group assignment.

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Visitor Guidelines

Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

  • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
  • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

  • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
  • Two visitors can be designated
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions

Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

When you can't visit in person, you can still: