See our ongoing studies below. If you are interested in participating in research but are not sure what study might be best for you or if you would like to be updated when new studies are available, please contact us.
KIDS SLEEP AND FEELINGS STUDY
Does your child sometimes struggle with feeling sad, nervous, or angry? We are looking for families to participate in a research study on sleep in kids. We are looking for kids between the ages of 8-12.
Both a parent and a child will complete two in-person assessments in our lab on MSU's main campus that will include a brief interview, questionnaires, and play several games. During these games we will monitor your child's heart rate and ask them to wear a special cap that records their brain activity. Children will also be asked to wear a special wrist watch that measures sleep for one week and keep a "feelings diary", and to complete one night of sleep monitoring at home. Kids and a parent will answer questions again online about their feelings 6 and 12 months later.
Families will be reimbursed up to $175 for their time and will receive a detailed report on their child's mental health and sleep patterns. Kids will also have the opportunity to win small prizes during the study.
For more information, please contact Dr. Cara Palmer at or 406-994-3808.
POSITIVE EXPERIENCES AND SLEEP
We are currently conducting a study with MSU students examining sleep and positive daytime experiences such as mindfulness and self-compassion. Participants complete two in-lab visits, and complete one week of daily surveys, sleep monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, and saliva samples. Please email for more information.
SOCIOECOLOGICAL RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTORS FOR SLEEP IN RURAL YOUTH
We are currently recruiting families with teens ages 10-17 throughout rural Montana to learn more about the factors that promote or prevent healthy sleep.
There are two parts to the study. In the first part, teens and a parent will be asked to participate in a focus group to talk more about sleep in their community, and to complete a series of interviews. Families will be compensated $50 for their time.
In the second part of the study, teens and parents will complete interviews and questionnaires about their teen's mental health and sleep, and teens will undergo one week of sleep monitoring. Families will be compensated $120 for their time.
Families can participate in one or both parts of the study.
To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT SLEEP AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCES
We are currently conducting a study with MSU students that investigates daytime social experiences and sleep patterns. Participants spend a night in our comfortable apartment-style living space on MSU’s campus and complete a battery of lab-based tasks. Please email email@example.com for more information.
DAILY ADOLESCENT SLEEP AND EMOTION STUDY
The majority of teenagers experience chronic sleep loss, which has detrimental effects on psychological health and places many teens at risk for developing mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. This study examines how sleep impacts various types of emotion regulation skills using actigraphy, ecological momentary assessment, and various lab-based experimental tasks to understand these naturally occurring day-to-day associations between sleep and risk. This project is a collaboration with colleagues at the University of Houston and DeMontfort University in the UK.
SLEEP AND RISK AND RESILIENCE POST-TRAUMA
Along with colleagues at the University of Houston, Dr. Palmer is currently processing data from a NSF-funded research study (Award ID 1813574; PI: Palmer) to investigate longitudinal patterns between early childhood sleep patterns and later adjustment following exposure to Hurricane Harvey. This project focuses on pre-disaster sleep (subjective and objective sleep disturbances, sleep architecture patterns) in childhood as an individual biological factor that can either amplify or buffer against child maladjustment.
SLEEP AND EMOTIONAL REACTIVITY META-ANALYSIS
Dr. Palmer is leading a meta-analysis on the growing number of experimental studies that have been conducted on sleep and emotional experiences. More information can be found at our PROSPERO pre-registration (ID: CRD42016045754). If you have unpublished data that you think might be eligible for inclusion, please contact Dr. Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.