OUR PROJECTS

As the GARD Lab launches at the University of Maryland, College Park, we are focusing our efforts towards using existing population-based data sets to study youth socioemotional development. Importantly, we use datasets that explicitly include individuals and families that are underrepresented in neurobiological research. Check out some of the studies we are using below and the collaborators who make this work possible!

Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study

The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study is a population-based sample of nearly 12,000 9 – 10 year-olds who will be followed into young adulthood. Families from all over the United States are participating in this study to help us understand how the brain develops over time and how the social and physical environment shape child health. The ABCD Study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health! 

Link: https://abcdstudy.org/ 

Study of Adolescent Neurodevelopment

The Study of Adolescent Neurodevelopment is a population-based sample of 237 adolescent youth from Detroit, Toledo, and Chicago. Families are part of a larger study of 4,898 children born between 1998 and 2000 and followed since the children were born. At the University of Michigan, families were invited to participate in an MRI scan, share their experiences with us, and play computer games. We are excited to follow their development as they transition into adulthood!

Links: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mindlab/families-and-participants/adolescent-wellbeing-and-brain-development-study/

https://fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/

Collaborators: Luke Hyde, Christopher Monk, Colter Mitchell, Nestor Lopez-Duran, Erin Ware, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; Sarah McLanahan, Daniel Notterman, Princeton University; Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Columbia University

Michigan Twins and Neurogenetics Study

The Michigan Twins and Neurogenetics Study (MTwiNS) is a population-based sample of twin pairs in southeast Michigan. Twins are cool! Identical twins share 100% of their genes and fraternal twins (just like full siblings) share 50% of their genes. That means that we can compare similarities and differences across identical and fraternal twins to figure out the environmental and genetic contributions to developmental outcomes.

Link: https://msutwinstudies.com/

Collaborators: S. Alexandra Burt, Michigan State University; Luke Hyde, University of Michigan Ann Arbor