Current Research Projects

Child and Adolescent Social-Emotional Development Study


We invite families of children ages 4-15 to participate in a Virginia Tech research study (IRB # 19-834) focused on how parents can help foster more positive development of social and emotional competencies as children grow. This study includes 2 annual visits in which families will complete questionnaires about emotional, social, and behavioral health; participate in play tasks; and complete weekly ratings for a two week period. Please contact the CALMER lab if you are interested in learning more about the study or in participating (; 540-231-8511).

The RELAX Intervention

We are currently finished recruiting for  the telehealth RELAX intervention pilot study for middle schoolers with ADHD (IRB # 20-013). We have applied for additional funding to continue to provide this opportunity for families and hope to run more groups in winter 2022. If you would like to be contacted when we begin recruitment, please email us at


The RELAX intervention consists of 8 weekly 90 minute groups for parents and adolescents. With a review session 1 month and 6 months after the groups are completed. Families will complete ratings on emotional, social, behavioral, and academic functioning before and after the RELAX groups and at follow-up. 

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Recently Completed Studies

Teleworking in a Highly Chaotic Home: Implications for the Transition Back to Work and School

Working with Dr. Charles Calderwood and the Work Stress and Recovery Lab, this study sought to better understand how living through the COVID-19 pandemic may affect work, family, parent, and child functioning. Parents completed rating scales about spring 2020 stay-at-home orders and rating scales during fall 2020 after the transition back to hybrid schooling and in person work for many parents. Additionally, they provided daily ratings on weekdays over a 2 week period so we could better assess daily interactions between parent, work, and child functioning.