Research Projects

LAExCELS - The Los Angeles Exploring Children’s Early Learning Settings

The Los Angeles Exploring Children’s Early Learning Settings (LAExCELS) study documents the experiences of 3-to– 5-year-old children from low-income families in Los Angeles County, California in three types of child care settings—public center-based programs such as Head Start (Public); private center-based programs including church based programs (Private); and licensed family child care programs (Family)—and assesses the impacts of these programs on children’s cognitive and social-emotional development while taking into account program revenue and costs. The study is funded by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD046063-01; Carollee Howes). Currently, we are examining associations between children’s learning environment and program financial investments.

DaPPP- Depression and Pain in the Postpartum Period

The DaPPP study seeks to understand how postpartum women with and without depression process pain. The DaPPP study recruits women who are between the ages of 18-45 and have given birth within the last six months. The study consists of one to two laboratory visits. In the first visit, women complete an interview session and if eligible, women advance to the second lab visit that includes the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and a cold-pain task. For more information, please contact or 217-244-9363.

RADD Moms- Rating Associated with Diabetes and Depression among Prenatal Mothers

The RADD Moms study is a multisite diabetes, prenatal depression, and disease management study that explores the association between diabetes education and patients perceived self-efficacy. Recruitment for the study occurs at Arrowhead Medical Center in California and at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (OB/GYN) clinics. Women are recruited at 27 gestational weeks and complete interviews and a glucose check.

VetCareRest- Veteran Caregiver Reducing Stress Time

The VetCareRest study explored the feasibility and effectiveness of a Mindfulness-based intervention with caregivers of veterans. Participants were randomly assigning to a treatment or waitlist control group. The intervention consisted of an 8-week program of 2 hours per week and two-in person interviews. Participant perceived