Current Social-Emotional Learning ProjectsThe research team at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center currently has four active research studies under way. All of our studies focus on children’s social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. In particular, we are interested in the assessment of social-emotional learning competencies, treatment of social-emotional learning challenges, and the mechanisms that underlie these skills. Our studies include both children with and without neurobehavioral diagnoses and often involve school-based partnerships. Please check our Publications page for updates on our findings.
A Web-Based Tool to Assess Social Cognition in ASDThis is a multi-site study funded by SFARI (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) that aims to demonstrate the utility of SELweb, a web-based social-emotional comprehension assessment, for use by children who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and between 6-10 years old. Please click on SELweb in Children with ASD for more information.
Exploring relationships between SELweb and early neural processing of social-emotional informationThis study is funded by the Children's Foundation and involves measuring the relationship between brain processing of speech sounds, nonverbal emotion recognition, and other social-emotional comprehension skills in both typically-developing children and children with a range of clinical diagnoses (e.g., ASD, ADHD, reading disorders, language disorders) who are in grades K-3. Please click on SELweb and Early Neural Processing for more information.
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Virtual Environment for Social Information Processing Assessment Tool for upper elementary and middle school childrenVESIP is an easy to use, web-based direct assessment of children’s social information processing skills that utilizes an interactive and immersive simulation format. It is designed for children in grades 3-7 (approx. 8-12 years old). Through computer animation, a child assumes the role of a primary “self” avatar and interacts with other avatars. The program measures responses to five types of challenging social situations and across several assessment domains. VESIP requires minimal administrator expertise and no reading skills on the part of the child.
In addition to our lab-based studies, RNBC will be entering into the second year of an IES-funded research study (R305A150189) to validate and norm VESIP, a social reasoning assessment for children in third through seventh grades. For more information, click here.
Auditory brainstem response and social information processingThis study is funded by the Schweppe-Armour bequest at RUMC and involves measuring the relationship between brain processing of speech sounds, social language, and social reasoning skills in typically-developing children who are between 6-10 years old. Please click on ABR and SIP in Typically-Developing Children for more information.
If you wish to be contacted when future studies are opening, please fill out and submit this form and check back regularly. Thank you for your interest!