Prospective Research

COVID-19 Update:

All in-person research activities at the CDL are suspended until further notice, per CDC recommendations:

ECE programs should limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, particularly in areas when there is moderate-to-high COVID-19 community transmission.

We will have limited capacity for observational research opportunities via our virtual observation booths.

We welcome faculty and students to conduct research at the Child Development Lab on a variety of topics, including child development and learning, family dynamics, education, childcare and other related areas. Through our various resources, we are able to support projects that are observational or participatory. We require that all research conducted at the CDL is approved by the IRB, CDL Faculty Director, CDL Executive Director, and Program Director. Upon completion of data collection at the CDL, researchers are expected to share results and information for dissemination to our families and staff.


To coordinate a research project, email

In your email, provide the following information:

  1. Research project title
  2. Names of research team members: Principal Investigator, Graduate Students, Research Assistants, etc.
    – Certificates indicating completion of CITI Human Subjects Protections (HSP) Training
  3. A description of the research project (protocol, study duration, etc.) and involvement of children/families
  4. Preferred dates and times to conduct research
    – Ideal hours for projects with children: 8:30am-10:30am and 2:30pm-4:30pm
  5. IRB approval documentation and consent form

Researchers will work with the CDL’s Teaching and Research Coordinator for recruitment and scheduling. During research visits, the Teaching and Research Coordinator will work with you to escort participants to your research space.