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The Notre Dame Study of Health and Well-being 

The Notre Dame Study of Health and Well-being is a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute of Aging. We are looking for adults aged 18-80 to participate. This study focuses on different aspects of health and well-being in adults. We are interested in learning about your physical health, your perceptions about life in general, and your thoughts, attitudes and feelings about different aspects of your life to help us understand how and why people age differently. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Project coordinator Diana Garrastegui at or (574) 631-2913, or visit our website

Dr. Cindy Bergman is the Primary Investigator of the Notre Dame Study of Health & Well-being and the Director of The Adult Development and Aging Lab.

BRAVE: Young Families Study 

In the BRAVE Young Families study, we would like to know more about the stressful events mothers sometimes face, including experiences of violence. Our goals are: (1) to learn how stressful life events affect women’s experience of pregnancy, (2) to learn from women how services might be improved to better address their needs, and (3) to consider how children may be affected by adverse experiences

In order to be eligible, participants must meet the following criteria:
• Currently pregnant 
• Must plan to be the primary caregiver of their child after birth

There are several study components. Participants receive $20 for an interview at the BRAVE Lab on Notre Dame’s campus. If women have other children, they are also complete surveys about their children and a video-recorded play session. Participants will receive $10 for each participating child and children will receive a toy.  Those who participate in the interview may also be eligible to participate in other parts of the study to take place at home, for which they will also be compensated. Free childcare is provided and we will help coordinate your transportation. For additional information, please contact Katie at Phone: (574) 631-3159 or