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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 dgarrast@nd.edu 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 braveyoungfamilies@gmail.com.

The Notre Dame Families and Babies Study

The Notre Dame Families and Babies Study (ND-FABS) is a longitudinal preventive-intervention study funded by the National Institute of Health.  It provides brief educational programs for families that have recently welcomed a new baby.  Families who participate will have opportunities to learn about communication between parents and sensitivity toward infants, and how those things can impact the relationships between fathers and mothers and their infant child. The primary goal of this study is to determine how best to support infants’ socioemotional development by promoting constructive and sensitive interactions in families.

The Notre Dame Family and Babies Study is actively recruiting participants in South Bend and Fort Wayne, IN and the surrounding areas.  Eligible participants are married or cohabiting parents of a child who is younger than 7 months old.  Participating families will be asked to visit one of our centers (in South Bend or Fort Wayne) four times over the course of the year, and would receive program information, including weekly phone calls and/or home visits, over the course of eight weeks. Families could earn up to $230 for their participation over the course of one year and free child care is provided during each visit.

To participate in South Bend, please call 574-631-0950 or email us at ndfabs@nd.edu for more information.

To participate in Fort Wayne, please call 574-631-0956 or email us at ndfabsfw@nd.edu for more information.

The Notre Dame SPARC Project: Supporting Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Communication

The Notre Dame SPARC Project is a program designed to support effective communication and strengthen relationships in families that include a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD).  In particular, the SPARC project is geared toward supporting parents and typically developing adolescent siblings of individuals with IDD by promoting effective communication and conflict resolution between couples and also between parents and their typically developing children.  The goal of the study is to evaluate how best to support parents and typically developing siblings of individuals with IDD by improving communication and strengthening family relationships.

The Notre Dame SPARC Project is actively recruiting participants in South Bend and Fort Wayne, IN and the surrounding areas.  Eligible participants are families that include fathers and mothers who are married or living together in the same home with a typically developing child between the ages of 11 and 17 years old, and a child of any age who has been diagnosed with any type of intellectual or developmental disability.  Participating families will be invited to visit one of our centers (in South Bend or Fort Wayne) several times over the course of one year.  Families could earn up to $310 for their participation over the course of one year, and free childcare is provided at all visits by team members who are trained to work with individuals with IDD.

Interested families can call Jessica at 574-631-6009 or email us at ndsparc@nd.edu (for South Bend) and sparcfw@nd.edu (for Fort Wayne) for more information.