Volunteer for The Miriam Hospital’s Pediatric Eating Behaviors Study

The Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center is conducting a research study that examines emotional factors and brain functioning in relation to eating habits and/or weight status in children. The purpose of this study is to better understand the factors that may be involved in excess energy intake in children in order to improve weight loss interventions.  

We are currently recruiting volunteers who are:

  • Between 10 and 17 years old
  • Overweight
  • Able to read and understand English fluently
  • Not currently pregnant
  • Willing and able to undergo a 1-hour MRI scan

Study participation involves two clinic visits lasting two hours each.  The first study visit will be conducted at the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, and the second will be conducted at the MRI facility at the Brown University campus.

Participation will involve:

  • Height and weight measurements
  • A brief questionnaire
  • A semi-structured interview
  • An MRI scan, during which you will view a series of images

Participants will be compensated for their time at each visit and will be given the images of their brains from the MRI scan.

Participants cannot have serious medical conditions resulting in appetite or weight changes, currently be taking medications that affect appetite or weight, or have a current or past diagnosis of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.  

Interested participants should contact the study coordinator, Erin Jackson, by phone at 401-793-8962 or email at ejackson1@lifespan.org.

Learn more about the Center for Weight & Wellness