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​​​​​​​​​​​For 40 years, Boys Town National Research Hospital has been translating research into premier clinical care. Our studies in neurobehavioral, hearing and language development are changing the way America cares for children, famili​es and communities.

Now we need you! Our research teams are looking for participants for current research studies. All participants will be compensated f​or their time.

Please note that your health and safety is our top priority. Boys Town National Research Hospital has suspended in-person research studies until the current COVID-19 health crisis has resolved. We are excited to announce that Boys Town researchers are conducting some studies ​that can be done from your home. Information on those studies can be found below. You are also welcome to enroll in our database so that your information will be available to researchers when in-person research studies resume. Thank you for your generosity with your time.

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​​Current Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All of these studies have been approved by the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Institutional Review Board. These studies are currently enrolling participants. The following studies require in-person participation.​

Neurobehavioral Studies

  • We are currently seeking children and adolescents age 14-17 who have experienced a traumatic event to participate in research studies. The study may include questionnaires, brain imaging, providing saliva samples and playing computer games. Participants will be compensated for time up to $50 per visit. More information about this study.

Hearing Studies

  • Principal Investigator: Kayla Lalonde, Ph.D.

    The purpose of this study is to learn how children use visual cues on a talker's face (i.e., "lip reading") to help understand speech in noisy backgrounds.

    You will complete vision, hearing, and language tests. You will listen to/watch speech in noise. Sometimes you will let us know when you hear the speech by pressing buttons. Sometimes we will record you repeating back words and sentences using a microphone. You will be compensated $15 per hour for participation.

    Recruiting needs:

    Children 5 to 15 years and adults 19 to 29 years of age are needed. Participants must have normal hearing and normal or corrected-to-normal vision. They must use English as their first language and have no speech or language impairment.

    For more information, please call (531) 355-6664 or email  ​

Hearing, Cochlear Implant, Balance, and Speech and Language Research laboratories are located at the Downtown Medical Campus of Boys Town National Research Hospital (555 N. 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131) and the adjacent Lied Learning and Technology Center (425 N. 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131). Neurobehavioral Research laboratories are located at the Boys Town National Headquarters building (14100 Crawford St, Boys Town, NE 68010​).

For additional information, please contact Mary Thomas, Recruitment and Quality Assurance Program Coordinator, Human Subjects Core, at (531) 355-6705 or​​