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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.​

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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.

Language Learning and Communications Studies

  • Principal Investigator: Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D.

    This study is important because we often try to work or learn in noisy environments. Noises that are distracting to children often do not bother adults, so we might not think to lower noises when children are around. Understanding how our brains respond to these noises across development will help adults make better decisions about when to lower background noises to help their children learn.

    We are trying to understand the brain networks that help us pay attention to sound. Participation will include brain imaging via fNIRS and a battery of tasks in which we will ask you to pay attention to and remember either spoken words and sentences, or videos. fNIRs is a safe and noninvasive means of examining brain activity by measuring blood flow in the brain.

    Recruiting needs:

    We are currently recruiting young, English-speaking adults ages 19 to 29 to participate. Eligible participants will receive $15 for about an hour of their time. If interested in participating, complete our online contact form.

    For more information, please contact Angela AuBuchon at (531) 355-6380 or email  ​

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​​