Current Studies


The Brains in Growth-Emotions Study (the BIG-Emotions Study) is a collaboration between the TEND Lab at San Diego State University and Dr. Lea Dougherty’s Lab at the University of Maryland. In this study, our aim is to understand emotions in young children and how they relate to the brain using fMRI, parent-child interaction tasks, and neuropsychological assessments, including traditional questionnaires and iPad “games”.  Additionally, participants will return for a follow-up two years after the initial visit. This will allow us to understand how emotions and the brain change over time. To inquire about this study, please call (619) 878-3553 or email