Children's Research Lab
- Scope of Our Research
We are actively recruiting parents and children 4 months to 11 years of age for participation in ongoing studies at the Children’s Research Laboratory. Parking, childcare, and flexible scheduling are provided.
The Children’s Research Laboratory (CRL) was founded in January 1982 to facilitate training and research on a wide variety of topics relating to infant and child development. We are located in the Seay Psychology building at the corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway on the University of Texas campus.
Approximately 7 faculty members and 20 graduate students currently conduct research at the CRL. While most are affiliated with the Department of Psychology, research assistance also has been provided to faculty from the Linguistics Department, the Department of Human Ecology, and the College of Education. Our current facility includes a waiting room for parents, numerous laboratory suites, offices for faculty and graduate researchers, a student lounge, and a developmental psychology library. Space is also available for visiting faculty and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, the CRL provides invaluable training to approximately 150 undergraduate students per year. Their close work with both graduate students and faculty on specific research projetcts prepares them for graduate work toward advanced degrees or other careers involving children.
Our research has examined a broad range of topics, including studies of infant vision and audition, the early development of cognitive and intellectual ability, the development of language, parent-infant interaction, social stereotypes by young children and adults, and the causes of parental abuse of children. Research projects at the CRL are funded primarily through federal and private foundation funds.
See Programs of Research for more information.
The CRL contacts as many as 5,000 families from the greater Austin community per year. Since 1982, at least 16,000 infants, children, and parents have participated in our research. All participants are volunteers from a variety of socio-ethnic groups. We have found that most parents really enjoy participating in our research at the CRL and find the research experience in itself to be interesting and informative. Many agree to participate in more than one study and often recommend the CRL to their friends or neighbors.
Convenient, free parking is located in front of our main doors.
Childcare in our large toy-filled lobby is provided for accompanying children.
Flexible scheduling opportunities are available.
Most of our studies are able to accommodate working parents by providing evening and weekend appointments. The majority of our studies involve parents bringing their children to our lab once per study for approximately 30 minutes. All of our child studies involve parents being with their children at all times. If parents are not with their children in the study room, then they are watching them through a two-way mirror in an adjoining room. We try to avoid contacting parents more than once every two months, but you may participate in our studies as often as your child is eligible, if you wish. As children become older, they are eligible less frequently.
Our current studies especially need children between the ages of 4 to 12 months. In our effort to continue to diversify our research, we also are actively recruiting Mexican-American and African-American families. We strive to accommodate speakers of languages other than English, but cannot always gurantee the availability of translators within our labs.
The voluntary, confidential, and beneficial nature of our research has been reviewed by the Texas Department of Health, allowing us use of parental contact information from the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Our studies are also approved as legitimate research studies by the UT Instituitional Review Board (IRB), which is mandated by the federal government.
After obtaining parental contact information from the Texas Department of Health, phone numbers are found using the online AT&T directory. Those wishing to be deleted from our contact lists may request deletion at any time. The CRL also supplements its research pool with referrals from family members, friends, and community organizations.
If you are interested in having you or your child participate in one of our studies, or have any questions, please contact our research coordinator, Nadia Sanchez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online form. We will contact you as soon as you or your child is eligible for one of our research studies.
Located within CRL is the Hakes Library, named for Professor David Hakes, a developmental psycholinguist and chair of the developmental psychology program, who died in 1983. The Hakes Library, supported entirely by private donations, provides up-to-date journals and books in developmental psychology for students at the CRL. Graduate seminars are held in the library and it is also the site of the developmental area’s seminar series in which speakers from UT and other communities across the country present their current research.
For a printable version of these directions, view our directions pdf file (625KB).
We are located on the north side of the UT campus in the Seay Psychology Building. Our address is:
108 E. Dean Keeton Street
The entrance to the Children's Research Lab is on the west side of Speedway, just north of Dean Keeton (formerly 26th Street). Parking is directly in front of the Children's Research Lab entrance. You will receive a parking permit upon your arrival at the lab. Directions to our location from Mopac (Loop 1) and I-35 can be found below.
Directions on S. Mopac (Loop 1) coming from the north
Take the 35th Street exit. Turn right on 35th Street and continue to Guadalupe. Turn right onto Guadalupe Street and continue to the stoplight at 27th Street and turn left. Continue to the stop sign at Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked CRL Parking or F87.
Directions on N. Mopac (Loop 1) coming from the south
Take the Windsor Road exit. Turn left onto Windsor Road. Windsor Road turns into 24th Street. Take 24th Street to Guadalupe Street and turn left. Continue to the stoplight at 27th street and turn right. Continue to the stop sign at Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked CRL Parking or F87.
Directions on I-35 S. coming from the north
Take Exit 235A University of Texas/MLK/15th Street. Turn right on MLK Blvd. Stay to the right. Immediately veer right onto Red River. Continue to the stoplight at Dean Keeton (formerly 26th Street) and turn left. Drive under the walkway overpass to the stoplight on Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked CRL Parking or F87.
Directions on I-35 N. coming from the south
Take Exit 235A University of Texas/MLK/15th Street. Take a left onto MLK Blvd. Immediately veer right onto Red River. Continue to the stoplight at Dean Keeton (formerly 26th Street) and turn left. Drive under the walkway overpass to the stoplight on Speedway and turn right. Park on the west side of Speedway in the spots marked CRL Parking or F87.