Research Opportunity for Children and Teens with Emory University

The Marcus Autism Center and Emory University is recruiting children and teens without developmental conditions for a brain imaging study to help us learn more about how the brain functions, especially when processing social information. The study will take place over 2-3 study visits, each lasting between 1-2 hours, at the Marcus Autism Center and our imaging center, which is located on the Emory Campus.

Participants will take part in:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Mock MRI training for kids under 12 years
  • Developmental and cognitive assessments
  • Questionnaires on you or your child’s development and behavior.

Participants will receive compensation of:

  • $15 per MRI training session
  • $50 per MRI scan visit
  • $50 for clinical assessment visit
  • A picture of your brain
  • Results of assessments (optional)

The information we learn from individuals without developmental conditions will help us to understand the characteristics associated with 3q29 syndromes, which are rare genetic disorders that are associated with increased risk for developmental disabilities including, autism, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. To be considered for the study, the participant would need to be demographically matched (in age, gender, race, and ethnicity) to earlier participants in the study. 

For more information, and to check eligibility, please contact our study team at or (404) 785-3932. For specific demographic match needs, you may scan the QR code with attached flyer.