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Parents and Teens Needed for Research Study


Researchers at the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital are looking parents and teens to join a study about parent-child relationships and family communication.


Who are we inviting to participate?

  • Teens between the ages of 14-18 and their parents


What is involved?

A 2-hour session at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to complete the following:

  1. Questionnaires related to health, stress, parent-child relationships, and social support

  2. Video-recorded parent-child activities and discussions*

  3. Hair sample collection to help us learn more about stress levels*


*Note: Heart rate monitors will be attached to participants to collect physiological data; all activities, including hair sampling are voluntary.

Earn up to $30 each in gift cards for participation! Valet parking will be covered. 


If you are interested in participating, please provide your phone number to Emily Zhang (Study Coordinator) at or (617) 750-4263.

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Meet the Team 

Cindy Liu, PhD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Liu is the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Lab (DRCR), and an Assistant Professor within the Departments of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As a clinical and developmental psychologist, Dr. Liu's research focuses on the measurement and mechanisms of psychosocial stress, cultural differences in socio-emotional development, and developmental and culturally based interventions that promote relationships in families. 

Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Co-Investigator

Dr. Chen is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. He also serves as Medical Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry and Co-Director of Primary Care Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Justin A. Chen delivers talks and training for families, clinicians, and educators throughout the U.S. on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations.  

Emily Zhang, MA, Research Coordinator

Ms. Zhang is the research coordinator for several community based studies within the DRCR lab. She is interested in culturally-sensitive and community-based research with children and families regarding mental health prevention, education, and interventions.

Finneas Wong, BA, Research Assistant 

Mr. Wong is the research assistant for several community based studies within the DRCR lab and has had extensive experience in studying individuals across the lifespan. His interests lies in  the development and revision of culturally-based mental health prevention, intervention, and psychoeducation.

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