The Child Development Research Registry (CDRR) links families with researchers who are conducting projects on child development at UNC. Parents in the
Triangle region of North Carolina (Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, and Alamance counties) are invited to enroll their babies and typically developing
children in this registry.
What Kinds of Research Projects Are Available?
Research projects at UNC vary: participation might involve a telephone interview, completing questionnaires, a visit to your home, or travel to a child
development research laboratory in or near Chapel Hill. Interviews and questionnaires could address aspects of your child's personality, health, and
What might my child do while in a study?
Study or laboratory visits usually involve enjoyable activities like having your child looking at pictures, solve simple problems, or play with toys or
other children. Parents are always provided with a full description of each study's purpose and participation requirements and the benefit or
compensation (if offered). When the study is complete, parents are provided with a summary of the findings.
What happens when the study is finished?
The data that we gather allow us to answer important questions about early development. These data will be used for research purposes only and will
never identify you or your child. Our findings have been published in journals and the popular press and have had an impact on theories of child
development, the advice that professionals offer parents, and public policy affecting children. The success of this work depends upon your
willingness to participate.
How do we get involved?
If you are willing to join our Registry, please complete and submit the web-form below. Your information will be kept on file, and a researcher
will call you if your child(ren) is(are) the appropriate age for a study.
What are our rights as Registry participants? How will you protect our privacy?
Parents are not obligated to enroll in any of our studies and may withdraw from the Registry at any time. This will not affect your participation in
any UNC-affiliated program or services. If you would like more information, you can also call the Research Registry office on our toll-free line:
All research on human volunteers is reviewed by a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare. If you have questions or concerns
about your rights as a research participant, you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Institutional Review Board at 919-966-3113 or by email at
Research is an important part of the mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thank you for considering supporting our efforts by
joining the Child Development Research Registry. With your help, we can continue our efforts to understand the world of the child and develop
interventions to help children prosper.
Who should we contact if we have questions about the CDRR?
Renee Clark, Registry Manager
Toll-free phone (866) 744-7879
CDRR Electronic Enrollment Form
There are two ways to join the Child Development Registry:
- On-line with CDRR Electronic Enrollment; or
- By printing and mailing the enrollment form
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If you have other children, you may enroll them also.
How did you hear about the Registry?
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