Research Projects

Adolescent Sleep Extension Study

In this study we are interested in how sleep impacts adolescents' use of technology (e.g., computers). We are looking for teens between the ages of 13-17 who do not have any serious medical, psychological or sleep problems. Adolescents will participate in two in-person sessions at UH and will wear a wrist watch that monitors sleep patterns at home over 12 nights. Participating families will receive a free sleep assessment and will be compensated with a $30 Target gift card for their time. To learn more please contact Katie Reynolds at 713-743-8985 or

Family Separation Study

The Family Separation Study (a.k.a. The Military Families Project) is a research study examining the effects of separation on children and families. We are seeking 3 types of families with children between age 7 and 17 to participate.

  • Civilian families experiencing temporary separation due to the normal course of parents' work (e.g., work travel)
  • Civilian families with recently divorced or separated parents
  • Military families with a deployed parent (or who anticipates deploying in the near future)

Participating families will be compensated $100 for their time. To learn more please contact Jennifer Fillo at (713) 743-8674 or For more information about this study, visit

Targeted Behavioral Therapy (TBT)

In this study, we are examining the effectiveness of a new, 16-week behavioral treatment for children ages 6 to 12 years with generalized anxiety, called Targeted Behavioral Therapy (TBT). Children will be randomized to TBT or a similar intervention. Treatment involves teaching children new skills for managing their anxiety and improving their sleep. To participate or learn more email us. Please use the name of the study you are interested in as the email subject line.

Risk and Resilience in Military Families

Repeated and extended wartime deployments pose significant stress to children and families. Although there is an increased awareness of the need to evaluate the mental health of soldiers, less attention has been paid to the effects of deployment on other family members. This study aims to understand the impact of military deployment on children and spouses/partners with the goal of informing effective prevention/intervention programs. Military families with one parent who has deployed previously as part of OIF/OEF and who have at least one child between the ages of 2 and 17 years are being recruited to participate. No in-person visits are required. To learn more please contact Hira Hussain at 713-743-4134 or

Impact of Sleep Loss on Emotion in Children

In this study, we are examining how sleep loss impacts children’s reactions to emotional events and how they can control those feelings. We are looking for children between the ages of 7-11 who experience normal symptoms of sadness and anxiety and who do not have any serious medical or sleep problems. Children will participate in several in-person sessions and two overnight sleep studies (one at home and one on University of Houston’s campus). Children will also sleep less than usual for two nights.

Participating families will receive a free psychological and sleep assessment, and will be compensated $150 for their time. To learn more please contact Cara Palmer at 713-743-3400 or

Post-Deployment Adjustment Study

Returning home after a deployment is both a happy and often stressful time for service members and their families. This may be particularly true for Reservists and National Guard, who are returning to their families and reintegrating into civilian life. The UH Post-Deployment Adjustment Study is an online research study examining deployment and reintegration adjustment among service members and their spouses. You and your spouse/partner may be eligible to participate if:

  1. at least one spouse/partner is serving in any branch of the U.S. Reserves or National Guard
  2. the service member returned home from a deployment within the past 6 months
  3. you have a child 18 years or younger living in your home.

Service members and their spouse/partner will each receive a code for a $15 online Amazon gift card for completing the online survey. To learn more, please contact Dr. Jennifer Fillo at 713-743-8674 or

Emotion and Sleep-based Risk during Human Space Flight

Psychological reactions pose serious risks to crew members and mission success during space flight. Long-duration exploration missions (e.g., Mars) will prolong exposure to a range of extreme stressors including confinement, sleep-wake dysfunction, lack of novel environmental stimuli, separation from family, and limited privacy. The primary goal of this NASA-funded study is to identify psychological symptoms most likely to occur in isolated, confined and extreme (ICE) environments and to estimate associated threat for mission-based performance.