Research Projects

Ready, Set, Snooz!

Ready, Set, Snooz!

A Web-based Intervention Program for Children with Sleep Problems

With our research partners at Virtually Better Inc., we are developing a new, interactive, on-line treatment program for children (ages 7 to 11 years) with behavioral sleep problems. This 3 week program, called Ready, Set, Snooz! is conducted at home on a personal computer and aims to teach children and parents how to manage and overcome these problems. To participate in a pilot study of Ready, Set Snooz! or to learn more please contact Jennifer Cowie at (713) 743-4134 or at jmcowie@uh.edu.

Military Families Study

This multi-site study is funded by the Department of Defense’s U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. This project is being conducted at the University of Houston, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Hawaii and is aimed at understanding the effects of deployment on children (ages 7 to 17 years). We are actively recruiting 4 groups of families to participate including:

  • Military families with a deployed parent
  • Military families without a deployed parent
  • Civilian families with parents who are divorced or separated
  • Civilian families with two parents in the home

Participating families will be compensated $100 for their time. To learn more please contact Hira Hussain at UH.MilitaryFamilyStudy@gmail.com.

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 Jessica Balderas at (713) 743-4134 or email us at UH.MilitaryFamilyStudy@gmail.com.

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 cara.palmer@times.uh.edu.