Measurement of Coping With Stress

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Principal Investigator: Bruce Compas, Ph.D.


The Measurement of Coping with Stress Study aims to better understand how kids cope with stress in the family. Kids will complete two computer tasks while completing a Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) scan (a non-invasive imaging technique that requires children to wear a cap while completing the computer tasks), and parents will complete surveys.

What is involved?

Interested families can fill out a survey online with your contact information and someone from the study team will contact you to schedule your appointment.

We will send you a link to online surveys that you can complete before or during your appointment. The visit will take 2-2.5 hours to complete, and there is compensation for your participation.

We will compensate you for completing the surveys and in-person appointment.

The parent and child between ages 9-15 will be asked to complete online surveys and come to our offices for a one-time visit that lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Contact Information:

If you think this study will be a good fit for you and your family you can take our survey: click here

Participant Criteria

Families with at least one child between the ages of 9 and 15 are eligible.



Visit Requirements

A one-time visit that lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours.


Download Brochure

Contact Information

Alex Bettis, M.S.
(615) 311-6613

Want to Participate in this Study?

Enter your name and contact information and this study's coordinators will contact you if there are openings available.

Your Name: (required)  
Your Email: (required)   
Your Phone Number: (not required)


To be notified when you are a possible match for a research study looking for participants, register with Vanderbilt's ResearchMatch at the link below.

Research Match is a free and safe national website that matches research volunteers with researchers looking for participants. Registries for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities are now available on ResearchMatch. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of age, or condition. Visit to learn more and to join today.