Clinical Research

Clinical Research
The focus of our clinical research team is to make available to our patients who may have a neurodevelopmental or behavioral condition new or most current medical treatments.

What is Clinical Research?
Clinical research (Clinical Trial) is a research study with human volunteers to try and answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people. For more information on clinical research, click here.

Who Should Participate?

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. If you are interested in a particular research study you should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the doctors and nurses involved in the trial explain the details of the study during a process called "Informed Consent". This gives you the opportunity to make the decision that is right for you.  All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Study specific criteria are used to identfy appropriate participants and keep them safe. Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must qualify for the study. A participant may withdraw from the trial at any time.

Participants in clinical research can explore options for their health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

Current Projects


A study for children who have signs of autism between the ages of 3 and 8 years old.  Please click here to see more information.

Alcohol Exposure and ADHD

ADHD and Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. This is a project for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years with prenatal alcohol exposure with signs or symptoms of ADHD. He or she may also have difficulty in learning. This is a 1.5 year study with all medication and assessments at no charge with travel reimbursement.For more information regarding this project, please follow this link.

Learn More about ADHD

Children with ADHD may: find it difficult to pay attention  have difficulty following through on instructions  have problems finishing tasks  thing before acting  find it hard to stay seated  have difficulty waiting his/her turn  find playing quietly a challenge.
Please click here to see more information.




Clinical Research Team

Thomas M. Lock, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Director, Child Study Center
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Pediatrician
Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrician


Mark L. Wolraich, MD
CMRI/Shaun Walters Professor
Clinical Director, Child Study Center
Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrician


Laura J. McGuinn, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, OK-KIDS
Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship Program
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Pediatrician
Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrician


Darleene A. Harris, MEd, LPC
Psychological Clinician
Licensed Professional Counselor
Educational Diagnostician


Chuck Edgington, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Health Service Psychologist


David Bard, PhD
Assistant Professor
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Child Study Center and Center on Child Abuse and Neglect
Qualitative Psychologist


Brenda Schlinke, RN
Research Programs Coordinator


Lora Tusing, BS, RN
Research Programs Coordinator


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