Involve Your Child in Research on Reading

The Center for the Study of Learning is conducting a research project supported by the National Institutes of Health and by the National Science Foundation. If your child does not struggle with learning, he/she might be able to participate in the program.

The Program is Currently Recruiting

Contact Melanie Lozano for more information and to find out if your child potentially meets study criteria.

202-687-8265 or


  • Children must be brought to Georgetown University by a parent for pencil and paper testing and non-invasive MRI brain scans.


  • Your family will make a valuable contribution to research.
  • Children who are enrolled in the study will receive a professional assessment of their reading and math skills and will be provided with gifts, gift cards, and pictures of their brain for their participation.


  • The testing and non-invasive MRI brain scans take place at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C.
  • Testing is scheduled at your convenience.

Can your child participate?

  • To determine eligibility, we will (i) conduct a phone call to obtain information on your child’s medical history and (ii) test your child at Georgetown University on reading, math, and IQ.
  • Eligibility is based on several factors, including:
      1. aged between 8 and 12 years
      2. no metal in body
      3. no history of neurological or psychiatric disease
      4. no learning disabilities

Research Study Schedule

  1. Preliminary phone screening
  2. Math and reading evaluation at Georgetown University
  3. Further psychoeducational evaluation at Georgetown University
  4. MRI scan at Georgetown University

Getting to Georgetown

See our Directions page.

Compensation and Reimbursement

  • Your child will receive a small gift and a gift card at every testing session at Georgetown University.
  • You will be provided with the results of your reading evaluation and related measures.
  • All travel to Georgetown University Medical Center from the DC metro area will be reimbursed.