We need your help to better understand how children’s brains develop.

Our community-based research study is looking for the biological roots of childhood mental health and learning disorders. Together, we can help millions of struggling kids. Families with children and adolescents ages 5-21 — with and without psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders — are eligible to receive a no-cost, comprehensive evaluation through the Healthy Brain Network.  See what Healthy Brain Network participation involves.

Is your child currently too young for the Healthy Brain Network? Are you looking for more than just an evaluation? Our efforts to understand how children’s brains develop go beyond the Healthy Brain Network. Check out our other ongoing studies.



Each participating family will receive:

  • A comprehensive mental health and learning assessment, including evaluations of physical activity, cognition and mental health symptoms — at no cost. View the assessment list or see how our evaluation compares to a neuropsychological assessment to get a sense for how comprehensive it is.
  • A consultation with a licensed clinician, including a discussion of the results of the mental health and learning assessment — at no cost.
  • Local referrals through the HBN Referral Network and treatment recommendations, when appropriate.
  • A feedback report detailing results that can be used to inform treatment and classroom instruction (504 plan/IEP).
  • Up to $125 compensation for their time.




Typically, the first step to enrolling your child is to complete the online eligibility screener to see if they are a good fit for our evaluation. But right now, our entire team is focused on enrolling and evaluating the families on our waitlist. When we have helped those families get started, we will screen more families. If you complete our short contact form now, we will send you a link to the online form when we are ready to screen your family. If you’re still not sure participation is a good fit for your family, get detailed answers to frequent questions.

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