Physician-Scientists who have children with special needs are wanted for a research study

The Department of Psychiatry is currently recruiting participants for a research study that seeks to understand the impacts and needs of working physician scientists who are parents of children with disabilities, especially children transitioning out of early intervention services into school-based services through the public school system.

In this study, participants will be asked to participate in a focus group with 4-7 other physician scientist parents to talk about experiences during their child’s transition from Early Intervention to School-based services.

Participants will also be asked to complete questionnaires. The focus group discussion will be audio-recorded, but privacy will be protected by via the use of aliases.

The focus group will last approximately 90 minutes in total, and will be scheduled at a time and place convenient to participants. The questionnaires will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  

Participants will receive a $25 gift card and mileage reimbursement for participating, and a meal will be served at the focus group.  
Requirements for participation:
•    You must be fluent in English.
•    You must be at least 18 years of age.
•    You must be a physician scientist parent of a child with a disability/special need.
•    You must have experienced the transition from Early Intervention to School-based services within the past two years (between January 2017 and present).
•    You must be willing to participate in both the focus group and complete the questionnaires.

If you wish to participate, please complete the enrollment form at: or contact Hafsah at or (919) 972-7479.

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