When to Wonder: Picky Eating

At the WonderLab, a digital health initiative of NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we build tools to help parents and caregivers make better-informed decisions about their children’s emotions and behaviors.

As a parent, you wonder about your child’s development. We wonder, too—about your child and all children. That’s why we built our digital platform called When to Wonder. When to Wonder gives you science-based advice to support your child’s development while collecting research data for our study.

We want to better understand the mental health of young children around the world. We focus on early childhood concerns like eating, anxiety, tantrums, and sleep. Challenges in these areas are common, yet many parents often wonder, "Should I worry about my child?"

About the App

Our first study is about picky eating. Lots of children are picky eaters. Lots of parents wonder about their children’s eating. If you're one of them, know that you're not alone.

When to Wonder: Picky Eating helps you see your child in a new way. Children learn through play, and find it easier to share thoughts and feelings when they’re having fun. So we created games to help them share their yums and yucks, and their feelings about food.

Parents like fun, too! When you play, you and your child can compare your points of view. You can also tell us more about eating, mealtimes, and concerns like anxiety and tantrums. The more we learn about your family, the more we can tailor feedback and strategies for you.

Our app supports families as it generates new knowledge about early childhood mental health and development. Your participation will help us expand our understanding of children everywhere, and pave the way for new, innovative approaches.

About the Study

Your child doesn’t have to be a picky eater for you to join this study.

To join the When to Wonder: Picky Eating study, you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • have a child 6 years or younger
  • be the parent or legal guardian of the child

In addition to suggestions on how to improve your child's picky eating, When to Wonder also asks questions about other areas of child mental health. We use your responses to these questions to tailor our exploration activities to you and your child.

Get Started

Download the When to Wonder: Picky Eating app from the App Store® or Google Play™ today and let’s explore, learn, and wonder together!

When you first start using When to Wonder, you complete a 5-minute onboarding process. This process requires you to answer a few basic questions and to review and sign a consent form for you and your child to participate in the study.

Once you’ve passed onboarding you can start playing! When you try our food sort and our video activities the app requests permission to access your smartphone or device’s microphone and camera.

  

What Happens to Your Data

NYU Langone Health is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your information. As a part of our consent process we ask for your permission to use and to disclose your information in connection with using When to Wonder and the Picky Eating app.

Read our privacy policy and research subject informed consent form for NYU Langone's When to Wonder platform and Picky Eating app.

WonderLab

At NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we’re embracing and expanding the future of digital innovation to benefit children with mental health concerns—and all who care for them. As a driving force of innovation within our department, WonderLab brings together leading experts in mental health, digital technology, and data science to develop tools that improve the lives of children and families with diverse needs.

WonderLab is a leader in bioethics and child mental health in the digital age, creating innovative tools that disseminate information and empower patients and their families. By offering a framework for interdisciplinary product and tool development in an academic department, WonderLab not only leads by example, but also actively shares its processes to enable others to achieve similar success.

What We Do

We build digital tools to bridge gaps in scientific knowledge and to improve parent and children’s access to evidence-based knowledge. Our goal is to transform the lives of children and families, locally and globally. Our first digital tool is When to Wonder: Picky Eating, available for iOS and Android.

How We Do It

Our team works with NYU Langone Medical Center Information Technology (MCIT), NYU Langone Digital DesignLab, and other partners to build beautiful, fun, and engaging digital tools for child mental health research, clinical care, and education. Our tools are evidence-based, developmentally sensitive, and scalable.

Our Team

As caretakers of some of the most vulnerable children and families, we continually work to establish best practices regarding ethics, privacy, and data security in child mental health digital innovation.

Helen L. Egger, MD
Early Childhood Child Psychiatrist
Founder and Co-lead, WonderLab
Co-director, Digital DesignLab
Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health
Director, Child Study Center
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone

Timothy L. Verduin, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Co-lead, WonderLab
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health
Director, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders Service, Child Study Center
Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone

Devin Mann, MD
Internist
Senior Director of Informatics Innovation
NYU Langone Medical Center IT
Director of Healthcare Innovation Bridging Research Informatics and Design (HiBRID)
Co-director, Digital DesignLab
Department of Population Health
NYU Langone Health

Michael Mainiero
Senior Director of Digital Strategy and Innovation
NYU Langone Medical Center IT
Co-director, Digital DesignLab
NYU Langone Health

Sara Chokshi, DrPH
Project Manager, Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science
Department of Population Health
NYU Langone Health

Katherine E. Driscoll, MPH
Project Coordinator, WonderLab
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health

Dave Fu
NYU Langone Medical Center IT Liaison
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health

Javier Gonzalez
Technical Lead, Digital DesignLab
Department of Population Health and NYU Langone Medical Center IT
NYU Langone Health

August Gresens
Director of Digital Solutions
NYU Langone Medical Center IT
NYU Langone Health

Rachel E. Lebwohl
Director of Digital Solutions
Product Lead, Digital DesignLab
NYU Langone Medical Center IT
NYU Langone Health

Kyle A. McGregor, PhD
Pediatric Bioethicist and Data Scientist
Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Population Health
NYU Langone Health

Steve Robinson, MFA
User Experience Lead, Digital DesignLab
Department of Population Health
NYU Langone Health

Annie Short
Design Intern
NYU Langone Health

Shivam Sinha
Design Intern
NYU Langone Health

Cheryl R. Stein, PhD
Perinatal Epidemiologist
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health

Chenyue Zhao, PhD
Pediatric Epidemiologist
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Health

Our Collaborators

Lori A. Orlando, MD  
Internist
Director, Precision Medicine Program
Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine
Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Nancy Zucker, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Founder and Director, Duke Center for Eating Disorders
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University Medical Center

Catherine Orr
Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder
StoryMineMedia

Elena Rue
Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder
StoryMineMedia

Shitesh Chandra
Delivery Principal
ThoughtWorks

Philip Peter
Developer
ThoughtWorks

Andrea Puertas, MISM
Business Analyst
ThoughtWorks

Jorge Rodriguez
Developer
ThoughtWorks

Schubert Rodriguez, MSc
Developer
ThoughtWorks

Cristian Toaquiza
Developer
ThoughtWorks

Luz Marina Unda
Technical Lead, Developer
ThoughtWorks

Carlos Valarezo, MSc
Quality Assurance, Developer
ThoughtWorks

Victoria Valverde
Developer
ThoughtWorks

Contact Us

The WonderLab team wants your feedback. Email us at wonderlab@nyulangone.org to let us know how we can improve our mobile health tools or to share any ideas you have about our work.