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Neurodevelopmental & Autism Spectrum Disorders Research iOPEN Pregnancy Study

iOPEN Pregnancy Study

Researchers in NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are interested in working with pregnant women, their partners, and infants to learn more about pregnancy, parenting and infant brain development as part of the iOPEN Pregnancy Study.

You are eligible to participate if you are at least 18 years old and are pregnant or are a partner to someone who is pregnant. You are also eligible if you are the parent of an infant younger than 3 months old.

Parts of this study that require in-person visits are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic for health and safety reasons, but in the meantime it is possible to begin the online portion.

How to Participate in the iOPEN Pregnancy Study

There are two different iOPEN study activities that may be a fit for you—an online survey and an imaging study. You may be eligible for both.

Pregnancy Survey

Participants complete a one-time, 15-minute online survey about pregnancy-related thoughts and feelings and their environment. If you are interested in taking the survey, please call us at 646-754-5302 or email us at Those who complete the survey, receive a $20 gift card.

Imaging Study to Examine Child Development

Survey participants and their children have an option to participate in an imaging study to examine child development. While you are pregnant, you complete questionnaires and provide a hair and saliva sample.

If you choose to take part in the imaging study, we take an MRI scan of your infant’s brain while he or she is naturally asleep and send up to three online follow-up questionnaires during the first year of your baby’s life.

MRI is a noninvasive process that uses a large magnet to take pictures of the brain. These images help us visualize the structure and blood flow within the brain. MRIs are safe for all ages, painless, and do not involve radiation, sedation, or injections.

Participants are eligible to receive up to $275 for contributions to the iOPEN Pregnancy Study ($25 for each survey and $100 for each MRI visit).

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the iOPEN Pregnancy Study or participating, please contact us at 646-754-5302 or