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Teen Imaging Study

Project Description:

The Teen Imaging Study is in its inaugural year of a five year longitudinal follow-up of subjects who participated in previous studies (Neurobehavioral Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure, Emory Infant Development Study, & The Emory Child Development Study) from 1987-1989 and 1992-1994. The primary goal of the Teen Imaging Study is to understand how prenatal exposure to cocaine affects the development of adolescents. The researchers will assess psychological development and brain functioning in pre-teenagers/teenagers who were exposed to cocaine, and those who were not through the use of a procedure called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Pictures of how the brain works will be taken at this session.

Quick facts about the Teen Imaging Study:

" Testing began January 2005.
" Study is unique in its use of an MRI to determine how prenatal cocaine exposure (CE) affects the brain.
" Extends the current research by examining the developmental effects on behavior and emotional functioning in adolescence that may be related to prenatal CE.
" The imaging results will provide further understanding of the behavioral functioning of these adolescents.

Sessions include:

" Evaluations: tests of thinking and attention, a medical evaluation
" Interview session regarding current life situation, behavior, and adjustment.
" A brain imaging session at Emory University Hospital.


The project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH-NIDA). It is a joint project of the Biomedical Imaging Technology Center and the Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Project Staff:

Principal Investigator: Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigators: Claire D. Coles, Ph.D., Stephan Hamann, Ph.D., Stephen LaConte, Ph.D, Scott Peltier, Ph.D.,
Co-Investigators: Felicia Goldstein, Ph.D., Mary Ellen Lynch, Ph.D., Kathleen Platzman, Ph.D.,
Research Coordinator: Zakiya Grant
Outreach Staff:  Tuesday Means
Medical Staff: Jill Mast, M.S., R.N.
Testing Staff: Phillip Stepka M.S., Christy Hall, Ph.D.
Imaging Staff: Zhihao Li, Ph.D.





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The Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Study is under the direction of Claire D. Coles Ph.D., with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Emory University School of Medicine. For more information, please contact: Claire D. Coles: ; Karen K. Howell:

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