Conducting Research

The Child Development Laboratories considers applications for research to be conducted on site. All proposals are reviewed by the Executive Director and the CDL Research Review Committee. The following points are taken into consideration:

  • Compliance with professional ethics codes for conducting research
  • The degree of disruption to classroom programs
  • The number of research projects currently taking place.


Our requirements are slightly different than those of the IRB. Please note the following:

  • All research sessions must be limited to 20 minutes or less per child (multiple sessions may be permitted).
  • No external rewards (i.e. candy, stickers, toys) are allowed.
  • Research with infants and toddlers is conducted only within the classroom setting.

The Child Labs Research Review Committee requires the following items to be submitted (hard copies) PRIOR to receiving IRB approval:

  • Completed IRB-1 Protocol Application (on the IRB website).  Please make sure that  “UConn Child Labs”  is clearly specified in Section II of the application under the heading “Other Collaborating Institutions/Facilities.” (We must receive THREE completed copies.)
  • Completed “Parental Permission Form for Participation in a Research Study” found on IRB website. (We must receive THREE completed copies.)

Please send these documents to:
Anne Bladen, Executive Director
UConn Child Labs
843 Bolton Rd., UNIT 1117
Storrs, CT 06269

You will be notified within three weeks, via e-mail, about your application for research.  E-mails granting approval for research at the Child Labs should then be included with your application to IRB.

Please note the following:

  • After research proposals are approved, and prior to any research beginning, researchers are required to spend a minimum of four hours in the toddler program and 2 hours in the preschool program where they will be conducting research.
  • It is the responsibility of the researcher to distribute copies of the parent permission form.  Please note that CDL staff will not encourage parents to participate in any particular research opportunity.
  • It is the responsibility of the researcher to provide copies of the signed permission forms to parents and to administrators of the Child Labs.
  • If, at any time, there are concerns about the behavior of the researcher or protocol of the project, the research project may be terminated by the Director of the Child Labs.