Clinical Trials / Research Studies
Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Study for Preteens and Teens Who Had a Recent Head Injury That Caused a Concussion

Why are we doing this research?

We are trying to learn whether behavior change can improve sleep and other symptoms of concussion.

Who can participate?

Preteens and teens 12 to 18 years old may be eligible if they had a head injury in the last month that led to a concussion.


  • Concussion - Head Injury
  • Neurology

What will happen in the study?

Adolescents and a parent would attend 3 study visits including:

  • A 2-hour in-person visit to Cincinnati Children’s main (Burnet Ave) location
  • A 1-hour in-person visit a week later
  • A 1-hour in-person or virtual (video) visit a month later

For the week prior to each visit, participants will wear a special wristwatch and track their sleep. During each visit, participants and their parents will

  • Answer questions about the adolescent’s health and well-being
  • Review the adolescent’s sleep from the previous week

At random (like flipping a coin), some participants will be coached in behavior changes designed to improve sleep. With their parent’s support, they will then be asked to try those changes at home.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

Being in this study may or may not help participants. Behavior coaching is designed to help with sleep, but we do not yet know if it will work for you. Our goal is to use the results of this study to improve concussion care for future youth.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

There are very few risks in this study. It involves no drugs, needles, or painful procedures. Study staff will discuss possible risks and discomforts. They will also put them in writing.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants will receive up to $275 for time and effort.


Contact Us.

To see if you qualify, go to

or contact:

Caroline Wall

Study Doctor

Dean W. Beebe, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center