A research study of Northwestern University

You’re on the rise and determined to overcome.

Northwestern University is looking for Black and/or African American teens ages 14–19 and their parent/guardian to take part in a research study that pays up to $925. Our study explores how unique life experiences, challenges, and triumphs shape health and academic achievement for youth.

Benefits of participating

Make a difference.

Contribute your voice and story to help inform ways to help teens like you stay healthy as they succeed and develop.

Learn about your health.

Gain insights into your heart health and sleep efficiency to learn what makes you healthy.

Discover a world-class university.

Get information about college and the opportunity to attend an optional campus tour at Northwestern University.

Get compensated up to $925 for your time.

Your family’s time and input is valuable to us. That’s why you’ll receive up to $925 for your participation, plus travel costs.

Our researchers aim to better understand the daily lives of Black and/or African American youth in terms of family, neighborhood, school/work experiences, and their effects on health. We also want to learn about the challenges that teens face and the ways in which they overcome them. We aim to inform ways to disrupt potential disparities in health and education.

Ultimately, we want to understand what helps teens develop successfully and keeps them healthy, as they transition into adulthood. This knowledge could help improve medicine and support services for other teens in the future.

If you’re a Black and/or African American teen, age 14–19, you may be a great fit for this study.

Dr. Edith Chen, Northwestern University, co-director of the Foundations of Health Research Center

Dr. Edith Chen

Principal Investigator

Dr. Chen is the principal investigator of the On the Rise study and the co-director of the Foundations of Health Research Center at Northwestern University.

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Lauren Hoffer, Project Coordinator, Northwestern University, Foundations of Health Research Center

Lauren Hoffer

Project Coordinator

Lauren is the Project Coordinator for the On the Rise Study.

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Rebekah Siliezar, Northwestern University, Research Study Coordinator for the On the Rise study

Rebekah Siliezar

Research Study Coordinator

Rebekah Siliezar is a Research Study Coordinator for the On the Rise study. After growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, Rebekah received a B.A. in Sociology (Intensive Track) from Yale University.

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Rebekah Siliezar, Northwestern University, Research Study Coordinator for the On the Rise study

Amanda McDonald

Research Study Coordinator

Amanda McDonald is a Research Study Coordinator for the On the Rise Study. Amanda was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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Robin Hayen, Project Coordinator, Northwestern University, Foundations of Health Research Center

Robin Hayen

Project Coordinator

Robin is the coordinator for the Mentoring and Health Study, and previously coordinated the Family Asthma Study. She works on a number of projects at FHRC including On the Rise.

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Makeda Austin, Graduate Student, Northwestern University, Personality and Health Psychology

Makeda Austin

Graduate Student

Makeda Austin is a doctoral student in Personality, Development, and Health Psychology at Northwestern University working with Dr. Edith Chen and Dr. Greg Miller. She received a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Jane Drage, Northwestern University, Research Study Coordinator for the On the Rise study

Jane Drage

Research Study Coordinator

Jane Drage is a Research Study Coordinator at FHRC. She graduated from North Park University with B.S. in Human Development.

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Rebekah Siliezar, Northwestern University, Research Study Coordinator for the On the Rise study

Johanna Dezil

Research Study Coordinator

Johanna is a Research Study Coordinator at FHRC. She joined FHRC after graduating from DePaul University with a B.A. in Community Psychology.

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A representative from our research team will be contacting you soon. If you have questions or would like to speak to a member of the research study staff, please call 847.467.5650.

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for this research study? Encourage them to sign up!