A research study of Northwestern University

You’re on the rise and determined to overcome.

Northwestern University is looking for African American teens ages 14-19 and their parent/guardian to take part in a paid research study seeking to discover the challenges you face as a teen and how they affect your health.

Benefits of participating

Help scientists make big discoveries.

Help researchers find information that could improve medicine, education, or other support services to help teens like you.

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 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.

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 an 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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Robin Hayen, Northwestern University, Foundations of Health Research Center

Robin Hayen

Project Coordinator

Robin helps to coordinate the On the Rise study at the Foundations of Health Research Center at Northwestern University.

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Makeda Austin, Northwestern University, Personality and Health Psychology doctoral student

Makeda Austin

Research Assistant

Makeda Austin is a doctoral student in Personality 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 for the On the Rise study. She graduated from North Park University with B.S. in Human Development.

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Rebekah Siliezar, Northwestern University,  Research Assistant for the On the Rise study

Rebekah Siliezar

Research Assistant

Rebekah Siliezar is a Research Assistant for the On the Rise study. She holds a B.A. in Sociology (Intensive) from Yale University.

Rebekah Siliezar, Northwestern University, Research Assistant for the On the Rise study

Johanna Dezil

Research Assistant

Johanna Dezil is a Research Assistant for the On the Rise study. She graduated 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.

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