Current Study Participants

The Kalin Lab is located at 6001 Research Park Blvd, Madison WI 53719.  For directions to the clinic, please click the google maps link here, or call us at (608) 263-2338.

When you arrive at the clinic on the day of your study visits, please enter in through the main doors (through the circle drive with the covered entrance), and have a seat in the waiting room- one of our team members will come to meet you at the start of your visit. There is no need to check in at the front desk. *Note: Do not enter the building with a glass exterior- this is a different research clinic not affiliated with our study.

  • ABLE and BEST study participants can reach the lab at (608) 263-2338.

As you already know, the study in which you may be participating in will involve Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This is an exciting state of the art technology that allows very high-resolution images of brain activity to be taken very rapidly.  MRI techniques may be used to evaluate the structural and/or functional aspects of the brain and are routinely used in clinical settings. The results of this research may help to answer important questions about the function of the brain.   MRI makes use of very strong magnetic fields; therefore, there are several safety precautions that are taken to ensure the safety of both the research subjects and the researchers. If there is no metal in or on your body (other than appliances already pre-approved by the MRI staff), you are totally safe to be scanned in our MRI machine. There is no radiation involved, and our MRI scans do not include any injections. We ask that you not wear any of the following items during your participation in MRI research scans:

  • Earrings or other body jewelry
  • Glasses (you should wear contact lenses if necessary, or we have plastic lenses in the lab that you can use)
  • Removable orthodontic work (permanent retainers or spacers are okay)
  • Neck chains or similar jewelry
  • Bras, girdles or other under garments with wires or metal clips
  • Bracelets, watches or similar wrist jewelry
  • Shoes with steel toes or shanks
  • Eye Shadow (these products frequently have a metallic base)
  • Anything with glitter on it (clothes, body spray, lotions, etc.)

You may wear these items up until we begin the MRI study, but you will be asked to remove them prior to starting the study. We are telling you this in advance, as you may find it more convenient to not wear or bring and of these items with you the day of your scan. You should wear warm and comfortable clothing, but refrain from wearing hoodies (as they are typically uncomfortable to lay on for extended periods of time), or jeans with metal zippers or buttons.

For more information please review our MRI Booklet for 8 & 9 year olds OR the MRI Booklet for 10-12 year olds. The booklets both include information about the scan session, pictures of the scanner, people your child may meet during the first and second study visits, and places where the study visits will take place.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Lisa Williams at 608-262-2430 or Courtney Olson at 608-263-2338.

Our lab is made up of a variety of different people. You are likely to meet our study coordinator, undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, clinical interviewers, and MRI technicians.

A study coordinator oversees our ongoing research study – follow this link for more information about our study coordinator. Undergraduate research assistants are a large part of our study team, and participants in our study tend to meet with 1-2 team members for each visit. All participants and parents meet individually with one of our clinical interviewers during their first visit for a research-based diagnostic interview which typically lasts between 60-90 minutes. During this interview, the psychologists will ask a lot of questions about your child’s mood and behavior from birth up until now. All of our clinical interviewers are very nice and are happy to skip over any questions either of you choose not to answer. Follow this link to see which clinical interviewers you might meet at your first visit. All participants will meet one or both of our MRI scan technicians. These technicians are specially trained to help you into the MRI scanner, run the scanner, and they will talk to you in between each scan to make sure that you are comfortable and ready to move on. If you are ever feeling uncomfortable in the MRI or during any of the tasks you play while in the machine, definitely let the technicians know and we can get you out of the machine as soon as possible! For more information about our MRI technicians please review our MRI Booklet for 8 & 9 year olds or the MRI Booklet for 10-12 year olds.

  • If you ever have any questions about any of our study procedures, want to schedule or reschedule a visit and are a part of the ABLE Study, feel free to give us a call at (608) 263-2338 or email us at
  • If you ever have any questions about any of our study procedures, want to schedule or reschedule a visit and are a part of the BEST Study, feel free to give us a call at (608) 263-2338 or email us at

*If you reach our voicemail please leave a message with your name, number, and a good time to reach you back and we will do our best to return your call at that time.*