Injury Research and Policy Smoke Alarm Study Participation :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Participating in the Study

What to Expect

This study will last for two separate nights (about 5 to 8 hours each night, depending on how quickly your child falls asleep). Each child will experience four separate types of alarms; two each evening. We will compare the ability of each type of alarm to awaken children. We will also test children’s ability to do a pretend escape task after awakening from each type of alarm.

This study will be done in the comfortable private sleep rooms in the Sleep Research Center run by Nationwide Children’s Hospital located at 83 Outerbelt Street, across the street from the Hospital’s Close to Home East location on East Broad Street.


For your time and any inconvenience, you will be paid $150.00 per family (not per each participating child) within two weeks after completion of your family’s participation in the study. If your child does not finish the entire study you will receive $25.00.

Additional Information

Participants must be 5-12 years of age and not taking medications on the day of the study that may affect their sleep or awakening patterns, such as some behavior (ADHD) medications and sleep aids.

If your family is interested in participating in our study, please contact Robyn Kunsman via email at (preferred) or by phone at (614) 355-2772.

Study Participation Videos

Smoke Alarm Study Introduction

Thank you for your interest in learning more about our smoke alarm study.  We at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are excited about the work being done on making a safer tomorrow through research.  This video will give you a brief introduction to the study and how you can help by participating.


Study Description for Parents

In this video, we’ll take you through more of the details of what the study will be like for your child, when to arrive, and what to prepare for.


Study Description for Kids

A description for the kids of what it’s going to be like to have their brain waves monitored by the EEG.


Sleep Center Tour

In this video, we’d like to show you around the center to give you a sense of where you’ll be on study night.


Smoke Alarm Study Conclusion

Thank you for your interest in this study and in finding out more about what we do and how to participate.  If you would like to see if your family is eligible to participate, please feel free to contact us at the email address below.

Contact Smoke Alarm Study

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000