Adolescent Health Clinical Research

Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's and The Ohio State University are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient's bedside.

To see current Adolescent Health research studies being conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, search the options below.

Help Researchers Understand Driving Behaviors in Teens Using a Smartphone App

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to find out if a phone app can help the learning-to-drive process among teenager and beginner drivers.

Who can take part in this study?

Teens who may be eligible for this study must meet the following:

  • 15.5–17 years old with one parent and/or legal guardian who agrees to participate.
  • Driving permit activated within one month of study enrollment.
  • Has a functioning smartphone compatible for the Behind the Wheel (BTW) app.
  • Speaks and reads English.
  • U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Agree not to enroll in other driving-related research or use a driving performance app during the study period.

What will happen during this study?

Participants will:

  • Have a smartphone app installed on their cell phone for 18 months. There are 3 versions of the app. You will be randomly selected for one version:
    1. provides individualized feedback on driving errors and a driving safety score each week to reflect driving performance, as well as educational materials on car maintenance;
    2. on top of individualized feedback, driving safety scores and educational materials, it provides reminders on situational supervised driving practices such as driving in the rain or driving at night; and
    3. provides only educational materials.
  • Complete quizzes based on the education materials through the app.
  • Teens and parent/guardian will each complete five surveys over the study.

Will we be paid for this study?

Yes, participants will be compensated for their time.

Click here to complete the screening survey.

For more information, please contact:

Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD
Principal Investigator
(614) 355-6687

Young Women’s Health: Help Researchers Learn More

Who can take part in this study?

You can participate if you:

  • Are 10 to 20 years old.
  • Have had your first menstrual cycle.

What will happen during the study?

Participants will have one visit to an outpatient clinic, where they will:

  • Answer a few short surveys.
  • Have a finger prick blood test.
  • If your survey answers suggest you have heavy menses, you will also be asked to have a blood draw the same day.

Will we be paid for the study?

Yes, participants will be compensated for their time.

Contact us at (614) 355-1926 or to learn more or enroll.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sarah O’Brien
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