Research Opportunities

A listing of some of the research opportunities that are available.

CEEP - Conductive Education Evaluation

CEEP is a research project designed at Michigan State University by the Cerebral Palsy Outreach Network (CPON) team. The study will compare the effectiveness of Conductive Education to other cerebral palsy services for children ages 2-6. Families will be asked to participate in a free 4-week long Conductive Education session at the Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids, MI.

OWL - Origins, Wellness and Life-history in CP

This research study of children ages 2-15 is investigating factors in pregnancy and birth that are different in children with cerebral palsy and in children without cerebral palsy, to gain knowledge needed to help prevent this disabling condition. 

University of Michigan studies of Cerebral Palsy

The University of Michigan offers opportunities for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy to participate in a studies of cognitive and motor abilities. See Adapted Cognitive Assessment Lab (ACAL) studies

Adjustment and Coping of African American Parents of Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy

Rita Walters is conducting this study as part of her PhD dissertation work at MSU School of Social Work. She is recruiting African American parents of children diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, ages 5 - 21.   Study activities include an in-home interview and take about one hour. Participation is voluntary and confidential, and there is a gift card provided to parents who participate. For more information, please contact Ms Walters at 517-256-0091, or email

Working Memory Study in Children with Cerebral Palsy (From UCP - MI newsletter)

The Adapted Cognitive Assessment Lab (ACAL) at the University of Michigan is studying Working Memory in children with cerebral palsy. Working memory is a system of temporarily storing and managing information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension and is necessary for storing and recalling information. The ACAL is actively recruiting children with CP ages 6 - 16 and English must be the child's primary language. For more information phone 734-936-6023 or email

Research at UM: Relation of trunk control to stepping ability when supported over a treadmill

The staff in the Developmental Neuromotor Control Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan is conducting a study to determine the effect of emerging trunk control on treadmill stepping responses in children with moderate to severe cerebral palsy (unable to walk without assistance). We are currently looking for children with cerebral palsy between 2 and 8 years of age. We would evaluate your child’s trunk control and stepping responses during one testing session that lasts 60-90 minutes. If you or someone you know, has an child with cerebral palsy that may qualify and
would like more information about these studies please call: Cheryl Drenning or Sandy Saavedra in the Developmental Neuromotor Control Laboratory, University of Michigan, at 734-615-1494 or email:, or .

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