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ABCD Study at UC San Diego

UCSD is one of 21 institutions nationwide that will recruit families to participate in the ABCD Study. The UCSD site of the ABCD study is located at the Qualcomm Institute within Atkinson Hall, which extends UC San Diego’s investment in the developing cutting-edge technologies and supporting the combined collaboration of institutional innovations. ABCD–UCSD enrolled over 700 children from local schools in 2016-2018. We are following these young research participants through their adolescent years to understand the influence of health and risk factors on child and adolescent brain development, when a great deal of growth and change occurs. The MRI portion of this study takes place within walking distance, at the Keck Center for Functional MRI or the Altman Clinical & Translational Research Institute Building, both located at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Thank you so much for your involvement in ABCD!  For information, please call (858) 280-6398 or email us at [email protected]Click here to learn more about our Study Procedures.

Left to right: Dr. Kara Bagot, Dr. Jay Giedd, Dr. Alejandra Infante, Norma Castro, Dr. Joanna Jacobus, Dr. Susan Tapert, Rachel Baca, Claudia Cota, Abigail Aguilar, Diego Gomes, Dr. Laika Aguinaldo, Clarisa Coronado, and Jacalynn Goetz.


Susan Tapert, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator and Associate Director

Joanna Jacobus, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Jay Giedd, M.D.


Alejandra Infante, Ph.D.


Natasha Wade, Ph.D.


Norma Castro, M.S.

Lab Manager and Coordinator

Laika Aguinaldo, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Marybel Robledo Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Margie Hernandez Mejia, M.A.

Graduate Student

April May

Graduate Student

Abigail Aguilar, B.S.

Research Assistant
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Franchesca Bondoc

Research Assistant

Michelle Delgado Savelio

Research Assistant / Phlebotomist

Diego Gomes, B.S.

Research Assistant
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Camila Lino

Research Assistant

Laili Xie

Research Assistant