Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1968 through the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and the Richmond Professional Institute, VCU offers more than 200 degree programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Currently, the university enrolls over 31,000 students in undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. VCU strives to conduct research that will advance our understanding in a variety of domains and improve the health of individuals within the community.


ABCD Study at the Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU is one of 21 institutions nationwide enrolling families who wish to participate in the ABCD Study and is one of only four unique sites inviting twin families to take part as well. While each and every family who participates in the ABCD study are extremely important to this invaluable research, twin pairs provide additional insight to help unravel how certain environmental and genetic factors impact brain and cognitive development. The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry (MATR) of VCU is the initial point of contact for twin families who wish to be a part of this exciting project. All of the families who enroll in the ABCD Study will complete their study visit at the Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) facility.

Parents of twins who are interested may contact the MATR by email at matr@vcu.edu or by phone at 800-URA-TWIN.
Parents of non-twins who are interested may contact the VCU ABCD study coordinator by phone at (804) 828-4085 or by email at abcd@vcuhealth.org.

Click here to learn more about our Study Procedures.

Front left to right: Dr. Michael Neale, Alia Bey, Elisabeth Holmes, Meera Doshi, Lisa Straub (coordinator)
Rear left to right: Alex Gordon, Ivan “Vanya” Kane, Hanna Jones, Noah Slattery, Dr. James Bjork

Front left to right: Site Coordinator Lisa Straub, with Research Assistants Rebecca Cespedes, Jessica Jones, and Srayva Uppalapati; Back left to right: Ivan Kane and Fola Shokunbi


Neale

Mike Neale, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Twin analysis
Study design
Bio
Bjork

James Bjork, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Image acquisition
Other phenotyping
Bio
Fuemmeler

Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH

Co-Investigator - Mobile sensing;
Ecological Momentary Assessment
Health behaviors
Bio
Maes

Hermine Maes, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator
Twin Analysis
Bio
Mason

Mike Mason, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator
Mobile Tech
Social Networks
Bio
Neigh

Gretchen Neigh, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator
Physical and mental health
Bio
Silberg

Judy Silberg, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator
Twin Recruitment\retention
Bio
Steinberg

Joel Steinberg, M.D.

Co-Investigator
Study physician
Scanner director
Bio
Straub

Lisa Straub

Site Coordinator
Holmes

Elisabeth Holmes

Senior Research Assistant

Alia Bey

Research Assistant
KathleenFoster

Kitty Foster

Research Assistant
Martelli1

Ali Martelli

Research Assistant
NoahSlattery

Noah Slattery

Research Assistant
Stephen-Hanson3

Stephen Hanson

Student Research Assistant
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Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry

Bio