NNU seeking volunteers

March 9, 2010, 3:48 pm

The Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Studies Department of Northwest Nazarene University is conducting three research projects at the Life Counseling Center in Nampa. The focus of the studies is to further the understanding of the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and toxins on the thinking and behavior of infants and toddlers.

Dr. Glena Andrews, professor of psychology and chair of NNU’s department, has conducted research on the prenatal effects of alcohol for over ten years. With her student researchers, Lisa Mata, Brittany Kasefang, Skylar Hanna, Ashley Castledine and Meghan Barker, she is now working to gather information on the early effects of methamphetamine use.

Volunteers are currently being sought for research on the development of children with prenatal exposure to meth. All parents or guardians willing to volunteer their toddlers to participate in this research are encouraged to contact Dr. Andrews. Though a lot of information has been gathered regarding effects of meth on users, little research has been conducted concerning the effects of a mother’s use on her unborn child. Gathering this information is crucial to helping children live normal lives who have been affected by meth exposure.

Progress in thinking, behavior and emotions will be measured using observation, parent report surveys and interviews. There is no cost to volunteers or their families. All information collected will be kept confidential. If you know of a child that qualifies for this research, please contact Dr. Andrews at

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