From: Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

The Maternal Influence on Infant Neurodevelopment (MIND) Lab, led by Brittany Howell at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke, VA, is looking for expecting mothers and mothers with newborns to share their feelings and experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic in an online survey.

People are affected by this pandemic in many ways. Pregnant women and moms with newborn children are especially vulnerable during this critical period. This study will help researchers understand the types of stress affecting this group of women, especially within the Roanoke region. Participants will have a chance to confidentially share how their pre- or post-natal care has changed, worries they may have about access to food and supplies, and their needs for support during this unprecedented time.

In addition to sharing their experiences related to the pandemic, study participants will also be asked to answer questions about their personality and to complete a brief task measuring how they value the future. Upon completion, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $120 Amazon gift card. One in 50 survey respondents will win.

Results of this study have the potential to directly and rapidly inform social and medical practices to improve the health and support of perinatal women and their infants, both in Roanoke and across the nation. 

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To learn more about the MIND Lab, visit:

Questions? Contact the MIND Lab at or (540) 526-2195.

Virginia Tech IRB #: 20-311