CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB
The Clinical Neuroscience Lab at Ohio State University aims to train the next generation of clinical scientists devoted to the study of evidence-based lifestyle interventions, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging. In our lab we conduct research studies with clinical populations, engage in scientific discourse/activities with members of the lab, present our findings to the scientific community and to the public, and work with undergraduates as members of our teams. In all spheres of our lab, we strongly value our commitment to diversity and inclusion. These include, but are not limited to, valuing individual differences in race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental abilities, immigration status, religion, and socioeconomic status. We constantly strive to increase diversity in our research studies by attempting to seek representation across these dimensions. We aim to increase diversity in our lab’s team as we fully appreciate the richness of thought and discourse that comes with that. We acknowledge that discussions of diversity, and progress toward it, are ongoing goals that we must continue to be intentional about. We believe valuing diversity and inclusion is instrumental work in itself but is also imperative for creating a lab culture where all members of the team feel valued, motivated, and engaged in our scientific pursuits.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures
The OSU Clinical Neuroscience Lab cares about the health and well-being of our research participants and staff members. To mitigate risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19, the following procedures have been put into place and will be followed for all in-person assessments:
Before In-Person Assessment Sessions
Staff are required to monitor their health symptoms and will not report to work if any symptoms arise. 24 hours prior to each assessment session, participants are asked the following COVID-19 health questions:
Did you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (shortness or breath, fatigue, cough, etc.) in the last 24 hours?
Have you had any exposure to someone with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours?
Before participants arrive, all equipment is sanitized. Upon arrival to the Psychology Building, all staff members and participants are temperature checked and are asked the same COVID-19 health questions. Face masks are required at all times. Both the participant and lab staff will sanitize their hands prior to beginning the assessment session.
During In-Person Assessment Sessions
Six-foot distancing between the participant and experimenter is maintained whenever possible. Further, no more than two people are allowed in the experiment room at a time. Both staff and participants are required to wear face masks at all times. In the experiment room, participants will sit at the computer. There will be a desk and plexiglass barrier between the participant and the staff member. If the plexiglass cannot be used due to the nature of a particular task, face shields will be used by the staff member. Before and after any documents or equipment is passed back and forth, both the staff member and participant will sanitize their hands. When necessary, the experimenter will control the mouse separately and will have a separate keyboard to enter information.
After In-Person Assessment Sessions
All surfaces are wiped down again, including the keyboard, mouse, and table surface. A minimum of 1 hour will be left between assessments in a single room.