FIRSt Database connects Penn State Researchers to families with children

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Funded by the Child Study Center and the Social Science Research Institute, the Families Interested In Research Studies (FIRSt) database is a resource available to Penn State researchers containing publicly available information (contact information and dates of birth) on families in the central PA region. Currently, the database lists more than 5,660 families and 7,500+ infants and children up to age 18.

Any Penn State researcher with an IRB-approved project can apply to use the database. If you would like more information about the FIRSt Families database, a copy of the FIRSt guidelines, or an application to use the FIRSt database for recruitment purposes, please contact Dr. Laureen Teti ( or visit: