Methods Consultation & Collaboration

Dr. Kaplan and her team offer project-specific methods consultation and collaboration to researchers (and researchers-in-training) worldwide.

For investigators in academic and industry settings:

Dr. Kaplan provides methods consultation for several ambulatory assessment methods (and their integration), including: the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR), ecological momentary assessment/experience sampling, daily diary, accelerometry, and ambulatory cardiovascular monitoring methods. Most commonly, this involves collaboration as a co-investigator or consultant on a grant. The level of support offered ranges from assisting with research design only to managing all aspects of ambulatory data collection, coding and processing in the HEAT lab. Our approach to ambulatory assessment design and implementation frequently involves the integration of community-engaged research methods (e.g., consultation with a Community Advisory Board, among other approaches). If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please email Dr. Kaplan directly.

For students, residents, and fellows:

Dr. Kaplan is typically able to offer pro bono ambulatory assessment research consultation to anyone enrolled in a degree or formal training at Emory University. For trainees outside of Emory, this is usually best accomplished in the context of a training grant (e.g., F31, F32), but other mechanisms exist as well. Please email Dr. Kaplan directly to discuss your project.

The HEAT lab is actively working to expand capacity to offer free methods support to scientists in training, at Emory and beyond. Currently, Dr. Kaplan offers two half-day ambulatory assessment consultation workshops per year (one in the fall, one in the spring) that are open to anyone currently enrolled in a training program, free of charge, and tailored to the interests/needs of those attending. If you would like to discuss a method or project at the next workshop, please email the HEAT Lab.

Additional resources:

Making cutting-edge ambulatory assessment accessible to scientists at all levels and across disciplines is a top priority for the HEAT lab. For those seeking EAR method resources specifically, please see this paper (written to answer many logistical FAQs of using the EAR method) and visit the OSF EAR Repository, a collaboratively maintained resource of EAR research templates and documents. More open science methods resources from the HEAT lab are forthcoming.