The following is a request for your participation in a study being conducted by a research team at Villanova University. This study seeks to examine autistic adults’ perceptions of anti-autistic bias from their mental health practitioners and what impact they feel that bias has on their self-esteem. The Co-Principal Investigators (PI) for this study are Zoe Darazsdi, a graduate student in the Department of Education and Counseling, and Dr. Christa Bialka, Associate Professor of Special Education. Zoe identifies as autistic.
The researchers are seeking participants who:
● Are eighteen years or older
● Identify as autistic* (including participants who identify as having another disability identity in addition to autism)
● Have earned a high school diploma or GED
● Have met or are currently meeting with mental health practitioner(s). For this study, “mental health practitioners” are defined as counselors, psychologists, and applied behavioral analysts who have attained degrees at or above the bachelor’s level.
*Researchers use the term “autistic person” and “person with autism” interchangeably to recognize that some people may prefer identity-first language, and others may prefer person-first language.
Participation would involve an interview (either Zoom or survey, based on the participant’s format preference), which should last approximately 45 minutes. Participants will not receive compensation if they choose to take part in this research.
The researchers actively aim to include communities who are underrepresented in most other autism research. We are particularly interested in working with individuals who identify as female, gender nonbinary, queer, and/or people of color. If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete this brief interest form: https://villanova.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Mfo0TyjbjxkY7A
If you have any questions about the research project itself (IRB-FY2022-37), please feel free to contact Zoe Darazsdi by email: email@example.com
Zoe Darazsdi Christa Bialka
Graduate Student Associate Professor
Department of Education and Counseling Department of Education and Counseling
Villanova University Villanova University