Improving Driving in Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Study

Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Contact: Haley Driscoll at 617-724-2551 or


We are seeking adults with a valid drivers license who have or think they may have a DSM-V diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to participate in a study on driving and anxiety.

Who can participate?
Adults’ ages 18 to 45 with a valid drivers license with a potential diagnosis or DSM-V diagnosis of ASD.

What’s involved?
Participants will get to simulate driving in a model car while being guided along a computer-generated roadway that will mimic a real-life driving occurrence. The study will be looking at the effects of the medication buspirone on anxiety associated with driving in adults with ASD. Qualified participants will complete an assessment visit at MGH and two driving simulation visits at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Individuals who are qualified and complete the study could receive up to $210 in compensation.

If you are interested and want to find out more information about the study or to see if you are eligible, please call Haley Driscoll at 617-724-2551 or email her at