Research Studies

AANE maintains this listing of current research for the community's information and possible participation. Researchers are invited to submit their studies.
Research studies will be removed from this page approximately two years after being posted, unless a different timeframe is specified. Researchers are strongly advised to contact us with new information about their studies periodically. To submit a new study or to make updates to a previously submitted study, use the link below.

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Study Seeking Participants Ages 14-32

09/23/2020
Participants needed for our research studies on brain function at Massachusetts General Hospital – Charlestown Campus! The studies involve behavioral assessments, measurements of brain waves using MEG/EEG, and pictures of the brain using MRI. We are currently recruiting adolescents/adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and typically... more

Supporting Mothers of Children with Autism

09/18/2020
The goal of the Supporting Mothers of Children with Autism Study is to better understand the experiences of single, divorced mothers raising a child with autism spectrum disorder. For this study, we will email you a link to some questionnaires and that’s it! Upon completion of the study, you will receive a $10 gift card. If you think you may be... more

Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

09/18/2020
The goal of the Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder study is to examine the experiences of the neurotypical siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. In order to participate, you must be the father of a neurotypical child between 8-16 years old and a child diagnosed with autism between 8-16 years old. This study involves... more

Well-Being of Mothers of Children with Autism

09/18/2020
The goal of the Well-Being of Mothers of Children with Autism study is to examine the associative links between personality and parenting. In order to participate, you must be a mother of a child diagnosed with ASD. Your child must be between the ages of 4-17 years old. This study involves completing a series of online questionnaires about... more

Employment Decisions in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

09/18/2020
The goal of Supporting Mothers of Children with Autism is to examine the experiences of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have either decided to leave or remain in the workforce after their child's autism diagnosis. In order to participate, you must be a married mother of a child diagnosed with ASD. Your child must be... more

Coronavirus and Autism Behavioral Study (CABS)

09/14/2020
Is your child on the autism spectrum? You can play an important role in research by participating in a free, voluntary, and confidential study evaluating the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on children with autism and their families! Objective: Researchers at The Ohio State University are seeking to understand the factors that... more

Ecological momentary assessment of leisure activity participation among adults with autism spectrum disorder

09/09/2020
Leisure participation is key in physical and mental wellbeing, social inclusion, independence, self-worth, and quality of life. Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Temple University are recruiting adults with autism who live alone or independently with roommate(s). This study examines the types and frequency of leisure activities that... more

Research interview for 16-20 yr olds on the spectrum, $40 gift card

09/04/2020
Hello! My name is Emily Rothman and I am a researcher at the Boston University School of Public Health. Our team has new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct an interview study with 16-20 year old youth on the spectrum. The study does not require any in-person visits, it is entirely via Zoom or telephone. Eligible... more

Being Black and on the Spectrum: Navigating the Educational System

09/03/2020
We are seeking participants for a study! This study will look at how Autism may uniquely affect the schooling of Black students. You may be eligible to participate in this study. This study will involve a survey and interview. The survey will take no more than 15 minutes. In the survey, you will provide demographic information. After the survey,... more

Eagles Autism Challenge: Learning about Employment Supports for Young Adults with ASD

08/25/2020
The Drexel Autism Institute is seeking young adults 18+ who are getting ready to leave high school this year or is experiencing their first year post high school. They are also looking for these young adults’ caregivers and their providers to participate in this study. For more information, check out the flyer. If you’re interested fill out... more

SPARK

08/25/2020
Participate in autism research from home!​ If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, Boston Children’s Hospital invites you to learn more about SPARK, an online research study sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. The mission of SPARK is clear: speed up research and advance understanding of autism... more

Autism, Workplace Design, and Well-being Study

08/12/2020
This online survey of approximately 25-35 minutes investigates the relationship between various office environment characteristics and autistic employees’ attitudes and well-being. This will aid in identifying the workplace attributes that need improvement in order to create accommodating workplaces. To qualify, participants must be autistic... more

Person-Centered Planning and Social Inclusion for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

08/12/2020
Hello, my name is Katie Dempsey and I am a student in the Human Behavior department at National University (NU). I am conducting a study to identify the relationship between person-centered planning and social inclusion. I am asking adults over the age of 18 who provide care to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to complete a... more

Autism and Parenting

08/12/2020
My name is Marie Carmaudely L. Galliotte, I am a doctoral student at William James College, (WJC) formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). I am conducting a study as part of WJC’s doctoral project requirement toward completion of the Clinical Psychology program. I am looking to recruit parents of children with a diagnosis... more

What Is The Relationship Between Parents / Guardians’ Recollections of Early Childhood Experiences and Expectations for Their Children with Autism?

08/11/2020
This research is being conducted by Robert Saxner, M.A., at William James College in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. This study examines the relationship between parents / guardians’ recollections of childhood experiences and their expectations for their children with autism. Participants in this study have... more

Caregiver Interview Study – Understanding how Sensory Sensitivities Impact the Transition to Adulthood

08/06/2020
The Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University is conducting a short interview study to better understand how caregivers of individuals with ASD conceptualize their children’s transition to adulthood. We are particularly curious about how their children’s sensory sensitives and interests may impact their children's... more

The Experience of Patient-Centered Care and Communication for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

08/06/2020
We are looking for adults (age 20 and older) with an ASD diagnosis to tell us about their experiences in healthcare. who meet the inclusion criteria screened for in phase 1 will be emailed a link to 6 long-answer free-response questions. These questions will ask about your experiences such as what is it like communicating with doctors., how your... more

Association between motor and language skills in children with autism spectrum diagnoses

08/06/2020
The School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington seeks research participants for a study examining the relationship between motor/movement and language skills in children with autism spectrum diagnoses (ASD). We are looking for parents/caregivers of a child who: (1) has been diagnosed with ASD by a medical professional, (2) are aged... more

SPARK

08/04/2020
Have you heard about SPARK? SPARK is already the largest autism research study, but we are just getting started! What is SPARK? We are a growing community of individuals, families, and researchers on a mission to speed up the understanding of autism. Our aims are to: • Collect DNA and information through surveys from 50,000 people with... more

The Experience of Patient -Centered Care and Communication for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

08/04/2020
We are looking for adults (age 20 and older) with an ASD diagnosis to tell us about their experiences in healthcare. who meet the inclusion criteria screened for in phase 1 will be emailed a link to 6 long-answer free-response questions. These questions will ask about your experiences such as what is it like communicating with doctors, how your... more

Next Generation Autism Technology – Design Activity For Autistic Adults with $75 Thank You

08/04/2020
Conversations are important because they help people get to know each other better, talk about interests, and work things out. Our research explores ways technology could be used by autistic adults to help make conversation go smoother and feel more comfortable. Researchers at the University of Washington are recruiting autistic adults (aged 18... more

Design of Next Generation Autism Technology by Adults to Collaborate and Co-Create Experiences

08/03/2020
Researchers at the University of Washington are conducting a co-design study called the Next Generation Autism Technology study: https://vsrs.ischool.uw.edu/projects/autism/.  The purpose of this study is to understand the ways that autistic adults collaborate with other people, and how people co-create sensory and emotional experiences. We... more

Humming v. Music Listening: Exploration of a neuro-integrative application for those with ASD

07/29/2020
What is this project about? To find embodied physiological differences between humming and music-listening in those diagnosed with ASD and those without ASD. There will be three different age groups tested: Ages 7-10, 13-20, and adults. How you will participate in the study: You will participate by watching a short video and either humming or... more

Survey on Young Adults with Autism (18+) and Emotion Regulation

07/24/2020
We are conducting a research project to understand the challenges that parents and caregivers face when helping young adults with Autism to regulate their emotions. The questionnaire is available online Responses are anonymous, and the completion of the questionnaire takes around 15 minutes. Your support is highly appreciated. If you... more

Survey for Parents of School Age Children/Teens on Extracurricular Activities

07/22/2020
We are looking at a long-term and sustainable programs for post-COVID, knowing very well that our normal has been changed and we will most likely have a new normal.  This parent/guardian survey aims to gather information about extra-curricular activities available to school-age children with Aspergers or on the autism spectrum. We hope to use the... more

Survey for Service Providers on Programs for People of Color with Autism

07/22/2020
We are looking at a long-term and sustainable programs for post-COVID, knowing very well that our normal has been changed and we will most likely have a new normal. This form aims to gather information about services provided to those with autism broadly, and those who identify as people of color with autism. We hope to use this information to... more

Survey for Parents of Children / Teens / Young Adults (aged 6-25) on the Development of Gender Identity

07/22/2020
My name is Dr. Andrew Adesman, and I am a developmental pediatrician at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York. I am writing to ask for your assistance with an important research study related to the development of gender identity in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In order to examine gender identity development in... more

Gender-Diverse Expressions and Identities among Youth with ASD

07/22/2020
We are investigating how gender identity develops in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder using a short anonymous questionnaire for parents of children with ASD. We hope that our study will generate findings which will be useful for better assisting individuals with ASD who may have gender-related concerns. Additionally, our study will... more

Focusing on Fitness: Exploring Motivation and Barriers to Physical Activity in ASD to

07/13/2020
We are recruiting autistic adults for a research study on physical activity. In order to eligible, participants must be older than 18, able to consent for themselves, and able to participate in a 30-45 minute Zoom conversation about their experiences with physical activity. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card as compensation.... more

Barriers when Seeking Services for Autism

07/10/2020
Parents struggle to find resources for their children diagnosed with autism. By participating in my survey, it will help us understand parent’s experiences in search of resources for their children. Alliant International University's Institutional Review Board has approved this study and it is completely confidential. Who qualifies? -Parents... more

Help-Seeking Behaviour Towards Mental Health and the Relationship with Self-Compassion in Parents of Children with Autism

07/02/2020
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether there is a relationship between help seeking behaviour for mental health and self-compassion in parents of children with autism. The term ‘parent’ refers to natural mother/father, stepmother/stepfather, or foster mother/father Eligibility: You are eligible to take part in this study if... more

An exploration of factors affecting eating behaviours and BMI

07/02/2020
The research aims to explore the association among individual characteristics, eating behaviours and body mass index (BMI). The number of adults in the UK that fall into an unhealthy weight range – underweight, overweight, obese – continues to rise significantly, therefore research that investigates the factors and potential barriers to eating... more

Roleplaying Games Narrative Studies

06/30/2020
Have you played a roleplaying game (Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, etc.) within the last year, either in-person or online? Do you have a story or two to tell about your in-game adventures? Are you 18 years or older? If you are interested, please contact David Schena (david_schena@uml.edu) in order to sign up. All persons who meet the above... more

Consumer Research for Clothing Designed For Children with ASD and SPD

06/26/2020
I recently graduated from Cornell University with a major in Fashion Design and an independent focus in adaptive clothing for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder. I am now seeking to gain further insight from the autism community about the needs not yet being addressed in the apparel market as I work to launch a... more

Effects of camouflaging in Autistic individuals

06/26/2020
Research has shown that some autistic people use techniques to hide their autism from other people. I want to learn more about the effects of this, so that better support can be provided for those individuals. This study aims to find out how autistic people use these techniques and whether it has an effect on their mental health and takes roughly... more

Healthy Relationships on the Spectrum

06/25/2020
Boston University is seeking autistic young adults ages 16-22 years old for participation in a new NIH-funded research study on healthy relationships. The study is an interview study. Eligible participants will spend approximately 30 min in a telephone (or Zoom, or texting/chatting) interview, and will complete a brief online survey. Participants... more

Parents’ Experiences with Challenging Behavior

06/24/2020
We want to gather information about what parents think about their children's behavior and how they respond to it. We are recruiting caregivers to participate in a study about their experiences with their young child’s behavior. There are three parts to the study: (1) completing an online questionnaire, (2) participating in an individual 30-40... more

Humming v. Music-Listening: Exploration of a neuro-integrative application for those with ASD

06/18/2020
We have known since the beginning of time that music is healing. Theoretically, music frequencies can re-tune the brain, even forging new connections. This study explores the differences in embodiment of musical vibrations, comparing this with humming (music made from the inside-out)--and effects to feelings of well-being in those with and without... more

Neurodiversity & Participation in the Planning and Policy Process

06/17/2020
Online Survey The research I am doing is centered on the socio-environmental aspects of autism. City and regional planners are responsible for designing the environment and creating policies that regulate the public realm and ways of coexistence in it. My hypothesis for the research is that planners are willing to create inclusive public... more

The Intricacies of Dating with High Functioning Autism

06/05/2020
This research study sought to answer two research questions: (a) What are the perspectives of individuals with HFA as they navigate both the formation of and commitment to romantic relationships? (b) How do my experiences as therapists working with individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) influence their perception of the difficulties... more

Wellbeing at work

06/04/2020
This is an online survey about wellbeing at work. We are interested to find out what is important for the wellbeing of employees with autism/asperger's in order to inform employers of how to best support these employees to thrive! We would like to hear from you if you have current or previous work experience (paid or voluntary). The survey is... more

What are the challenges/benefits or raisin or being an individual on the Autism Spectrum

06/01/2020
This short, three part survey will investigate the potential benefits and the challenges of raising or being a bilingual individual on the Autism Spectrum. Participants need to be parents of or bilingual individuals on the Autism Spectrum and need to be 16 years or older. More information as well as the study itself can be found on the following... more

Experiences in Person-Centered Transition Planning for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

05/07/2020
We are inviting interested participants who participated in transition planning for youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The study aims to investigate opportunities for technology to better assist person-centered transition planning for youth with autism. You may be eligible to participate in our study if you are a youth with ASD, a parent... more

Food and Eating Behaviors of Children with ASD in Response to COVID-19 Survey

05/05/2020
We at the Purdue Autism Research Center are studying how children with ASD are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak as it relates to food and eating behaviors. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes, and participants will be given the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of ten $20 Amazon gift cards. By taking part in this study, your... more

Pronoun use in preschoolers with autism

05/05/2020
Researchers at New York University are conducting a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to study pronoun use in children with ASD under the age of 6 years. You'll complete a two-part survey about your child's pronoun use and receive a $15 Amazon gift card. To see if you qualify: https://tinyurl.com/LEARNHowKidsTalk email:... more

Survey about Serious Games use in psychotherapy in the US

05/04/2020
Hello AANE, I am a PhD student from Germany (University Kassel) under the supervision of Professor Christiane Eichenberg from the Sigmund Freud University in Austria.I am doing an international study of mental health clinicians’ and patients’ attitudes towards the use of Serious Games in psychotherapy in cooperation with the University of... more

Perception of Childhood Bullying in Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

04/22/2020
This is a dissertation project that currently undertaken by Masters students in the University of York in the UK. The aim of this project is to assess perception of bullying in childhood in adults with ASD through asking them to recall childhood experiences in relation to theory of mind, social cognition and emotional perception measures. You... more

Factors Impacting Marital Satisfaction in Parents of Children with Autism

04/17/2020
We are exploring factors that contribute to marital satisfaction in parents of children with autism. We would greatly appreciate it if you could fill out our survey, for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and help us learn more about effective interventions for parents of children with autism. To fill out the survey, participants must: -Be... more

Who Knows You Best

04/08/2020
*Online Paid Research Study* We are launching a study to examine if sibling reports capture the same phenomena as adult-self reports and parent reports to explore whether siblings shed a different light on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. With this information, we hope to gain a better understanding on how well individuals report on... more

IDEA Study

04/02/2020
The IDEA Study examines the early development of executive control - how children think while working toward a goal, learning to do something new, or controlling their behavior. This project will examine whether behavior and brain responses related to executive control are tied to social development and treatment response over time. We are... more

The Racial Differences of Autism Spectrum Disorders

03/30/2020
This study for my master’s thesis focuses on the different experiences faced by mothers of children with ASD. Participants (mothers 25 years of age or older with a child who has been diagnosed with ASD) will complete an 20-30 minute online survey through Qualtrics which will be measuring factors such as the child behaviors, parent child... more

FRIENDS Study

03/26/2020
***Online Study of Children's Friendships*** We are looking for girls and boys ages 8-11 to tell us about their friendships! The FRIENDS study is a doctoral dissertation study that aims to learn more about what children want and expect from their friendships. We are interested to include children with autism spectrum disorder as well as... more

The Racial Differences of Autism Spectrum Disorders

03/25/2020
This study for my master's thesis focuses on the different experiences faced by mothers of children with ASD. Participants (mothers 25 years of age or older with a child who has been diagnosed with ASD) will complete an 20-30 minute online survey through Qualtrics which will be measuring factors such as the child behaviors, parent child... more

Experiences of individuals with autism

03/24/2020
We are seeking participants for my dissertation study investigating the experiences of individuals with autism spectrum disorder related to their quality of life and relationships with others. Participation will take 20 - 30 minutes to complete the survey. In addition, you will be entered in a raffle with a 1 in 40 chance of winning a $25 Amazon... more

Mindful Parenting for Parents of Children with Autism

03/23/2020
Researchers at Northern Illinois University are looking for parents of children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between kindergarten through fifth grade. This study will take 7 weeks to complete. At the beginning of the study, you will be randomly assigned to either complete six, online mindful parenting sessions focused on mindfully... more

Testing how accurate the predictions of the Empathizing Systemizing Theory are in relation to adults with Autism

03/05/2020
My name is Danielle Palmer, and I am seventeen years old currently enrolled in the AP Research class at Baldwin Senior High School. My question of interest is, “To what extent are the predictions made by the Empathizing-Systemizing Theory accurate when applied to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder?” My work draws heavily on the Empathizing... more

AP Research Empathizing Systemizing Theory

03/05/2020
My name is Danielle Palmer, and I am seventeen years old currently enrolled in the AP Research class at Baldwin Senior High School. My question of interest is, “To what extent are the predictions made by the Empathizing-Systemizing Theory accurate when applied to adults with Asperger’s Syndrome?” My work draws heavily on the Empathizing... more

The Relationship between Identity-Centrality and Identity-First Language Preferences and Usage in Individuals who have Autism

03/03/2020
Dear Participant: I am a psychology major at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I am conducting a study on identity-first and person-first language related to autism. This online research survey will ask questions about autism identity-centrality, perception of stigma attached to autism, language preference when being addressed, and information... more

The Relationship between Identity-Centrality and Identity-First Language Preferences and Usage in Individuals who have Autism Survey

02/26/2020
Hello. I was hoping you would help distribute my research announcement to your autism-related listservs, and to your autistic friends, colleagues, and students. Thanks in advance for your help. Rebecca Sonnenberg The Relationship between Identity-Centrality and Identity-First Language Preferences and Usage in Individuals who have Autism... more

Boston University ROAD Ahead Study – Seeking High School Students

02/24/2020
Boston University is recruiting high school students (all grades) and their parents to participate in an 18-month longitudinal study on the high school and post-school outcomes of students on the autism spectrum. We are looking for students who expect to graduate with a regular high school diploma. Parents will complete online and mailed... more

Autism, Anxiety and Eye Contact

02/14/2020
AUTISM, ANXIETY AND EYE CONTACT Participants needed If you are over 18 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism or without a diagnosis of Autism you are invited to participate in an online study researching Autism, Anxiety and Eye Contact. 30 minute online survey ──── TO FIND OUT MORE.. Email:dmilne@csu.edu.au Published on: Feb... more

A better equipped program is needed for young adults within colleges

02/05/2020
PURPOSE OF STUDY You are being asked to take part in a research study. Before you decide to participate in this study, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully and if you’re unclear about any of the information please feel free to reach out to... more

What Is the Relationship Between Caregivers’ Early Memories and Expectations for Their Children with Autism?

02/05/2020
This research is being conducted by Robert Saxner, M.A., at William James College in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. This study examines the relationship between caregivers’ childhood recollections and their expectations for their children with autism. Participants in this study are raising a child or young adult... more

What Is the Relationship Between Caregivers’ Early Memories and Expectations for Their Children with Autism?

02/04/2020
This research is being conducted by Robert Saxner, M.A., at William James College in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. This study examines the relationship between caregivers’ childhood recollections and their expectations for their children with autism. Participants in this study are raising a child or young adult... more

A better equipped program is needed for young adults within colleges

01/30/2020
My name is Gabriella Weiss and I’m currently in 11th grade at Half Hollow Hills High School East taking a class called AP Research… We had to pick a topic we have an interest in which we are researching for the entire year. My research is solely based on why there is an inadequate amount of programs implemented within colleges to allow young... more

Self-Perceived Social Communication Skills of High School Graduates on the Autism Spectrum

01/27/2020
This graduate student research study is seeking high school graduates, between the ages of 18-29 years, within the United States who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. With much of the research in the field of speech-language pathology focused on children, this study aims to provide a focus of the young adult to the professional... more

Language and the Brain in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

01/22/2020
The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting boys with fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder for a study on language and communication skills and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Boys should be between 9 and 18 years of age, and speaking in at least 2-3 word phrases. The purpose of this research is to better... more

Brain Basis of Social and Semantic Language in Adults with Autism

01/22/2020
Researchers at Rutgers University in Newark are investigating how the brain processes social and semantic language in college attending adults with autism. We are currently recruiting autism participants who are between ages 18-30, right-handed, English speakers. The study consists of 3 sessions. The first session involves diagnostic and cognitive... more

Disability and Society Attitudes Study

01/15/2020
I am a graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University, and I am seeking participants for a study regarding various societal attitudes. I am especially interested in hearing the opinions of people with disabilities and neurodiverse individuals because there has been too little research in psychology that listens to these... more

Language Learning in Children with ASD

12/13/2019
Researchers at New York University are conducting a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to study language learning in children with ASD ages 3-6. Our goal is to understand the best ways of presenting new vocabulary to support children's learning. For example, in one part of the experiment, we are asking whether children learn more... more

Who Knows You Best

12/12/2019
We are launching a study to examine if sibling reports capture the same phenomena as adult-self reports and parent reports to explore whether siblings shed a different light on individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. With this information, we hope to gain a better understanding of how well individuals report on their siblings with ASD in... more

Project CRUSH

12/06/2019
Project CRUSH is an NIMH-funded research project focused on collecting preliminary information needed in order to develop a new sexual education program designed for the specific needs of verbal adults on the autism spectrum. We have heard from many stakeholders that this is an area of high importance to adults on the spectrum, which motivated us... more

The Looking Study

11/21/2019
The Crehan Lab is a new lab in the Eliot-Pearson Child Study and Human Development department at Tufts University. The Looking Study is looking at how eye movements can provide important information to distinguish between autism and ADHD. We are looking to recruit children ages 8-12 who have been diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, both, or neither.... more

Stanford Autism Mobile Therapy Study

11/18/2019
Stanford University’s Wall Lab is enrolling parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to participate in a fun research study using our “Guess What?” therapeutic mobile game. Interested? Find out more by signing up on kidsfirst.stanford.edu/GuessWhat Contact Information (E-mail) : the-wall-lab@stanford.edu Website:... more

Horizons College Preparation Mentoring Program

11/13/2019
Horizons is designed to help high school students on the autism spectrum learn more about college and feel more confident about attending college in the future. We are now recruiting for Spring 2020. High school students who plan to go to college in the next year or two will meet with their mentor (a trained UMass Lowell student) once a week for... more

FRIENDS Study

11/11/2019
We are looking for girls and boys ages 8-11 living in the greater Boston area to tell us about their friendships! The FRIENDS study is a doctoral dissertation study that aims to learn more about what children want and expect from their friendships. We are interested to include children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children without... more

Engaging Siblings of Adults with Autism in Future Planning

11/11/2019
We are looking to interview Latino families of individuals with disabilities such as autism. The individual with disabilities must be at least 14 years old. Participants will give feedback on our program to increase families’ involvement in future planning for the family member with special needs. • Who? Latino parents, adult siblings, or... more

Social Cognition – MRI research study for Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

11/07/2019
We are studying a part of the brain linked to Social Cognition, called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). In this study we will ask participants to take assessments that measure Social Cognition (such as being able to recognize emotion from photographs of faces). We will also ask participants to have two separate MRI brain scans. With the MRI... more

SENSE Theatre Study and Tackling Teenage

10/17/2019
The Social Competence and Treatment Lab at Stony Brook University is recruiting participants between the ages of 10 and 16 who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The SENSE Theatre Study is a performance based intervention targeting social skills that includes trained peer actors and theatre techniques. Tackling Teenage Training is an education... more

Investigating Social Patterns in Youth (I-SPY)

10/17/2019
The Social Competence and Treatment Lab at Stony Brook University is recruiting children ages 11-17 with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The I-SPY study investigates the role that different factors play in kids’ and teens’ “real world” social functioning. The study consists of a few short visits to our lab, one of which includes a... more

The Relationship Workshop

10/17/2019
We are excited to share this new study, presented in collaboration between the Social Competence & Treatment Lab (SCTL) and the Relationship Development Center (RDC) at Stony Brook University. The Relationship Workshop is a skill-based workshop that aims to help people develop skills to have healthy romantic relationships – what we call... more

Assessing Primary Care Providers’ Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder Survey Study

10/17/2019
Assessing Primary Care Providers’ Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder Survey Study The Social Competence and Treatment Lab at Stony Brook University is recruiting primary care providers who treat patients under 22 years of age to fill out a survey. This new survey study will evaluate the knowledge that primary care providers have regarding... more

The Relationship Workshop

10/16/2019
The Relationship Workshop We are excited to share this new study, presented in collaboration between the Social Competence & Treatment Lab (SCTL) and the Relationship Development Center (RDC) at Stony Brook University. The Relationship Workshop is a skill-based workshop that aims to help people develop skills to have healthy... more

Labor and Delivery Experiences of Autistic Parents

10/16/2019
What was your experience of childbirth (either giving birth or being present as a support partner)? We are looking for autistic adults who have experienced childbirth (either giving birth or being present for a birth as a support partner) to share your stories with us! We are four undergraduate nursing students at the University of Vermont... more

𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀

09/27/2019
Researchers at Binghamton University are looking for 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 (𝟲-𝟭𝟳 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗹𝗱) with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to take an 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘆 about their child’s experiences with... more

Investigation of Neuroinflammation in Autism using MR-PET

09/24/2019
The Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting a research study investigating the structure and function of the brain of adults with and without autism spectrum disorders using MR-PET scans. Patients must be 18-40 years old, with or without an autism spectrum disorder. There are 3+ visits; participants are compensated for their... more

Exploring Online Gaming as a Communication Learning Platform

09/10/2019
Volunteers Needed: If you are over 19 and enjoy playing online games I would be interested to hear from you. This study will explore the influence of online gaming on strengthening communication skills for adults in the autism spectrum (ASD). This study will have people with ASD express and contribute their ideas of what they would like to see in... more

Transition to Independent Living Research Study

09/05/2019
If you are a young adult who is autistic and/or has intellectual disability, between the ages of 18 and 26, a family member, or service provider for this population, you are invited to participate in a study. You will be asked to fill out a short online survey (about 10-20 minutes) about your experiences with transition to independent living.... more

The Intersection of Disability, Self-Concept, and Childhood

08/22/2019
I am currently looking for children to participate in a research project looking at the childhood experiences of being identified with an invisible disability. Participating children should have an invisible disability (defined as a disability that one cannot see on the surface, allowing the child to pass as typically developing) and be between... more

Brain Basis of Social and Semantic Language in Adults with Autism

08/16/2019
Researchers at Rutgers University in Newark are investigating how the brain processes social and semantic language in college attending adults with autism. We are currently recruiting Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) participants who are between ages 18-30, right-handed, native English speakers. The study consists of 3 sessions. The first session... more

The Implications of Grandparent Caregivers Raising Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders

08/15/2019
There are a growing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2015), approximately 2.7 million Americans are grandparent caregivers, and approximately 7 million children are being raised by their grandparents. Children being raised by their grandparents have significant... more

Impact of Siblings as the Intervention Agent on Play Behavior of Children with ASD

08/13/2019
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often do not engage in appropriate play without being explicitly taught to do so (Kossyvaki & Papoudi, 2016). Although there is research demonstrating that parents, teachers, and peers can effectively implement interventions to improve play skills and other social skills in children with ASD, there... more

Invisible Social Identity in the Workplace: Narrative Research Exploring How Experiences of Young Adults With High Functioning Autism Influence Their…

08/13/2019
The goal of this research is to explore the stories of young adults, who identify on the autism spectrum, as they work through their decision to disclose their identity in the workplace. Participants will be asked to participate in one interview session, consisting of a dozen questions, conducted by the student researcher. The session will last... more

Sleep and Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder

08/07/2019
We are studying sleep and memory in healthy volunteers and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study involves three sessions of taking naps after lunch while we record brain activity using non-invasive EEG and magnetoencephalography (MEG), in addition to a finger-tapping task and a separate session for an MRI. We are looking for... more

Assessing traits and experiences in adults with autism

07/30/2019
This online study is being conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in order to learn more about some of the experiences related to sex that adults with autism may have, and characteristics that may be related to these experiences. The survey includes questions about your demographic information; some traits you... more

“A Correlational Study of Parenting children with ASD in the Black community.”

07/30/2019
My research examines the needs of the direct support system of children on the Autism Spectrum. The current study focuses on understanding the impact of spiritual well-being and support systems (family and community services) has on the level of stress of African American or Black parents or guardians of children with ASD. I will be recruiting... more

Autism study at the University of Maryland in College Park

07/24/2019
We are recruiting children between the ages of 7 to 12 who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Our study explores the development of children who have autism, particularly during social interaction. Participating in these studies may help advance autism research, treatment, and intervention. Kids... more

Autism Study at MGH

07/08/2019
We are researching newly developed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnostic techniques. The goal of our research is to test the validity of two ASD diagnostic techniques: a behavioral test and an eye-tracking assessment. These techniques could be used at a very young age, so that early intervention is possible for the best development of the... more

FRIENDS Study

07/03/2019
We are looking for children ages 8-11 in the greater Boston area to tell us about their friendships! The FRIENDS study is a doctoral dissertation study that aims to learn more about what children want and expect from their friendships. We are interested to include children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children without autism, as we aim... more

Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

06/27/2019
Looking for Parents of Postsecondary Students with Autism to Participate in a Paid Research Study As a parent and student, I am reaching out to you as a fellow parent to help me with a research study I am working on at the University of Illinois at Chicago in order to complete my Ph.D. in Special Education. I am trying to learn how parents of... more

The Recreation Study: Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

06/26/2019
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Recreation Study: Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum We are interested in learning more about the recreational activities of young adults on the autism spectrum. THE STUDY MAY BE A GOOD FIT IF YOU ARE: Between 18 & 23 years of age On the autism spectrum Able to take pictures without any help Able to talk... more

The Impact of Touch on Social Skills

06/24/2019
The study consists of a 15-20 minute survey that looks at responses to touch and social skills. The study is open to anyone over the age of 18. The aim of the study is to look at how to touch processing affects the daily lives of people with autism. The study has ethical approval from Newcastle University. There are no anticipated risks to... more

Mindfulness, Occupation, and Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

06/20/2019
This study will explore how a mindfulness-based program can influence occupational performance and satisfaction for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This research will use mindfulness-based intervention to potentially assist participants to better cope with stress in their lives. This can potentially have a positive impact... more

The effect of Touch Processing on Social Skills

06/20/2019
The study looks at common tactile issues and how they impact on social skills. Touch sensory differences are common but can become more severe in certain people and have an impact on everyday social interactions. We are asking you to take part so that we can gain a better understanding of what tactile sensory problems people experience and how... more