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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Perspectives of Caregivers of Individuals who use AAC

09/22/2021
Children who have significant disabilities often have challenges when communicating. Often these children will use alternative methods to support their communication. This survey and interview-based study aims to seek the perspectives of the parents of these children. We know that children who have these challenges often have poor academic,... more

Depression Treatment for Autistic Adults

09/21/2021
This study is evaluating the efficacy of a 12-week mental health treatment designed to help with symptoms of depression. You may be eligible for you are at least 18 years of age, have a previous diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, live in NY, NJ or can travel to Rutgers University, and have someone who will participate with you (e.g., parent,... more

Romantic relationships in autism

09/21/2021
Enter the draw to win 1 of 20 Amazon gift cards valued at $20 (AUD) upon completion of this survey! (If you completed the survey during our first round of advertising and would like to be retrospectively entered into the prize draw, please email Ying at ryew@deakin.edu.au to let us know) Researchers at Deakin University are... more

Understanding and responding to the therapeutic needs of autistic children

09/16/2021
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences that occur in childhood; some of the experiences include witnessing violence, experiencing abuse, and experiencing community violence. It has been shown that the autistic population is more likely to experience Adverse Childhood Experiences, including abuse. Although... more

The EMBRACED Study

09/16/2021
This is a national survey exploring the relation between a set of mental skills, called executive functions, and behavioral and emotional challenges in children with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 5 and 10. This study consists of a few short surveys involving questions about your child's behaviors, ASD symptoms, and cognitive... more

Exploring Perceptions, Experiences, and Self-Efficacy of African American College Students with Autism: An ecosystem approach

09/09/2021
My name is Jackie Lorrainne and I am a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. program in Higher Education Leadership at Maryville University. I am conducting a research study to explore perceptions, experiences, and self-efficacy of African American college students with autism. The participants for the study will include current or former college... more

George Washington University Research Opportunity for Kids 8-17

09/01/2021
The ANDI Lab at the George Washington University's research focuses on understanding social learning patterns in children and adolescents. Currently, we are looking for children ages 8-17 to participate in an online study. Participants will be asked to complete a quick online game, after which they will be compensated $20 per hour of... more

Survey for The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Teen Advocacy Step-by-step advice for neurodivergent teens and those who care about them By…

09/01/2021
We are seeking Autistic teens and young adults who'd like their voices to be heard in our next book. We will compile responses to this survey to shape the book by neurodivergent voices. One co-author is Autistic and the other has children and a sibling on the spectrum. We designed the survey in collaboration with our teen and young adult Autistic... more

Employment Experiences and Accommodations

08/30/2021
Employment Experiences and Accommodations Research Study Share: The purpose of this study is to understand the ways in which autistic employees communicate about their private information when they (1) notify their employer about their autism diagnosis (2) request and/or negotiate for accommodations needed to be professionally... more

A qualitative exploration of motivation for physical activity: A stakeholder perspective

08/16/2021
I am interested in learning what motivates young autistic people from their own perspective. Many people on the autism spectrum have special interests which they are highly motivated to do. I want to know what makes them so motivating. I am also interested in the motivation for exercise and sport. The study will be online interviews (Microsoft... more

Psychopathology and Sensory Symptoms in Adult Women with ASD and Gastrointestinal Dysfunction

08/13/2021
This study seeks to recruit adult autistic women, with and without medical/gastrointestinal complications. Participants need to have an established/documented history of of ASD. The research battery will include a brief interview and a series of psychometric and interview measures. Participation is remote will require 2-3 hours in total.... more

Sex Differences in the Traits and Diagnosis of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder(s)

08/13/2021
This study will examine the differences between males ad females in the traits and diagnosis of ASD by using a series of 13 questions. Through a collection of survey responses, it is my hope that I will find more traits that can be changed/added to the diagnostic criteria for ASD so that it is more inclusive to those who aren't male and who don't... more

Brain network dynamics contributing to atypical social interaction in autism

08/09/2021
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 that have participated in the past have found our studies to be interesting, educational and fun! The study would require four visits (2 virtual,... more

Treatment Preferences in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anxiety

08/06/2021
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine are interested in understanding parent's treatment preferences and perspectives for anxiety treatment in their children with ASD. This study involves a brief, online, anonymous questionnaire about your thoughts and feelings toward treatment options available for your child. Through this study, we... more

ASD Adult Imaging Study

08/06/2021
The Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai is seeking participants for a research study to help understand sensory and perceptual functioning in adults with autism spectrum disorder. The study will involve all non-invasive tasks, which may include computer testing, electroencephalography (EEG), and/or an fMRI. Diagnostic and clinical testing will... more

Autism Spectrum Disorder Families

08/06/2021
We are interested in the experiences of parents, guardians, and caretakers of an individual with ASD through the diagnosis process and how your family communicates within and outside of the family. Participation involves: - Taking a short demographic questionnaire - Sharing your story with an interviewer for about 45-60 minutes via Zoom or... more

Developing Supports to Address Mental Health Needs of Autistic Students in Postsecondary Education

08/06/2021
Researchers at Rutgers University are recruiting autistic students and their parents/guardians for a semester-long research study to evaluate a self-guided intervention designed to support the emotional well-being of autistic students enrolled in Postsecondary Education (PSE). You may be eligible if you: - Are 18 years or older - Are accepted... more

Members of the Disability Community and their Perceptions of Disability Representation in the Media

07/19/2021
Do you Enjoy Watching and Talking about Television and Movies with People? If you do, please consider joining this research study. In this study, you will be watching a media representation that features a character with your disability, and then participating in a focus group with other individuals with the same disability to talk about what... more

Avatars in Education

07/19/2021
The purpose of this research is to examine the impact of processing information in online learning. Largely, this research will explore the effects of perceived anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics) on information processing in online learning environments, for typically developed individuals and those with Autism Spectrum... more

TEAMS Program (Targeted Education for Autism Management across Medical Specialties)

07/09/2021
Harvard Medical School (HMS) is creating innovative training programs for clinicians, as well as patient and family resources to improve healthcare for all adults with ASD. The TEAMS Program (Targeted Education for Autism Management across Medical Specialties), is all about transitions, from pediatric care to adult care, across medical... more

Understanding camouflaging/ masking in autistic adults

07/07/2021
What is this research study about? This research study aims to better understand camouflaging/masking by autistic people. We want to better understand the psychological and social experiences that may affect whether and how much autistic adults camouflage/ mask. We also hope to explore and better understand the relationship between camouflaging/... more

Employment Experiences and Accommodations

07/06/2021
The purpose of this study is to understand the ways in which autistic employees communicate about their private information when they (1) notify their employer about their autism diagnosis (2) request and/or negotiate for accommodations needed to be professionally successful. You may be eligible if: (1) You are 18 years of age or older (2) You... more

Parental Teaching of Theory of Mind in Children of Color with Autism

07/06/2021
I am a graduate student at Miami University conducting a study on children of color with autism and theory of mind for my master's thesis, and I am having trouble recruiting participants. I am hoping you could help me with the recruitment. The research will examine what types of parental perspective-taking teachings are most effective in... more

Evaluation of a brief, telehealth intervention to support emotional distress of autistic adults during COVID-19

07/01/2021
Researchers at Rutgers University are recruiting autistic adults for a research study to evaluate a brief telehealth intervention designed to support coping with negative emotions during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be eligible if you: - Are at least 18 years old - Have a previous diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder - Have an... more

autistic adult’s reflections on how their autistic identity was shared with them

07/01/2021
Hello, My name is Caryn, I’m at UCL the UK. We are doing a participatory research project. We have more autistics than non autistics on our team! Our research is about autistic adult’s reflections on how their autistic identity was shared with them & subsequently spoken about in their households as children. We hope to inform parents... more

Making the VIA Character Strengths Survey Easy to Use

06/24/2021
Do you have a developmental or intellectual disability? We want to learn from you! We are doing interviews with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities so we can learn how to make a survey easy to use for people with disabilities. This survey can help doctors, therapists, and other people who work in healthcare learn about your... more

AZORES – ALL IN BLUE : Touristic Needs of Families with Children with ASD

06/24/2021
This research is supporting a larger project, AZORES – ALL IN BLUE (https://azoresallinblue.pt/home-eng.html), designed to promote inclusive tourism, particularly tailored for families with ASD children, in the Azores islands, Portugal. The Azores are a safe, sustainable, and non-mass tourism European destination in the middle of the... more

The role of self-determination and parental support in the participation of transition planning among transition-age youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

06/21/2021
Online study for adolescents/young adults with ASD (including Asperger’s) and their parents! Researchers from the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology are conducting an online research study to learn more about the role of self-determination and perceived parental autonomy support on adolescents’/young adults’... more

Investigating Depressive Symptomatology in Adolescents with ASD and ADHD

06/21/2021
Who can participate? In the online study Investigating Depressive Symptomatology in Adolescents with ASD and ADHD, we are investigating the overlapping symptoms between depression and developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD. We are looking for adolescents both with and without depression and with and without ASD or ADHD between the ages of... more

Reweaving the Web: Treating Adolescents with CBT and OBH

06/17/2021
The purpose of this randomized control study is to examine various behavioral, social, and emotional changes that result from engaging in an OBH and CBT treatment program designed for adolescents. The purpose of the surveys is to obtain information regarding adolescent’s behavioral, social and emotional state to measure the effectiveness of the... more

Team IEP: A cloud application to improve transition outcomes for ASD youth through iterative, collaborative and synchronized implementation of transition…

06/15/2021
The Autism Institute at Drexel University is doing a research study that involves developing and designing an application to improve transition-based outcomes for autistic youth and young adults ages 13-29. This virtual tool is designed to help autistic individuals meet their life goals by engaging autistic youth/young adults, their... more

Autism and the Usability of User Interfaces ContainingAnimations

06/11/2021
This research focuses on the usability of websites containing animations on autistic people compared to non-autistic users. In addition, it will contribute knowledge to the human-computer interaction (HCI) research community and inform web designers on how to build more accessible websites that support the autistic community. The research... more

Social behavior in children with disruption to the social brain: Does social communication play a role?

06/11/2021
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are looking to recruit parents/caregivers of children between the ages of 6-18 years old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. About This Study: Your involvement will be approximately 45-60 minutes, and is completely virtual. You will be compensated with a gift-card for your time! This is a study to... more

Developing a tool to measure meltdowns and shutdowns in autistic adults

06/09/2021
We are interested in creating a tool that can be used by clinicians to learn more about meltdowns and shutdowns when working with adults on the autism spectrum. We are looking for adults (age 18 years or older) who believe they are on the spectrum (may be formally or self-diagnosed) to share your experiences with meltdowns and shutdowns with... more

Sexuality and Relationship Education

06/09/2021
In our lab, we are currently studying a sexuality education program developed specifically for teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are looking for participants between 13 and 17 years old, with a diagnosis of ASD/Asperger’s syndrome to take our 18-week course sessions. Their caregivers/guardians will need to consent for them in a... more

autistic adults’ childhood experiences of discussing autism within their households

06/09/2021
To whom it may concern, My name is Caryn, I’m at UCL the UK. We are doing a participatory research project. We have more autistics than non autistics on our team! Our research is about autistic adult’s reflections on how their autistic identity was shared with them & subsequently spoken about in their households as children. We hope... more

Bullying of Neurodivergent Teens During COVID-19

06/01/2021
Researchers at Binghamton University are looking for 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗗𝗛𝗗 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 (𝗶.𝗲., 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝟭𝟭-𝟭𝟵) 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼... more

The impact of online communities on the experiences of support and perceived well-being in Autistic and non-Autistic adults.

05/28/2021
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION A research study is being conducted at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) by Karolina Depta as part of her MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology dissertation project, supervised by Dr Aida Malovic. Background Over the recent years the availability and ease of access to online support groups has increased.... more

Impact of Sleep Quality on Romantic Relationships among Adults with and without Autism

05/28/2021
Hello, I am Sabrin Daoud. As part of my Psychology Masters dissertation at Regent’s University, London, I am undertaking a study on sleep and romantic relationships. I am exploring the impact of sleep quality in young adults and how it affects the quality of their romantic relationships. The study is being supervised by Dr. Anna Joyce... more

Research and Development

05/27/2021
To study and model how virtual reality (VR) can be used to increase access to and broaden participation in STEM learning, we are designing and researching a VR STEM-based mystery game for and with neurodiverse learners, particularly ones with sensory, attention, and social (anxiety) differences. The game, Mission to Europa Prime, is set on an... more

Exploring autism-related language preferences across the globe

05/26/2021
Summary Our study aims to further our understanding of autism-related language preferences of autistic people across the globe. This is because it's really important for the world to know how is best to talk about autism. Who can participate? All autistic adults (aged 18 +) are eligible to participate. Please note that people without a formal... more

Developing a diagnosis-specific training and treatment protocol for youth with autism spectrum disorder admitted to acute general psychiatry units.

05/24/2021
Upon admittance to the hospital, individuals with autism seeking psychiatric treatment often receive inadequate care, longer hospital stays, and barriers in communication. Sensory needs are rarely met and readmission rates for the same problem are higher than the general population. Through this research, we will be developing a staff training... more

INFACT: The Inclusion of Neurodiversity in Foundations and Applications of Computational Thinking

05/21/2021
INFACT is a comprehensive teaching and learning program for learners in grades 3-8. Focused Sequences allow learners to explore the foundations and applications of computational thinking (CT). INFACT was designed to leverage the assets and support the challenges faced by neurodiverse learners (ND) (e.g., ADHD, autism, or dyslexia), but the... more

Autism and the Workplace: Investigating sensory issues in autistic workers

05/17/2021
This study aims to understand what physical characteristics of the workplace (such as lighting, noise, smell, etc.) are problematic for autistic workers. Moreover, the study also aims to understand what happens when these workers feel capable of controlling their environment and how that affects their work and their beliefs about... more

Investigating the Role of Parental Attributions in Early Interventions for Autism

05/13/2021
We would like to invite parents or primary caregivers of a child between 3 years to 6 years of age with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis to participate in a brief online survey. The purpose is to better understand how parents’ understanding of their child’s behavior relates to their feelings about different types of autism treatment... more

Frequency of “Irritability Episodes” in ASD Adults

05/13/2021
A market research company, Market Vision has asked for input from Caregivers regarding a short confidential diary tracking the baseline frequency of irritability episodes- whether they are meltdowns, verbal or physical incidents for ASD in ADULTS (18+). They are doing it for a client pharma company that is planning a clinical trial for new agent... more

of Study Mental Health Professionals who Counsel Neurodiverse Couples

05/10/2021
This is a qualitative study using grounded theory to investigate how mental health professionals counsel neurodiverse couples. The study is looking at the social processes the mental health professional uses to generate, develop and provide therapy to their neurodiverse clients. The purpose of the study is to explore and identify factors used by... more

Examining the impact of service disruption and changes to quality of life during covid 19 on the mental health and…

05/04/2021
We now have full ethical approval (2021_04_16_EHS) and we are looking for participants. Please consider taking this short anonymous online survey. Thank you. Link here: https://unioflimerick.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NcZc91zQGUk6jQ See Information Sheet Below Information Sheet Thank you for considering to participate in this research... more

The Effect of In-Home ABA Therapy on Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

04/28/2021
Siblings (ages eight and above) of an individual who has been diagnosed with ASD (aged 4-18) and have received at least 6 months of in-home ABA treatment in the last two years are invited to share their experiences. Participating siblings must have lived at home during their sibling’s ABA therapy treatment. In addition, participating siblings... more

Financial Knowledge

04/27/2021
We are interested in how much those with autism handle their financial related tasks, their financial literacy, how anxious they feel about financial issues, and their preferences for receiving financial education. This is an online survey study for those 18 years old and above. It should take 20-30 minutes to complete the survey and you will be... more

Pandemic work conditions as safe haven: How do communication media influence employees on the autism spectrum?

04/26/2021
The scope of this study is to find out how people on the autistic spectrum can be supported in their professional life. Considering the current pandemic, the option of working from home (or the so-called Home Office) has become increasingly popular. I would like to find out whether the use of different forms of communication media can influence... more

Stress, coping, and support needs in caregivers of gender-diverse children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and gender-diverse children with…

04/26/2021
Are you the parent or caregiver of a person who is gender-diverse and/or has ASD level 1? We need your help to increase understanding of caregiver experience and support needs. Some research suggests that people with ASD are more likely to be gender-diverse than the general population1. Parents of gender-diverse children with ASD may have... more

Parent and Service Provider Perspectives of Linguistically Diverse ABA Treatment for Children with Autism

04/26/2021
New IRB approved study, funded and supported by San Diego State University’s Special Education department, is gathering information from both parents/guardians and providers in the field of ABA receiving and conducting services. This research is seeking to gather valued information about current use and perspectives of linguistically diverse... more

INTEROCEPTIVE MECHANISMS SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL DEFICITS IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

04/23/2021
We are seeking participants for a study on how physiological responses and the perception of those internal changes can alter emotional experiences. For participation, you will be compensated for your time (one session of 1h15min) with $10/hr. Participation will be in person at Rutgers University and strict COVID safety protocols will be followed... more

The Airport Experience for Individuals with Autism and their Caregivers

04/21/2021
My name is Aisha Faulkner and I am a recent occupational therapy graduate working on a research project. I am researching the airport experience in the United States for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families or caregivers and I would love to hear about your experiences. Your answers will help increase the number of... more

Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Grounded Theory Study

04/21/2021
My Study, titled “Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Grounded Theory Study” will investigate how autistic young adults describe learning social skills and friendship-building through participation in tabletop role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons. The purpose of this study is to develop a theory... more

Quality of life, Social support, Caregiver Burden, and Stigma of Caregivers for Children and Teens with ASD

04/16/2021
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder has drastically increased within the last two decades. Depending on the severity of the condition, caregivers may be severely impacted by the diagnosis. While previous research demonstrates pervasive challenges for caregivers in terms of quality of life, caregiver burden, affiliate stigma, and informal... more

Self-compassion and emotion regulation

04/13/2021
Self-compassion is a healthy way of relating to ourselves. Self-compassion involves being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or being too self-critical. Research has shown a strong relationship between self-compassion and mental health and wellbeing. However, no research... more

Leveraging Technology to Assess Caregiver Quality of Life

04/09/2021
Are you a primary caregiver of a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Are you between the ages of 20 and 60? Is your child between the ages of 3 and 10? Do you own a cellularly enabled device (e.g., Apple or Android)? You are being invited to participate in a research study titled Leveraging Technology to Assess Caregiver Stress... more

Parental Teaching of Perspective-Taking and Theory of Mind in Children of Color with Autism

04/09/2021
The Harris Parent-Child Interaction Lab is conducting a study on parental teaching of perspective-taking and theory of mind ability in children of color with autism. The researcher would like to recruit African American, Asian American, or Latino parents and their child with a verifiable diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The child must be... more

Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Grounded Theory Study

04/07/2021
I am a doctoral candidate at Capella University. I am conducting a dissertation study, entitled, “Social Learning Among Autistic Young Adult Table-top Role Players: A Qualitative Study.” This study will examine how autistic youth describe making friendships and increasing social skills through participating in tabletop role-playing games such... more

Social and Nonsocial Decision Making in Autism

04/07/2021
The purpose of this research is to identify cognitive models of social and non-social decision making that may predict the treatment outcomes for people with autism. We will investigate social and non-social decision making in children, adolescents, and adults with and without autism on the behavioral and neural levels. We will use several... more

Examining the impact of service disruption and changes to quality of life during covid 19 on the mental health and…

04/05/2021
The aim of this study is to inform our understanding of the impact of service disruption during the Covid pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing for Autistic Young Adults. We also hope to identify what supports are most needed at this time. With the COVID-19 pandemic, those with existing vulnerabilities including Autistic young adults had to... more

Sleep quantity and quality for people with mucopolysaccharidosis and autism

03/30/2021
The study was constructed to answer questions about sleep quantity and sleep quality for people with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) and with autism. This project is intended to help delineate the sleep issues and their relationship to health problems, as well as compare sleep to people with autism. The study involves completion of an online... more

Experiences and impact of anxiety on activities and participation from the perspectives of autistic adults

03/30/2021
Anxiety and worry are commonly experienced by autistic adults. These experiences of anxiety and worry can impact your ability to participate and engage in life in the way you want to. We want to understand your experiences of anxiety and worry and how anxiety and worry impact your participation in day to day life. Can I... more

Treatment of Trauma in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder using EMDR Therapy

03/25/2021
Researchers at The Johnson Center are seeking adults 18 and older with autism to participate in a study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether EMDR therapy is effective in treating symptoms of traumatic or adverse experiences in adults with autism. What is required? * Eight weekly 1-hour EMDR sessions at The Johnson Center office *... more

The Relationship Among Quality of Life, Informal Social Support, Affiliate Stigma, and Caregiver Burden of Minority Caregivers of Children with…

03/19/2021
Based on current literature, no studies have assessed the associated and correlative relationships between affiliate stigma, social support, caregiver burden, and quality of life among minority caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder in the U.S. The purpose of this study is to investigate and address this gap. The researchers... more

Yale Robots for Adults with ASD

03/15/2021
We’ve developed a robot to provide efficient and relevant training to improve users’ tolerance to interruptions. Your participation in this study involves responding to several types of interruptions initiated by our in-home social robot during a 2-hour window per day, for at least 7 days. We will be paying participants $15 per day of active... more

Why does my adolescent sometimes lash out?

03/15/2021
Adolescence and early adulthood can be a really difficult time, especially for those with autism. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are studying why some adolescents report higher rates of aggression. We are looking for parents and primary caregivers of adolescents aged 11 to 21 years old (with or without a diagnosis of autism) to take... more

Parenting a child with Autism spectrum disorder; the impact of spirituality and support on parental burnout

03/15/2021
You are invited to take part in a research study that I am conducting as part of my Masters Research Project for the University of Derby. The study will be looking at the effects of spirituality, support and parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder in relation to parental burnout. Participation in this study is only for the following... more

Digital Helper Research Study

03/15/2021
What is the Digital Helper Research Study About? A Digital Helper is an avatar or digital character, like you see in video games. Digital Helpers help people with daily activities. We are interested in learning from teens and young adults on the autism spectrum what a Digital Helper should look like, sound like and what it should be able to do so... more

Who Knows You Best

03/15/2021
*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

Global Criminal Justice Survey

03/10/2021
An international team is working to explore issues and identify best practices around interactions between autistic individuals and criminal justice professionals. In order to learn more about interactions of autistic individuals with criminal justice professionals, we are releasing an anonymous (no information will be linked to you)... more

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

03/10/2021
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... more

Autism and Depression in Young Adults

03/03/2021
Autism and depression often occur together. However, not enough is known about this experience and how to best support autistic people who also have episodes of depression. This study is being done by Harper McKenzie and Eileen McBride from Emerson College, Boston. If you take part in the study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous... more

Sexuality and Relationship Research Study

03/03/2021
In our lab, we are currently studying a sexuality education program that developed specifically for teenagers with autism spectrum disorder. We are looking for participants between 13 to 17 years old, with a diagnosis of autism spectrum/Asperger’s syndrome to take our 18-week course sessions. Their caregivers/guardians will need to consent... more

Postsecondary Education Achievement and Employment Success in Autistic Adults

03/03/2021
We are learning about the experience of autistic adults in employment and post-high school (also called post-secondary or tertiary education) settings. We are reaching out to see if you’d be interested in participating in our research study. Study details: • Online survey takes approximately 30 minutes • Personal information will... more

Infant Social Motivation Study – Online

03/03/2021
The Marrus Lab at Washington University School of Medicine is recruiting infants/toddlers for the Social Motivation Project, a study of early childhood social development. The purpose of this study is to understand how social motivation, the human drive to attend to social information and engage in social interactions, is manifested in early... more

Sexuality and Relationship Research Study

02/19/2021
The aim of this study is to examine how the structure of the Tackling Teenage Training sexual education curriculum impacts satisfaction and outcomes (including knowledge, social connectedness, appropriate boundaries and sexual behaviors, social reciprocity). We will be providing free sexuality education programs for students. The class is... more

Autistic Adults’ Perspectives on Education and Intervention Services

02/19/2021
I am a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and I, along with a team of autistic and non-autistic researchers, am working on a study regarding autistic individuals' perspectives on intervention/education. Often intervention and education for autistic children is designed and implemented without any input from... more

The Quality of Life of Older Adults on the Autism Spectrum

02/17/2021
The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of older autistic adults (aged 50 years and older). The study asks first hand, "What are the social, emotional, mental, and physical quality of life experiences of autistic adults aged 50 years and older?" There are three parts of the study, a demographics survey, a quality of life... more

Factors that Impact Transition to Adulthood in Young Adults with Autism

02/17/2021
Researchers at Texas Woman's University Department of Occupational Therapy are conducting a survey to learn more about factors that impact transition to adulthood in young adults with autism. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young adult with Autism level I, Asperger’s Syndrome, or High Functioning Autism, ages 18 to 26 and are... more

Spectrum for Life Interconnected Surveys

02/16/2021
Principal Investigator: T. A. Meridian McDonald, PhD Description: You are invited to participant in online studies about topics that affect the lives of adults on the autism spectrum. These survey studies will help us better understand what affects outcomes for adults on the autism spectrum. To do this, we will ask you to complete surveys... more

Healthcare-based Evidence-driven Communication for Autism

02/16/2021
We are a group of high-school student researchers developing an app to alleviate some potential communication challenges for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We would like this app to reflect the needs of the Autism community. In order to create a tool that can help everyone, we’ve created a survey to gauge the... more

Brain and behavioral changes over time in young children with autism

02/16/2021
Do you have concerns about your child’s development, social and/or language skills that may be related to autism? The Child Mind Institute’s Autism Center, located in New York, NY, is currently recruiting participants for a NIMH-funded study on the relationship between brain development and behavior in young children. Participation in... more

Healthcare-based Evidence-driven Communication for Autism

02/10/2021
We are a group of high-school student researchers developing an app to alleviate some potential communication challenges for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We would like this app to reflect the needs of the Autism community. In order to create a tool that can help everyone, we’ve created a survey to gauge the... more

How satisfied are individuals with ASD when receiving care in office-based healthcare settings such as doctor’s offices, emergency departments, dentist…

02/09/2021
The purpose of this study is to examine the satisfaction level of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during their encounters in healthcare settings in order to learn how the individual’s care can be improved by facilities and physicians during treatment. Graduate students in the Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program at... more

Exploring autistic adults’ perspectives of their own behaviors and interests

02/09/2021
Researchers from Rutgers University are recruiting autistic adults for a research study to learn their perspectives on their interests and behaviors. Participants in the study will be asked to complete a set of online questionnaires. Some participants will then be invited to participate in a videoconference interview. In order to... more

The Role of Self-Determination and Perceived Parental Support in the Participation of Transition Planning Among Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum…

02/09/2021
This study is for both transition age youth with ASD (including Asperger’s) and their parents and has been approved by Illinois Institute of Technology's IRB (Approval # IRB-2021-14) Researchers from the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology are conducting an online research study to learn more about the role of... more

Nationwide App-based Mindfulness Intervention for Adults with Autism

02/08/2021
Adults with ASD often experience depression and anxiety symptoms which can affect quality of life. Participants will attend daily meditation sessions using the Ten Percent Happier Mobile Application for 10 minutes/day for 8 consecutive weeks. Our research aims: to assess the therapeutic potential of an app-delivered mindfulness meditation in... more

Stress reduction intervention in Phoenix, Arizona for adults with ASD

02/08/2021
Adults with ASD often experience depression and anxiety symptoms which can affect quality of life. Participants will attend 8 weekly sessions involving stress-reduction education and social support that have reduced depresssion in adults with ASD. Our research aims to understand brain functioning before and after stress-reduction classes to... more

Chinese American Parents’ Perspectives on ASD Education

02/08/2021
The study aims to investigate the attitudes and comments of Chinese American parents towards the cultural Sensitivity of the intervention methods and educational materials that their children with autism received. It also analyzes the experiences of Chinese American parents over stereotypes and stigma in Chinese culture related to... more

IEP Services for ASD Across Communities

02/08/2021
We are launching a study to examine the potential discrepancies in Individualized Education Programs (IEP) of students with Autism across school districts with populations of families with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. With this information we hope to identify service patterns that are inconsistently offered and how COVID-19 has... more

Exploring the experiences of parents who have children with ASD transitioning to adulthood

02/08/2021
Abstract The focus of current research for children with autism spectrum disorder transitioning to adulthood addresses the negative outcomes in employment, postsecondary education, socialization, community integration, and financial effects from the parent perspective. Currently there is little known about the parent experiences of transitioning... more

Are parent’s motivational needs being met by the education system during COVID-19

02/01/2021
This survey intends to explore whether parents’ needs were being met within their children’s education, during COVID-19. How long will the online survey take to complete? Approximately 10 minutes Do I have to take part? This survey is voluntary and you can withdraw at any point, without giving a reason. This survey intends to explore... more

Development and Pilot Study of a sensory diet ios application for occupational therapists and caregivers of children with Autism

02/01/2021
Hello, My name is Jane Min and I am an occupational therapy doctorate student at the USAHS. I was hoping to reach out to see if I would be able to use your platform in search of caregivers/parents of children with ASD and occupational therapists who may be interested in testing my newly created app. Currently, I am working towards beta testing... more

Camouflaging and Quality of Life in Autistic Adults

02/01/2021
My name is Sophie Manevich and I am a fourth-year graduate student in La Salle University’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program. I am currently recruiting adults on the autism spectrum to participate in a research study which focuses on quality of life and social behaviors. Please consider distributing this to autistic adults who you work with,... more

Understanding Sexuality and Community Participation in Adults on the Autism Spectrum

02/01/2021
We are looking for LGBTQIA+ Autistic adults to participate in a research study on inclusion. Please complete a brief survey about yourself and participate in either an interview or focus group to answer questions about your identity and community participation. You can participate whenever/wherever is convenient for you and receive a $25 gift... more

Siblings FORWARD: Focusing on Relationships, Wellbeing, and Responsibilities aheaD.

02/01/2021
Researchers at Boston University are looking for adult siblings with a family member on the autism spectrum to provide feedback on a new program. The Siblings FORWARD program was designed to help siblings work with their family to plan for the future. Study Description: - One group of siblings will participate in the Siblings FORWARD program,... more

Young Adults with Autism and Social Media Use

01/22/2021
If you are an adult (18-40 years old) and diagnosed with autism, you are invited to complete an anonymous survey about the use of social media. The purpose of the study is to evaluate individual characteristics and features of social media platforms that support online engagement. website:... more

Usability of the Quality of Life for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Scale

01/22/2021
Researchers at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and the University of South Carolina are conducting a study to examine the usability and measurement properties of the Quality of Life for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder scale. They would like to invite parents or caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate... more

Project CRUSH

01/19/2021
The purpose of the study is to learn what factors (if any) impact the ability of adults on the autism spectrum to gain and use knowledge about dating and sexual relationships. Our goal is to work with adults on the spectrum to develop a new knowledge- and skills-based training program to meet their specific sexual health and dating needs. It is... more

Decision making processes in Autism Spectrum Disorder

01/19/2021
The study goal is to examine decision-making processes in the neurotypical and neurodivergent population. The study poses no risk or harm. In this study, you will be asked to upload the certificate of your autism diagnosis. This will be followed by an experiment in which you’ll perform several decision-making tasks and complete some... more

Preferences for Person-First Language (PFL) and Identity-First Language (IFL) within the Autism Community

01/19/2021
Research in the Speech-Language Pathology department of Midwestern University is conducting a survey for individuals in the autism community. Who can participate: Students and adults (ages 14+) with autism and parents or caregivers of autistic individuals. What will you do: Complete a 25-question online survey that will ask questions... more

Leucovorin for the Treatment of Language Impairment in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

01/19/2021
The Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting a study investigating the safety and effectiveness of a medication called leucovorin to improve language in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participants must be between ages 5 and 12, with an autism spectrum disorder. This study will include several visits to the MGH Lurie Center.... more

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

01/13/2021
Drexel Autism Institute is seeking young adults 18+ who are in their last year of high school (graduating Spring 2021) or who are experiencing their first year post high school. We’re also looking to recruit caregivers and providers working with young adults to participate in the study. For more information, check out the flyer. If you are a... more

Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

01/13/2021
The purpose of this study is to investigate why some parents of children with ASD are more stressed than others despite experiencing similar ASD-related stressors. The findings of this project could lead to the proposal of targeted interventions to support families and facilitate family functioning. If you are a parent of a child with Autism... more

Protective Factors of Gender Diverse Autistic Youth

01/11/2021
Researchers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst are working on a research study to learn about gender diverse autistic youth (ages 13 through 17), and the potential protective factors associated with their psychological well-being and life satisfaction. The factors of interest include school, community, family, peer, personal wellness and... more

Investigation of Neuroinflammation in Autism using MR-PET

01/11/2021
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 autistic adults’ perspectives of their own behaviors and interests.

12/14/2020
Researchers from Rutgers University are recruiting autistic adults for a research study to learn their perspectives on their interests and behaviors. Participants in the study will be asked to complete a set of online questionnaires. Some participants will then be invited to participate in a videoconference interview. Website:... more

Solution Talk with Parents of Children with Autism

12/14/2020
We are researching ways to support parents of children with with Autism. The purpose of this study is to support parents during the pandemic and provide a strength based and solution focused group for them to enhance their coping strategies and reduce their stress. We are hoping to work with parents to build solutions for themselves and their... more

Making a survey about personality strengths

12/11/2020
We are doing interviews with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities so we can learn how to make a survey easy to use for people with disabilities. This survey can help doctors, therapists, and other people who work in healthcare learn about your strengths. We want to know: Is the survey easy to use? Do you like taking... more

Assessing Views on Genetic Testing in Autism

12/11/2020
We are researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and would like to invite people with autism to participate in a confidential interview as part of a research study. If you decide to participate, we would ask about your views on autism and its causes. as well as on your daily life experiences and plans for the future. The interview... more

Disclosure and workplace accommodations for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions

12/04/2020
Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) are significantly underemployed, with recent estimates of community-based employment at 20.2%. Approximately one-third of people with IDD also have a co-occurring mental health condition. The population of young adults with IDD and co-occurring mental health conditions (YA with IDD-MH)... more

Assessing the Impact of Textural Selectivity and Tactile Sensitivity on children with and without autism

11/30/2020
Hi there! My name is Amy Andes, I am a PhD student at Ohio State studying food science, but specifically I study food texture aversions in children with autism. I have an opportunity for children with autism to be in my paid research study. It is for children aged 10-15 with a diagnosis of autism. One requirement is that they are able to talk... more

Access to Autism Services via IEP

11/30/2020
We are launching a study to examine the potential discrepancies in Individualized Education Programs (IEP) of students with autism across school districts with populations of families with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. With this information we hope to identify service patterns that are inconsistently offered and how COVID-19 has... more

An Exploration of Guardianship: A Qualitative Study

11/24/2020
My name is Rachel Minkoff, LMSW and I am a doctoral candidate at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I am requesting your participation in a study about the motivations for selecting legally defined guardianship or its alternatives and the observed mental health characteristics of the individual thereafter. The purpose of the... more

Identifying socially valid content and intervention features for sexuality and sexual health education for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities

11/24/2020
We are doing a survey to learn about how to make sexual health education fun, comfortable, and helpful for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. We are recruiting teachers and other people who work in schools, family members, and young adults with disabilities to take this survey. Here are links for... more

Transcending the Transition Plan

11/24/2020
Hello! My name is Andrea Benatar. I am a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University studying design, and I am currently conducting research on improving transition options and access to necessary resources for young adults with autism once aged out of high school. With so many students who have developmental disabilities placed on eternal... more

Differences in interpersonal reactivity

11/20/2020
My name is Maciej Matejko, I am an MA student of English linguistics at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. For my MA project, I conduct a study in which I investigate differences in how neurotypical and autistic people feel and think in different situations. Both autistic and non-autistic people over the age of 18 are invited to fill... more

Autistic Adults’ Perspectives on Education and Intervention Services

11/16/2020
My research team (which consists of a group of both autistic and neurotypical graduate students) is looking for autistic adults to participate in a survey study regarding their perspectives on education/intervention. Here are some details: Oftentimes, intervention and education for autistic children is designed and implemented without any... more

Responding to Art

11/16/2020
My name is Ellie Grossman and I am a second-year student in the Developmental Psychology program at the CUNY Grad Center and an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn College. Right now, I am conducting a research project to look at how college students with autism respond to art. The study involves looking at a series of paintings and answering questions... more

Racial and Age Disparities in Autism Service and Support

11/10/2020
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED for a study on racial and age disparities in autism services and social support! If you are a caregiver of an adolescent or adult on the autism spectrum (ages 16-30) who has lived with you for at least the past 12 months, please consider completing the brief (about 10 min) SURVEY linked below , and feel free to share with... more

Improving employment Outcomes for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

11/03/2020
Hello, my name is Bari Eisenhauer and I am a doctoral student in the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University. I am conducting a study to explore the relationship between social skills and vocational programming in high school and employment after graduation for young adults with an autism diagnosis. I am inviting... more

Parent-Led Cognitive Behavioral Teletherapy For Anxiety in Youth with ASD

11/03/2020
Are you the parent of a child aged 7 to 13 with anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Texas? Join a free treatment study! What is this study about? Baylor College of Medicine is conducting a research study that provides free treatment for anxiety designed to fit the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder in Texas (ages 7-13 years... more

Evaluation of a brief, telehealth intervention to support emotional distress of autistic adults during COV

10/07/2020
This study is to test a new, brief telehealth intervention aimed at helping adults cope during times of stress. The study length is approximately 12 weeks, where participants will complete questionnaires about their social and emotional functioning, create an Emotional Support Plan (ESP), and engage in weekly check-in meetings for 8 weeks with a... more

The Effects of COVID 19 on the cardiovascular (heart health) health of children with ASD

10/06/2020
The questionnaire entitle: effect of Covid 19 on the cardiovascular health of children with ASD has been approved by the ethics Committee at I.T Carlow, Ireland. The questionnaire will be filled out by parents of children with ASD and will consist of questions asking relating to them and their child. Within the questionnaire they will be asked... more

Understanding experiences of work and unemployment for individuals with Autistic Spectrum

10/01/2020
My name is Iona Mason, and I am a Geography student from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow conducting a study for an Honours Geography Degree. The study examines the experiences of the workplace/ being unemployed of people with autism. The main aims and objectives are: • To find out if employment... more

Exploring autistic adults’ perspectives of their own behaviors and interests.

09/28/2020
Researchers from Rutgers University are recruiting autistic adults for a research study to learn their perspectives on their interests and behaviors. Participants in the study will be asked to complete a set of online questionnaires. Some participants will then be invited to participate in a videoconference interview. website:... more

Age, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Autism Services and Support

09/28/2020
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED for a study on racial and age disparities in autism services and social support! If you are a caregiver of an adolescent or adult on the autism spectrum who has lived with you for at least the past 12 months, please consider completing this brief (10 min) SURVEY (linked below) , and feel free to share with other families who... more

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