Research Studies


Research Studies

A note for parents/caregivers and Autistic individuals interested in participating: 

The following studies below are seeking participants! Some of these studies are a small time commitment and are research-based questionnaires only, while other studies may take place over a few months and include therapy, parent/caregiver training or coaching, or some other form of Autism support, therapy, or guidance. A few studies may involve compensation or a chance to get a gift card, which will be noted below.

Researchers: Do you want to post a study?

Please read our information on how to post a study here: https://tinyurl.com/StudyAST

The Autism Society of Texas has no affiliation with the organizations below and does not endorse or approve studies. All questions and concerns about studies should be directed to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or the poster of the study. Thank you!

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Featured Studies are shared monthly on AST social media main pages with a featured study graphic

Featured Studies

The following organizations have made a donation to the Autism Society of Texas to be included in our “Featured Studies” section. We are grateful for donations that support our staff time and help us assist the Texas Autism community!

University of Houston

The purpose of this study is to examine the experiences of children with autism during their transition into kindergarten in order to learn more about how to best support systems collaboration between the home and school setting for children with autism spectrum disorder. Link to survey: https://coeuh.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ULFCQuRRKUxO3I

Time required for the study: 15 minutes

Participants have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing for 1 of 30, $20 WalMart Gift Cards.

My name is Emily Jellinek-Russo and I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in School Psychology at the University of Houston and I specialize in working with children with autism and their caregivers. I am currently recruiting caregivers of children with autism to provide their perspectives on their child’s kindergarten experience for part of my dissertation study.

The purpose of this research project is to help support systems collaboration between the home and school setting for children with autism spectrum disorder, in order to maximize outcomes for children with autism when they enter kindergarten and throughout schooling. I am looking for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder whose child attended kindergarten in the past 5 years to fill out an online survey about their child’s kindergarten experience. Caregivers can be English or Spanish speaking. This project has been approved by the University of Houston Institutional Review Board 713-743-9204. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at ejellinek@uh.edu. Your perspectives and experiences are highly valued!

University of Wyoming CARES Lab

The purpose of this study is a pilot study to evaluate trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for Autistic youth (ages 10-17), and to get their and their caregivers’ feedback on the program. Link to apply: https://uwyo.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6fb5RfxaoY6y38W

End date of study enrollment period is November 11, 2022

Time required for the study: All meetings are on Zoom. First, you complete 2 virtual intake visits (1.5 hours each), and then ~1-hour virtual TF-CBT session per week for about 3 months. We then check in with you (~1 hour) 1 month and 6 months after you complete the program.

Participants may receive up to $400 in Amazon gift cards over the course of the study.

Autistic youth (ages 10-17) who have experienced trauma/stress and their caregivers are invited to participate in a research study that provides trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) at no cost via HIPAA-secure Zoom. After two intake sessions, TF-CBT is provided once a week for around 3 months. We also ask for your feedback, and meet with you 1 and 6 months after therapy is complete, to see whether the program has helped you. Families may receive up to $400 over the course of the study. All meetings are virtual. Please sign up at the link, or email christina.mcdonnell@uwyo.edu — thank you!

Baylor College of Medicine

Learning to Understand and Navigate Anxiety (LUNA): 12-week Parent-led, Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy study to treat anxiety in children with Autism. Link to apply: https://bcmpsych.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_264wxHBxTeyMPWK or email the study coordinators at anxietyandasd@bcm.edu

End date of study enrollment period is February 28, 2023

Time required for the study: 1-3 hours per week for 12 weeks

Participants will be compensated between $80-$120

We are conducting a research study that provides free treatment for anxiety designed to fit the needs of children with Autism spectrum disorder (aged 7 – 15 years old). This study provides a treatment known as internet-based, parent-led cognitive behavioral therapy where parents play an active role in their child’s treatment. Treatment is delivered entirely online over the course of 12 weeks where both the parent and child work through a series of modules and materials while also receiving weekly therapist support to learn to manage and overcome the child’s anxieties. To be eligible, participants must live in the state of Texas, have an official ASD diagnosis, and be able to communicate verbally (speak in full sentences).

More information can be found here.

University of Texas at Austin

Sibwatch

To understand when and how to provide early intervention for infant/toddlers with an increased risk for Autism. Link to apply: https://sites.utexas.edu/sibwatch/

Time required for the study: 1-3 hours per week for 6 months

End date of study enrollment period is June 1, 2024

Participants are compensated with materials for assessments, gift card, and report about your child’s development.

We are looking for infant/toddler siblings of children diagnosed with Autism. Siblings should be younger than 18 months old at We are looking for infant/toddler siblings of children diagnosed with autism. Siblings should be younger than 18 months old at time of enrollment, and have no formal diagnosis. All study activities are virtual and include regular developmental monitoring. Some parent participants will receive intervention strategies to support social communication development. Those who do not receive the intervention will have the opportunity to receive the intervention at the end of the study. A full developmental report will be provided for all participants.

Texas State University

Elegibilidad y servicios de educación especial. Póngase en contacto con mto20@txstate.edu para aplicar.

Fecha de finalización de la inscripción 31 de octubre de 2022.

Tiempo requerido para el estudio: 30 minutos a 60 minutos

Participantes no son compensados.

Yo, Michael Ota, estudiante de doctorado en la Universidad Estatal de Texas, junto con mi asesor de la facultad, el Dr. Melissa Martinez, estamos estudiando la historia de la negación de servicios y apoyos para el autismo en las escuelas públicas de Texas. Estamos interesados en ver si hay similitudes o diferencias en cómo a los estudiantes con autismo se les niega la evaluación o la elegibilidad para los servicios de educación especial. También estamos interesados en ver qué factores organizativos pueden estar contribuyendo a la negación de servicios.

Texas State University

To explore the cultural uniqueness of individual adults with autism. Link to apply: mto20@txstate.edu

End date of study enrollment period is June 30, 2022.

Time required for the study: 20 minutes

Participants are not compensated.

I, Michael Ota, a PhD student at Texas State University, along with my co-investigators, Dr. Robert Reardon, Dr. Hilary Lustick, Dr. Barry Aidman, and Dr. Miguel Guajardo, are studying the personal preferences of individuals with high functioning autism*. We are interested to see if there are any similarities in those preferences between individuals with high functioning autism. We are also interested to see if those preferences of individuals with high functioning autism are different from their family members.

*High functioning autism is a research and medical term.

Studies

Vanderbilt University

The purpose of this study is to learn about parents’ experiences with the transition from the hospital to the school for children with special health care needs.

End date of study enrollment period is November 21, 2022

Time required for the study: 10-15 minutes

Participants are not compensated.

We are looking to gather information on caregivers’ perspectives and experiences with the transition process from the hospital to the school for children with special health-care needs. The information may help in making suggestions to improve plans for going back to school after a hospital stay.

For more information email margaret.f.davis@vanderbilt.edu.

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

The purpose of this study is to identify the correlates between child, caregiver, and family-school partnership characteristics and the reports on school-home communication by caregivers of students with ASD.

End date of study enrollment period is September 1, 2022

Time required for the study: 20-30 minutes

Participants will be provided with resource sheets to aid with the facilitation of school-home communication.

Our research study aims to explore the perspectives of caregivers of children with autism in regard to their current school-home communication experiences. Your insight can help shape future interventions to support caregivers of children with Autism in regard to school-home communication. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a survey to delve more deeply into your experiences. The survey will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. The survey will include topics about school-home communication, family-school partnership, academic performance, and behavior outcomes.

Email Rex Li for more information: csli4@illinois.edu

Social Media and Friendships Studies

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The purpose of this study is to improve our understanding of Autistic friendship formation and the role of social media in this process. Participant age range: 18-30 year-olds. Link to apply: Young Adult (ASD) Consent Form

End date of study enrollment period is December 31, 2022.

Time required for the study: 2 hours over three days

Participants are not compensated.

This study is being conducted by a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and an Autistic graduate student. We are studying friendship in Autistic and non-Autistic people. We are specifically recruiting 18–30-year-olds who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you are Autistic and would be interested in talking with us about your friends, how you make friends, as well as participate in an interview with one of your friends, we would appreciate your participation.

Academic Studies

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Learning Lab

The purpose of this study is to assess the reading and writing profiles of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Link to apply: LEARNING LAB FOR INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

End date of study enrollment period is August 31, 2022.

Time required for the study: 2 hours

Participants are compensated $20 gift card.

Participants will complete a series of standardized reading, writing, and cognitive tasks that assess their literacy and learning skills. Participation is conducted entirely via Zoom and will take approximately two hours. Participation can be spread over multiple days if needed. Participants receive a $20 gift card for completing the study.

Sensory & Motor Behavior Studies

UCLA School of Psychology and Human Development

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between sticky thinking (repetitive thinking), stimming (repetitive behaviors), and mental health.

End date of study enrollment period is September 1, 2022.

Time required for the study: 1 hour

Participants are not compensated.

​This research study is examining sticky thinking (repetitive thoughts) and stimming (repetitive behaviors) and how they relate to mental health in autistic adults. We are hoping that results will help us understand the relationships between sticky thinking, stimming, and mental health in autistic people. This could inform therapies for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. We are looking for people who identify as autistic or as having autism (age 18+) to participate in an online survey consisting of several questionnaires. Individuals from all over the world are welcome to participate in this study.

If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, contact Elliot Gavin Keenan via email at egkeenan@ucla.edu

UTSA Park lab

The purpose of this study is to investigate sensory and motor behaviors in children with ASD.

End date of study enrollment period is December 31, 2022.

Time required for the study: 4 hours over a 2 day period

Participants will receive a $20 gift card per hour of participation.

Researchers at UTSA are conducting a study on sensory and motor behavior and autism. By learning more about perception and action in children, we aim to improve diagnosis and intervention for children with autism. Participation: Children 7-12 years old who are typically-developing OR with a diagnosis of ASD, full-term, No history of seizures, On or close to grade level academics. Children will play two video games that measure sensorimotor behavior & eye gaze & brain waves (EEG).

Speech Studies

We have no speech therapy study listings at this time! Studies coming soon!

Parent/Caregiver Coaching Studies

Studies coming soon!

Other Studies and Categories

Studies coming soon! Please check back as we will update studies monthly!