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

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!

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

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.

Parental Health/Perceptions and/or Family Health

Longview of Parenting & Health Study, The University of Texas at Austin

The purpose of the Long View of Parenting & Health project, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, is to talk with and hear from a diverse set of parents. The researchers want to better understand the rewards and challenges of parenting children from birth to adulthood and how these rewards and challenges promote and/or undermine parents’ health. Link to apply: jared.thorpe@utexas.edu

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

Time required for the study: 1.5 hours

Participants will receive a $20 gift card and selected participants will be invited for a 1-hour online interview with the project team and will receive a $60 gift card for participation.

Parents, we want to hear from you! Our research team from UT Austin is interested in interviewing parents who have raised children into adulthood under special circumstances, such as parents of adult children living with a disability. The purpose of the project, supported by the NIH, is to talk with and hear from a diverse set of parents. We want to better understand the rewards and challenges of parenting children from birth to adulthood.

The University of Texas at Austin

To understand parent perceptions of early autism risk for younger siblings of children on the autism spectrum Link to apply: Parent Sibling Survey

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

Time required for the study: 30 minutes

Participants will have a chance to win a $20 gift card

Dear parents, We need your help! We are conducting a survey study to better understand your perspectives about early intervention. If you have an infant/toddler with a sibling who has been diagnosed with autism, you may be eligible! Please reach out to Dr. Lauren Hampton if you have any questions: lauren.hampton@austin.utexas.edu Please feel free to forward this information or post on social media groups. Thank you so much for your help!

Sensory & Motor Behavior Studies

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!