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Autism Impact Measure

The purpose of this study is to develop an easy-to-use tool to track improvement of children with autism during ABA therapy and Social Competence Intervention. With a valid measure, we can examine the degree to which individuals’ core symptoms change or improve over time in response to different treatment strategies.


Social Ecology of autism

The purpose of this study is to learn more about disruptive behaviors in children and adolescents with ASD. This research is being done to understand more about risk factors for disruptive behaviors. We think that factors in youths’ environment (e.g., family, peer, and school factors) might be connected to disruptive behaviors. The results of this study will help us develop family-based treatments for youths with ASD.


Cerebellar Glutamatergic/GABAergic Signaling and Neocortical Projections in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The overall purpose of this study is to examine differences in brain chemical concentrations and connections within brain networks to determine how they are related to symptom presentation in individuals with autism spectrum disorder compared to those without autism.


Improving Healthcare Transition Planning and Health-related Independence for youth with ASD and their Families

The purpose of this study is explore health care transition and health related independence experience and needs of youth with ASD and their caregivers utilizing caregiver focus groups and individual interviews with youth with ASD. The goal is to identify key themes associated with health-related independence including, but not limited to self-care skills, safety, knowledge about diagnosis, and sexuality.


Interaction of Genetics and Stress on the Development of autism

The purpose of this study is to investigate the differences in DNA that are associated with stress and how they may contribute to the cause of ASD. This research is being done because at this time no one knows how autism develops. We think that genes and stress may work together in the development of some cases of ASD. We will be looking at how stress and other environmental factors, including diet, interact with one’s genetic makeup. This study will include surveys and a blood draw.