Studies Funded | Organization for Autism Research

Studies Funded

Learn about the research projects we fund

We host annual research competitions to support pilot studies in applied autism research.

The projects we fund have the potential to directly impact the day-to-day quality of life of those with autism. Since 2002, we have awarded more than $4 million in grants to support 270 studies. See a list of published research studies that have been funded by OAR.

About Our Research Competitions

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

Jill Cherie Fodstad, Ph.D., BCBA-D

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Behavior, Emotions, Mental Health; Health and Sensory Issues

A Pilot Study of Outpatient Mental Health Crisis Screening in Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Luther Kalb, Ph.D. & Roma Vasa, M.D.

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Behavior, Emotions, Mental Health

Piloting an Integrated Anxiety Intervention for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Amy Keefer, Ph.D.

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Behavior, Emotions, Mental Health; Early Intervention

Supporting the Most Vulnerable: A Randomized Feasibility Trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with ASD

Christina McDonnell, Ph.D., Angela Scarpa, Ph.D., & Tom Ollendick, Ph.D.

2019 Topics: Behavior, Emotions, Mental Health; Cognition and Executive Function

Autistic Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adults

Anna van der Miesen, M.D., John Strang, Psy.D., & Meng-Chuan Lai, M.D., Ph.D.

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Miscellaneous

Systematic Adaptation of Evidence-based Resources to Support Adults with ASD in Community Settings

Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Employment, Transition, and Adults

Feasibility of Concurrent Observational and Physiological Data Collection for Children with Minimally-Verbal ASD

Ashley Muskett

2019 Graduate ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Early Intervention

Supporting the Most Vulnerable: A Randomized Feasibility Trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with ASD 

Christina McDonnell, Ph.D., Angela Scarpa, Ph.D., & Tom Ollendick, Ph.D.

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Behavior, Emotions, Mental Health; Cognition and Executive Function

Helping Optimize Language Acquisition (HOLA): Online Parent Training Modules for Latinx Parents of Toddlers at Risk for ASD

Robin Dodds, Ph.D.

2019 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Early Intervention; Families; Miscellaneous

Developmental trajectories of sensory features and later functional outcomes in ASD: a longitudinal subtyping study from infancy to school age

Yun-Ju Chen

2018 Graduate ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Early Intervention; Health and Sensory Issues

Evaluating client preference for vocal stereotypy treatment

Lauren Best

2018 Graduate ResearchStatus: CompletedTopics: Health and Sensory Issues; Social and Communication Skills

The Role of Schools in Adult Outcomes for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Connie Anderson, PhD
Caroline McNicholas, PhD

2018 Applied ResearchStatus: In ProgressTopics: Education and School Aged Children

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