Research Participation Opportunities

Looking to help advance the future of autism research? Studies at the cutting edge of improving quality of life for autistic people are happening right now — and these studies would be nowhere without participants. That’s where you come in.

Here, you will find opportunities to get involved in research studies. These studies are located around the world, both remotely and in person, and seek participants across a range of ages and backgrounds. Browse through the opportunities to find the ones that are looking for someone like you or your child.

Research studies funded by OAR’s Applied Research Competition or Graduate Research Grant Competition will be denoted with this icon:

Please note that OAR staff is not directly involved with any of the studies; for any questions, please contact the researchers directly.

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Share a Research Participation Opportunity

If you are seeking participants for a study, you are invited to submit the form below. Once your submission is received, OAR will get in touch with you about listing your study on this page as well as promoting your call for participants on OAR’s social media channels.

In order to be considered, your study must:

  • Focus on quality-of-life research for autistic people.
  • Be approved by the IRB (or an equivalent oversight body for studies conducted outside of the USA).

If you submit the form but do not see a confirmation message appear on screen, please contact us to confirm that the form went through.

If you do not receive an email response within a few days of submitting your request, please contact us to confirm that we received your form.

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The Assessment of Facial Expression Recognition in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researcher

Zachary Friedman

Institution

Duquesne University School Psychology Program

Who can participate

Autistic individuals ages 4-22

Location

Remote; see Description for link.

Description

The study is examining how well autistic youth are able to identify and label emotions shown on the face.

Parents/caregivers will be asked basic questions about their child (e.g., age, race, gender, etc.) and will confirm that they give permission for their child to participate. The child will also be asked whether they agree to participate.

The researcher will present facial expressions online. Participants will be asked to identify the facial expressions. The entire process (parent and child) will take approximately 15-20 minutes and will take place through a computer.

Click this link to participate in the study.

Contact

Zachary Friedman, doctoral candidate, friedmanz@duq.edu

Deadline

July 31, 2022

A dimensional exploration of factors associated with ‘autistic burnout’

Researchers

Juliet Smith & Dr. Bethany Oakley

Institution

King’s College London

Who can participate

Autistic or non-autistic adults, aged 18-35, fluent in English for the purposes of consenting and completing the survey

Location

Remotely – phone, video conference, internet, etc.

Description

Calling anyone interested in participating in autism research!

If you are an autistic or non-autistic adult aged 18-35 and fluent in English we invite you to complete an online survey covering a range of questions about burnout and related factors, including questions about mental/ physical wellbeing. This will take around 50 minutes.

This study is being carried out because want to understand factors associated with ’autistic burnout’, and the impact of burnout on mental/ physical wellbeing and quality of life. We hope this will improve the identification of burnout in autism and inform support strategies for preventing/ reducing burnout.

To find out more about the study and to access the survey, please follow this link: https://qualtrics.kcl.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_cAPs3bsnTtEMTzw

Contact

Dr. Bethany Oakley, bethany.oakley@kcl.ac.uk

Deadline

July 31, 2022

Digging Beneath the Surface: A Multidimensional Approach to Understanding Sex Differences in Social-Pragmatics in School-Age Children with ASD and TD

Researcher

Ashwaq Alzamel

Institution

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Who can participate

Autistic children, ages 8-12, with conversational language skills, and who is spending 50% or more time in a general education classroom

Location

Remotely

Description

Is your child with autism included in general education and between 8 to 12 years old?
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
IRB Approval # 19-1371

Study Purpose:
To better understand gender differences in social pragmatic skills or the social use of language in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typically developing children
Who is eligible:
 Children diagnosed with ASD
 Between 8-12 years of age
 Included or spend 50% or more time in general education classrooms
 Have conversational language skills
*Children with an uncontrolled seizure disorder, severe vision or hearing impairments, or known genetic syndromes are not eligible for this research study

What you will do:
(1) Complete contact and consent forms to allow your child to participate in the research study
(2) Once your consent is received, you will receive five questionnaires to complete that describe your child’s social-pragmatic skills, ASD symptoms, friendships, mastery of social skills, and family demographic background

What will happen next:
Your child will participate in three tasks virtually (on the computer) including:
 Vocabulary comprehension assessment (10-15 minutes)
 Personal narrative task about social difficulties with peers (15-20 minutes)
 Short interview with your child about peer talk and interaction (15-20 minutes)

Remember, you and your child’s participation is completely voluntary. You can choose to be in the study or not. You will be compensated for your participation in this study with a $10 gift card at the end of data collection. This project has been funded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development.

Risks involved in participating in this study are minimal and highest standards will be applied to ensure the confidentiality of your child’s information. Some possible risks may include slight distress or discomfort in answering questions about your child’s social-pragmatic challenges regularly experienced with peers and about strategies to navigate these difficulties.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please complete the contact form below: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_djymqa1jeZ1p2yG

Contact

Ashwaq Alzamel, ashwaq_alzamel@med.unc.edu

Deadline

August 30, 2022

Helping Optimize Language Acquisition

Researcher

Robin Dodds

Institution

California State University Los Angeles

Who can participate

Latinx Parents of children 16-36 months at-risk for or with autism

Location

Los Angeles

Description

This study will test a new series of brief online learning modules designed to support parents of young children who have challenges with language and social interaction.
Participation in this study will last approximately 12 weeks. Participants will answer questionnaires in-person (3 hours total) and complete six (6) weekly online training modules that provide parents with knowledge and strategies to help their child communicate and develop social skills (30 mins each).

Use this link to enroll: https://calstatela.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b3Im6gWeWCc88Ie

Contact

Robin Dodds at rdodds@calstatela.edu

Deadline

August 31, 2022

Virtually Coached Nature-Based Activities for Perceived Stress in Rural-Dwelling Families with a Teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers

Deborah Logan, Dr. Brandi Crowe

Institution

Clemson University

Who can participate

Families with an ASD teenager, ages 13-18, who live in rural-dwelling areas

Location

Remote – USA, virtually coached sessions over zoom

Description

Deborah Logan, a doctoral student in Clemson University’s recreational therapy program, and Dr. Brandi Crowe, Assistant Professor in the Recreational Therapy at Clemson University and the Principal Investigator are currently recruiting rural-dwelling families with teenagers with autism to participate in a research study titled: Virtually Coached Nature-Based Activities for Perceived Stress in Rural-Dwelling Families with a Teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

WHO: Families in a rural area with a teenager (ages 13-18) with autism spectrum disorder living at the home.

WHAT: An eight-week nature-based activities (e.g., nature walk, scavenger hunt) program that will be implemented with the whole family, for the purpose of decreasing perceived stress.

Parents/guardians will receive virtual coaching from a recreational therapist, and learn how to lead the nature-based activities with their family.

HOW LONG: 30-minute nature-based activity sessions, once-a-week, for eight weeks

WHERE: An outdoor location at or near the family’s house (e.g., backyard, local park).

Contact

Deborah Logan: drlogan@g.clemson.edu or 828-227-2481.

Deadline

August 31, 2022

Communication is Movement: Speech and Gesture Motor Control and Coordination in Mildly Autistic Young Adults

This study received a Graduate Research Grant from OAR in 2021.

Researcher

Claudia Abbiati

Institution

University of Vermont

Who can participate

Autistic adults (ages 18-35) who are fluent, native speakers of American English

Location

In-person – Burlington, VT

Description

The Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Vermont is currently seeking autistic adults / adults on the autism spectrum to participate in a study! The study is seeking to understand how autistic adults speak and gesture (i.e., move their hands) when communicating.

Interested participants will have a phone screening to determine if you are eligible. If you are selected for the study, you will complete 3 questionnaires. You will also have a 2 ½ hours long visit to do speaking and gesturing tasks at UVM.

Contact

Claudia Abbiati, claudia.abbiati@med.uvm.edu

Deadline

August 31, 2022

The Relationship Between Employment Status and Self-Perception of Autistic Adults

Researcher

Rachel Garcia, Dr. Yan-hua Huang, Jessica Chan, Kayla English, Jasmine Hannani

Institution

California State University Dominguez Hills

Who can participate

18 to 65 years old; Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis; Able to read and fill out online surveys

Location

Remote: https://forms.office.com/r/PVJ31GMNPq

Description

This survey research study is to learn more about the relationship between autistic adults’ beliefs about themselves, their abilities, and their employment status

Contact

Rachel Garcia: rgarcia486@toromail.csudh.edu

Deadline

August 31, 2022

ABA Study for Autistic Children in Military Families

Researchers

Dr. Cynthia Anderson, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Dr. Eric Butter, Dr. Zachary Warren, and Dr. Susan Hyman

Institution

Cleveland Clinic, May Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, University of Rochester Medical Center; funded by the Department of Defense

Who can participate

Autistic children, ages 18 months – 4 years, who are covered by TRICARE insurance.

Location

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), May Institute (Virginia and North Carolina), Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH), Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN)

Description
  • Your child will receive behavioral interventions from professionals.
  • You may be offered opportunities to learn new strategies for your child.
  • We will ask you questions about your child, and you will be paid for filling out forms.
  • Results will be used to help military families who have autistic children.
Contact

Cleveland Clinic: Leah Barto, Research Coordinator at (216) 448-6392 or autismresearch@ccf.org

May Institute: Dr. Jaime Crowley-Zalaket, Research Coordinator at (781) 300-8926 or JCrowley@mayinstitute.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Nicole Cacciato, Research Coordinator at (614) 355-7517 or Nicole.cacciato@nationwidechildrens.org

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Amy Swanson, Research Coordinator at (615) 322-6533 or amy.r.swanson@vumc.org

Deadline

August 2022

The Your View Study

Researcher

Carolyn McCormick

Institution

Purdue University

Who can participate

Families with children between 2-5 years of age who: are on the autism spectrum, have Down Syndrome, or are typically developing.

Location

Remote; participation is all completed at home and through online questionnaires.

Description

Families will receive a kit mailed to their home with head-cameras, headbands, and instructions. Parents and their children will wear the head-cameras and record their daily activities for up to 4 hours across 1 week. Parents will also be asked to fill out questionnaires online. Families will be compensated with a $60 amazon gift card for their time. Are you interested or have questions? Contact us at maclab@purdue.edu.

Contact

Contact Measurement, Autism and Child Development Lab (MAC Lab) at maclab@purdue.edu.

Deadline

December 1, 2022

Dysfunction of Sensory Inhibition in Autism

Researcher

Kaala Harrilal

Institution

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Who can participate

Children with or without Autism, ages 6-12

Location

Baltimore, MD

Description

We are recruiting children to participate in an MRI research study to learn if there are differences between the brain’s structure and its function in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Who: Girls and boys with or with ASD

What: Eligibility screening via parent phone interview, 2 days of computer games, paper & pencil tasks, and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain.

Free IQ testing and report, and a picture of their brain!

Where: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD

Benefit: There is no significant risk or direct medical benefit for participating in this study.

Compensation: $50 per day (can earn up to $100)

Contact

Natalie Alessi: CNIR@kennedykrieger.org

Deadline

June 1, 2023

Maternal Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Case-Control Approach

Researcher

Michael Haniff

Institution

Walden University

Who can participate

Mothers of autistic children, ages 3-12

Location

www.autismrisksurvey.com

Description

New research suggests that about 1 in 8 children may be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States. This could be due to several reasons which remain unknown. This study invites mothers who have given birth to children in the United States to share their experiences with diet and supplementation during pregnancy.

Findings from this study can be used to help identify risk factors for ASD risk.

About the study:

One 15–20-minute survey for each child you’ve given birth to
To protect your privacy, the published study would not use any identifying information

Volunteers must meet these requirements:

Mothers 18 years or older with a child aged 3-12 years who has an official ASD diagnosis from a clinician
•Mothers 18 years or older of children aged 3-12 years who do not have an ASD diagnosis so comparisons can be made between groups

This survey is part of the doctoral study for Michael M. Haniff, a Ph.D. student at Walden University.

Study Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to understand the role of a mother’s diet, social standing, and supplementation with folate or folic acid may have on her child’s future development of autism. Comparisons will be made between mothers of children who have a child with an official ASD diagnosis from a clinician to mothers of children without an ASD diagnosis.

Procedures:

This study will involve you completing the following steps:

· An online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes

Here are some sample questions:

How many people are currently living in your household, including yourself?
Do you drink caffeinated beverages daily (such as coffee, tea, colas)?
Did you use any folate/folic acid supplements during pregnancy?
What percentage of your diet consisted of meat or meat products?
Was your pregnancy planned?
Does your child have a confirmed ASD diagnosis by a physician?

Contact

Michael Haniff: michael.haniff@waldenu.edu

Deadline

June 15, 2023

Designing Inclusive Service for a Sensory-Friendly Restaurant

Researchers

Kwangsoo Park, Jooyeon Ha

Institution

North Dakota State University

Who can participate

Parents/Families of children with ASD

Location

Online interview

Description

We Need Online Interview Participants!

Hello Parents/Families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,

We are seeking interview participants for the research titled ‘Designing Inclusive Service for an Autism-Friendly Restaurant’.
The purpose of this research is to learn the dining experiences of parents/families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and examine the constraints of their dining-out intention. The result of this research will be used to develop restaurant service guidelines to create autism-friendly restaurants.

The interview will be conducted online using the Zoom platform. The duration will be about 30-45 minutes.
The participant must be 18 years of age or older. Upon completion of the interview, the participant will receive monetary compensation ($100).

Contact

Kwangsoo Park: kwangsoo.park@ndsu.edu

Jooyeon Ha: jooyeon.ha@sjsu.edu.

Deadline

June 30, 2023

Flexible Thinking Study

Researcher

Dr. Erin Kang

Institution

Montclair State University

Who can participate

typically-developing children or children diagnosed or with suspected autism, aged 6-17 years old

Location

Montclair, New Jersey, USA

Description

Researchers at Montclair State University are looking for families with children and adolescents 6-17 years old that are typically developing or have/are suspected to have autism spectrum disorder to participate in an in-person study on how children switch their thinking and attention between tasks. We hope to better understand flexible thinking patterns and how they relate to social and emotional development. Participating families will receive a $50.00 gift card for completing this study.

Contact

Montclair State University Autism and Neurodevelopment Lab at 973-655-3615 or email at erinkanglab@montclair.edu.

Deadline

August 31, 2024