Research Studies

AANE maintains this listing of current research for the community’s information and possible participation.

Please note: These research studies are external and are not run by nor affiliated with AANE.

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Guidelines for Research Study Submission

  • Studies conducted in the United States should be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Studies conducted outside of the United States should be reviewed and approved by a comparable independent organization.
  • Studies will be posted on this page within 5 to 7 business days after the form is submitted if the study is consistent with AANE’s mission and values.
  • Research studies will be removed from this page approximately one year after being posted unless a different timeframe is specified.

Researchers are invited to submit or make updates to a previously submitted study by using the button below.

  • YouTube study

    I am studying the effectiveness of an 8-week, Youtube-delivered nutrition education program among parents of children with autism and weight issues (overweight/obesity). Parents will be watching 2 videos (less than 4 mins each) per week and answering surveys at Week 1, Week 4 and week 8. Surveys are easy, takes less then 3 minutes to […]

  • Making substance use disorder treatment more accessible

    We want to learn what would be helpful for autistic people who face substance use challenges. Are you: 1) an autistic adult (formal or self-diagnosed) 2) who has experienced challenges with alcohol, tobacco, cannabis or other substances 3) but who has no history of treatment for substance use disorder? If so, we want to talk […]

  • Share Your Personal Health Story!

    Looking for participants for research study: Learning from #ActuallyAutistic Health Narratives: Share Your Personal Health Story Are you Autistic? Do you have 3 or more physical health challenges? Are you 18+ and live in the USA? Tell us about your health journey as an Autistic person! This study is being conducted by the Neurodiversity Research […]

  • Identifying GI Biomarkers of Autism

    Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital, the Lurie Center for Autism, and Harvard Medical School are looking to understand how genes, the environment, gut bacteria, and the digestion of food may relate to the development of autism. Infants who are less than 6 months old and have an autistic full-sibling are eligible to enroll. Participation in this […]

  • Beyond the binary: An exploration of barriers to autism diagnosis among gender minority individuals

    The purpose of this study is to explore diagnostic experiences of autistic gender minority people (e.g., people who identify as transgender, nonbinary, gender diverse, or another label). We are conducting this study because we are interested in hearing about challenges during the autism assessment process for transgender and gender diverse people, as well as aspects […]

  • Intersectional Labels to Describe Autistic Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    Hello, I am reaching out as part of the Double Rainbow Lab at the University of Calgary (see more information about our lab here: We conduct research focused on LGBTQ+ and autistic mental health and well-being, with an emphasis on strengths-based and affirmative practice. We are currently recruiting participants for a study focused on […]

  • Do you have Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome?

    We are looking for volunteers with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome who are interested in participating in our research studies in the Adolphs Lab at Caltech in Pasadena. 
 We are currently looking for volunteers for behavioral and MRI scanning experiments. This is a paid study, with compensation starting at $50/hour, with some […]

  • Looking Study (Eye Tracking)

    Looking for: Children ages 8-12 with a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, autism and ADHD, or without a diagnosis of either, plus one parent/caregiver. What you would do: Attend a one-time study visit at the lab for about 60-90 minutes. During this visit, the child will view a series of images and videos on a computer […]

  • Understanding Autistic Adults’ Conceptualizations and Experiences of Masking Within the Neurodiversity Paradigm

    Hello, my name is Jeremy Brown, and I am a licensed clinical social worker and a PhD candidate at the School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. I invite you to participate in the research study I am conducting for my dissertation to learn more about the experiences of adults who hide […]

  • Driving with autism spectrum disorders

    Researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA are currently conducting a voluntary research study. The purpose of the study is to learn more about how autism spectrum disorders affect driving, in particular responses to potential hazards. Individuals must meet the following requirements for participation: o Have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) o 18 […]

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