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.

  • Caregiver Study

    The Caregiver Study is focused on the unique experiences working mother of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face on a daily basis. Our goal is to understand some of the work-family conflicts that challenge these workers and how we can guide initiatives to improve their quality-of-life in both domains. The study will require […]

  • The Double Rainbow Perspective, A Qualitative Narrative of the Intersectional Experiences of Autistic Women and Femme Individuals who are a part of the LGBTQ+ Communities.

    My name is Emily Coombs, and I am currently completing my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the University of Calgary. I’m part of an LGBTQ+ & Autism affirmative research Lab — the Double Rainbow Lab. I am recruiting for my thesis study: The Double Rainbow Perspective, A Qualitative Narrative of the Intersectional Experiences of Autistic […]

  • Picture books for helping autistic children learn language

    We are looking for children aged 2-5 (both autistic and neurotypical) to participate in a remote study about language learning in autism. Families who participate in the study can earn up to $163. We will send families videos of picture books being read aloud, and will ask families to watch the videos with their children. […]

  • Bilingualism in Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Eye-Tracking Study

    WHAT An eye-tracking study to learn more about how bilingual adults with autism process language in real time. Participants will complete questionnaires, language proficiency tasks, and computer-based tasks — responding with button presses on the keyboard while their eye movements are tracked. The study will take one hour over one session. WHO Spanish-English bilingual adults […]

  • Experiences in the Emergency Department for Suicidal Thoughts or Behaviors

    We are doing 1 hour qualitative interviews with autistic adolescents and adults about their experiences receiving care at emergency departments for a suicide related crisis. We will be asking participants about their experiences in the emergency room, what has been helpful and not helpful, and their recommendations for emergency department personnel. Participants will be compensated […]

  • Autistic girls and how/why autism characteristics are masked in high school

    Hi everyone! As part of my dissertation, we are conducting a study to better understand autistic girls and how/why autism characteristics are masked in high school. If you are the mother of a high school autistic female in inclusion for at least 80% of the school day, we would love to hear the perspectives of […]

  • Metaphor Comprehension in Autistic and Neurotypical Women

    For a study in the field of autism and language, I (22, autistic) invite all autistic women to participate. Autistic women have always been highly overlooked when it comes to autistic research. For a long time, autistic women were not even considered to exist. This research gap still exists when it comes to the core […]

  • ASD Disclosure in the Workplace

    A popular explanation for these employment outcomes for autistic adults, including high unemployment and under-employment rates, is that unique challenges associated with social interaction and communication make it difficult to navigate the social environment in the workplace. Research suggests there may be benefits from disclosing one’s disability to one’s employer. However, we need to know […]

  • Differential Diagnosis: Autism, Attachment Disorders, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (DDAACE)

    We are looking for professionals involved in the assessment and/or diagnosis of autism or attachment disorders or complex post-traumatic stress disorder or emotionally unstable personality disorder to take part in an online survey. Our co-produced research aims to: -Understand methods of assessment, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis for these conditions in young people and adults, -Limit […]

  • Predictors Of Stress For Parental Caregivers Of Adults (Ages 18-26) With Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Needs, Coping, and Life Changes

    I am seeking parental caregivers of emerging adults (ages 18-26) with autism or intellectual disabilities to respond to a confidential online survey in English. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will provide important research information. The responses will be used for two research studies (one for a dissertation and a second to […]

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