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.

  • Unseen: An Exploration of Social Communication in Autistics Socialized as Women

    Want to help School Without Walls and American University expand understanding of social behavior in Autistic women and nonbinary individuals? Want the opportunity to win a 50$ Amazon gift card? Are you 18+, clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition, speaking or semi-speaking, and a female or non-binary individual? If so, please contact [email protected]. Your participation […]

  • Autistic Educators Needed – Participatory Study on Autistic Burnout + Educator Burnout

    The purpose of this study is to explore Autistic educator experiences with educator and Autistic burnout in order to co-create a set of recommendations that will enhance facilitators and mitigate barriers to double burnout. This is a participatory and collaborative study with autistic and neurodivergent scholars and researchers from the US, Canada and UK. There […]

  • Invitation to Participate in Research on Autistic Adults

    Hi, my name is Scott Scharlach. I’m part of the Research on Autism, Driven by Autistic Researchers (RADAR) project at the University of Minnesota. We are currently studying autistic adults’ perceptions and experiences of stimming. We’re looking for participants to complete a brief online survey and would really appreciate it if you could share the […]

  • Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children at the Lurie Center is currently recruiting for a research study that will evaluate emotional and physical symptoms of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorder through questionnaires, wearable devices, and a laboratory stress assessment. One in-person visit is required and questionnaires may be completed remotely. Participants must be […]

  • 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 […]

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