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.

  • Diagnostic Experiences of low-support needs Autistic Adults

    Facial Expressions Study The specific aim of the current study is to gain a deeper understanding of the diagnostic journeys experienced by low-support needs Autistic adults. The specific objectives of the current study are; • Explore how low-support needs autistic adults make sense of receiving a clinical diagnosis• Explore how low-support needs autistic adults navigate […]

  • Identification of Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using Protein and Metabolite Profiling

    The purpose of this study is to identify biomarkers of ASD that correlate with behavioral and developmental phenotypes in order to develop and test biomarker profiles that form a diagnostics tool; screen and identify children with ASD who might benefit from specific interventions; develop and test biomarker profiles that inform an instrument for monitoring therapeutic […]

  • Diversity Project

    I would like to introduce an online study which is being conducted by Dr. Erin Kang and doctoral candidate Sadaf Khawar, MA, BCBA at the Montclair State University’s Psychology Department in Montclair, NJ. The Montclair State University Institutional Review Board has approved this study [IRB-FY21-22-2334]. Please see our flyer with this email. Prior research studies […]

  • SPARK for Autism Facial Expressions Study

    SPARK will be the largest autism study in US history and the goal is to speed up research to better understand causes and treatments for ASD. There is no cost to join SPARK and participation can be completed entirely online and from home. You will also receive a $50 Amazon gift card for your family’s […]

  • Cancer Screening for Patients With Intellectual Disability: Exploring Parent and Caregiver Perspectives

    Our goal is to understand the experiences of patients with intellectual disability in regard to screening for cancer, for example colonoscopies for colon cancer and mammograms for breast cancer. For patients not being screened, we hope to learn about any barriers faced. We want to provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to share their thoughts […]

  • Speech-Language Pathologists’ perspectives on assessment and intervention methods of speech sound disorders in children with autism

    To the attention of SLPs, My name is Shams Verdiyeva and I am a MS student in Language and Communication Impairments in Children at the University of Sheffield. For my MS dissertation research project, I am conducting a survey among SLPs working in the United States. Through my research project, I hope to learn more […]

  • 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 a member 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 […]

  • Considering trauma during psychotherapy with child clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    My name is Jessica Chelsky, MA, and I am currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I am conducting a dissertation study on the experience of considering trauma during psychotherapy with child clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This study will address clinicians’ current assessment and treatment considerations regarding […]

  • Exploring Virtual Group Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Format on Participation of Parents of Children with Autism

    Researchers at Rowan University are conducting a study examining how parents of children with autism prefer to participate in virtual parental well-being groups. Parents will be randomized into either a 6-hr workshop group, a 3-week group with 2-hr sessions once per week, or a 6-week group with 1-hr sessions once per week. The groups will […]

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