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.

  • 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 […]

  • Neurodiverse Cities

    Hi, my name is Amirreza Madani. As an urban planning student, I am currently working on my dissertation on neurodiversity and urban space. In order to complete my dissertation, I must speak to those who are neurodiverse, especially those with autism, since the results of this research are valuable when they are informed by those […]

  • Developing a Digital Training Package to Teach Play Skills to Caregivers of Children with Autism

    Researchers at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) are testing a new online tool to help caregivers play with their children with autism. This web application involves brief videos, interactive activities, and video chatting with a coach. Receive up to $240 in gift cards as a thank you for participating! Inclusion Criteria: Caregivers: -At least 18 […]

  • Language and Memory!

    We have two different 10 minute long studies running, looking at different parts of language! Our studies are primarily looking at memory and overall learning of new languages. These studies do require the use of a computer (not a tablet or iPhone). They do not require any social interaction. We are seeking anyone 18+ who […]

  • Validation of a novel measurement battery of relationship and safety skills for adults with and without autism spectrum disorder

    Researchers at Tufts University are seeking autistic adults aged 18-35 years, who are fluent English speakers, to help develop a toolkit for measuring social skills used for dating and sex. The goal of this research study is to work together with autistic adults to develop better ways to measure the specific skills needed for sexual […]

  • Establishing expert opinion to reach a consensus on how to best define and investigate developmental regression in children: A Delphi study

    This study aims to establish a consensus among parents, caregivers, and clinicians on how to best define, assess, and investigate developmental regression. Developmental regression describes the loss of already acquired skills; it is otherwise known as loss of skills. It can be seen in a small number of conditions (for example, autism, Rett syndrome, Landau-Kleffner […]

  • Informing National Autism Transition Research Agenda

    The purpose of this study is to listen to people’s experiences with the transition to adulthood and to gather ideas about priorities for research about the transition to adulthood for autistic youth. Who is this study for? Autistic Young adults who -Are 18-29 years old and out of high school -Can answer questions and communicate […]

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