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.

  • Exploring how body image is measured in autistic adults

    Research on body image (i.e., how one think and feels toward their body and appearance) in the Autistic population is currently limited and requires better understanding. To address these limitations, the purpose of this study is to better understand how body image can be measured in Autistic individuals. You will be asked to complete an […]

  • Understanding and measuring depression in young people with ADHD, dyspraxia/DCD and/or autistic young people

    Hi, My name is Andrea Ivanovska, and I am a postgraduate researcher at the University of Edinburgh. I am working on a project that aims to better understand depression characteristics in neurodivergent teenagers (ages 11 to 16). The study will also look at screening tools to measure depression and assess a new depression screening tool […]

  • The Double-edged Sword of Autism in Work Teams

    Research participants needed for a study on autism in work teams. I am looking for research participants to take part in a survey that examines the experiences of autistic workers in team settings. Participants will be required to complete a 48-item survey as a subject matter expert on autism in work teams (approx. 30 minutes). […]

  • Speech and Motor Assessment Remote Trial (SMART)

    Post-pandemic, so much healthcare-related assessment is taking place remotely. This can be much more convenient for families with a child who has a neurodevelopmental disorder, but we need to know how the information from a remote assessment compares to an in-person one. This project aims to do just that: Compare how a child performs on […]

  • Autism Spectrum Auditory Perception (ASAP)

    We want to understand how minimally and low-verbal autistic children perceive speech sounds. Is speech perception related to their own speech production and expressive language abilities? We hypothesize that, if some children can’t hear the difference between similar-sounding words like “ball” and “doll”, maybe they can’t learn to pronounce words accurately and this interferes with […]

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intelligibility Treatment for Autism (CASITA)

    Facial Expressions Study We suspect that some minimally verbal autistic children also have a motor speech disorder called “childhood apraxia of speech” or CAS. If this is so, does CAS treatment, appropriately modified for minimally verbal autistic children, improve their speech? Instead of being primarily drill-based, therapy will be embedded in a social, play-based context […]

  • Study of Facial Expressions and Gaze in Children and Young Adults with and without Autism

    Facial Expressions Study The Vision Lab at Old Dominion University is currently looking for volunteers ages 8 – 20 years old who have been diagnosed with autism for an online IRB-approved research study conducted in collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Participants interact with the researchers on Zoom and play a video game related to […]

  • The Learning, Expectation and Perception study (LEAP)

    What is it and why is it important? This study is designed to investigate the perception of speech sounds and faces. We hope that this research will further our understanding of perceptual differences in individuals with disorders such as autism and that this understanding will one day improve our ability to diagnose and treat these […]

  • TAP (Timing and Auditory Prediction)

    The Sinha Lab at MIT seeks adults aged 18-45 years to participate in the TAP (Timing and Auditory Prediction) research study. TAP aims to understand how autistic and nonautistic adults process words and other sounds. The study involves: up to ~1.5 hour EEG session – 20-30 minutes setup (placement of sensors on your hand/head) and […]

  • Investigating the relationship between age at diagnosis, camouflaging and social identity in autism.

    As part of a Northumbria University study, I am investigating whether the age at which someone received an autism diagnosis and how closely they feel linked to the autism community is related how much camouflaging they undertake (if any). A greater understanding of this area might help when supporting people at diagnosis and signposting them […]

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