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Social and Behavioral Outcomes of Siblings of Children with Autism - Texas A&M University

Benjamin Karren, a Ph.D. student in School Psychology at Texas A&M University, currently is working on a research project that seeks to examine the behaviors and social skills of siblings of children with autism. The study aims to compare siblings of children with autism to siblings of typically developing children that are between the ages of 6-11. To participate, a parent must have two children with one child between the ages of 6-11. The project will investigate possible risk and resilience factors related to behaviors and social skills, which include family demographics and parental stress levels. Parents will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires and rating scales that should take approximately one hour. No travel is needed and all materials will be shipped to participants. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of six $50 gift cards. If you wish to participate or have questions contact Benjamin Karren at 802.683.1366 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Study for Parents of Adults with Autism

Christina Marsack, a doctoral candidate at Wayne State University in Michigan is conducting her dissertation research on parents of adult children with ASD. The study will examine the quality of life among parents of adult children with autism. In order to be eligible for participation, parents must be at least 50 years old and have an adult child diagnosed with ASD (18 years or older). The study includes a 15-minute online survey and is anonymous. To participate, click here. If you have questions, you can contact Marsack via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 248.961.0704.

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Exploring Self-Understanding of Autism

Olivia Tomfohrde, a graduate student at University of Wisconsin Stout, currently is working on a research study for which she is seeking parent (guardian) and child participants. The study aims to explore the self-understanding of children with autism or Asperger’s as well as their understanding of their diagnosis. Information will be gathered via 30 minute interviews. Interviews will take place in the families home or spot of their choosing. No travel is required. Child participants must have received a diagnosis of autism or Asperger's from a medical, psychological, or educational professional, be age 7 to 12, have the verbal skills to participate in an interview, and be aware of their diagnosis. To participate, or if you have questions, please contact Olivia at 715.323.2279 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Virginia Tech Sibling/Parent Study

Tyler Hassenfeldt, a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech, is working on a study to better understand the experience of siblings and parents of individuals with autism. Hassenfeldt, along with the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in Blacksburg, VA, is recruiting siblings of children with autism to participate in a long-distance research study.Siblings should be in grades 1-9 and have a sibling with autism. Siblings must currently live in the same home, and the sibling without ASD must attend a public or private school. Participating parent must be primary caregiver, but other parent is welcome to participate, too.

Phase I: Complete surveys by mail (45-60 minutes).
Phase II: Participate in a one-on-one interview by phone or Skype (20-30 minutes). Compensation will be provided for each phase.

To participate, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at 412.600.8304 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Rhode Island College Study: How Parents Influence Child's Well Being

Kelly Pisapia, a graduate student at Rhode Island College, currently is working on a research study, under the guidance of Dr. Emily Cook, and Dr. Paul LaCava. She is seeking feedback from parents of children ages 3-17 diagnosed with autism. Her project, a 30-minute online survey, examines how parents influence their child’s overall well being. Click here to participate.