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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. 

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Parent Training Project - Ball State University

A behavior analyst at Ball State University is conducting two studies using the internet to provide parents with training in evidence-based strategies. Parents in the study will video record themselves spending time with their child and will complete 10 hours of web-based training.  Some parents will receive additional coaching with a behavior specialist. Click here for more information.

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Autism Parent UND Study

Researchers at the University of North Dakota are seeking parents of children of any age who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s, Autism, or PDD-NOS and reside in their parents' home. This study requires one parent (fathers preferred) to complete several paper and pencil measures and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a raffle for one $50 Amazon gift card. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lindsey DeVries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 307.267.6283.

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ASD Survey Regarding School and Work

Nick Spangler, a current PsyD student at the University of St. Thomas, is conducting a study on individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1 and the difficulties they face at school or work. The 10-15 minute survey focuses on the uncomfortable aspects of school and work, and it is possible that participating may cause some emotional distress. Click here to participate in this survey. For more information, contact Spangler at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This study will close at the end of August 2015.