logo

Find AuSM on Facebook  twitterbird YouTubeSubscribe to our RSS feed 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Home
  • Give
  • Research Studies

Cognitive Training Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are conducting a study to learn about the impact of cognitive training in individuals with ASD. The objective is to find out more about a new computer-based cognitive training program for adolescents (12-17 years) and adults (18–35 years) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We will be comparing performance on social and cognitive measures before and after participants complete the training program.

Who can participate:

  • Individuals with an ASD diagnosis between the ages of 12-35 years old

Study participation includes:

  • First, participants will complete some questionnaires and assessments.
  • Then, we will provide access to a set of computer-based training games to be played over several weeks (~10-14 weeks).
  • After completing the first set of games and questionnaires, participants will be asked to try a second set of questionnaires and computer-based training games (~10-14 weeks).
  • Participants will receive compensation for each assessment session and for completing scheduled training sessions on a weekly basis.
  • Participants may receive up to a total of $395.00 for completing all assessments and both sets of training games (~22-27 weeks).

 
This study is testing two different training programs and participants will be randomly assigned for their first study phase. They will then receive the alternate program in the second phase of the study.

For more information, please contact the Jacob Lab study team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-625-8448

Gut and Microbiome Study

The University of Minnesota is looking for individuals to participate in a research study designed to understand the relationship between the gut microbiome and brain development. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders are four times more likely to experience gastrointestinal symptoms, and this study aims to establish a link between gut health and neurodevelopment to potentially serve as a target for future treatment.

Who can participate:

  • Children 1-3years old
  • With or without a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder

Study participation includes:

  • One 30-minute in-person meeting with one of our researchers
  • Collection of a fecal sample from the child (often collected from diaper)
  • Compensation with $20 gift card

For more information, please contact the Jacob Lab study team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-625-8448

Neurobehavioral Functioning in Youth Study

The University of MN is conducting a research study to learn more about brain functioning in youth with specific neurobehavioral functioning disorders in youth, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Tic Disorders/Tourette (TD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); and their healthy peers. 

Who can participate? 

  • Youth ages 8-17 
  • Youth with ASD, ADHD, OSD, or Tic Disorders/Tourette 
  • Youth without a neurodevelopmental disorder 

What will happen if I decide to participate? 

  • Youth will complete several computer tasks that are designed like games. Parents would complete several paper questionnaires. (1 hour) 
  • Some youth will be offered the opportunity to complete additional computer tasks (up to 1 hour) 
  • Some youth will also be asked to return 6 months laterto completed additional computer tasks; their parents will also complete some paper questionnaires 
  • Participants are compensated for their time 
  • Free parking 

Contact

Natasha Lillie

612-625-8448

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adults with ASD Survey

Have you been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?  Do you want a chance to win Bose noise cancelling headphones AND a $15 gift card?

The ARC Lab at Clemson University is conducting a study about perceived object use. We are looking for participants who are 18 years or older and have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to take our survey. The survey only takes 15-20 minutes to complete. By completing the survey and providing your contact information, you will be guaranteed a gift card worth $15 to Amazon. You will also be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones (Retail Value: $299.99). Each valid response you provide will be counted as an additional entry into the drawing. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Jennifer Bisson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We thank you for your participation.

Please visit the link below to begin the survey:

https://clemsonhealth.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Wp4bs3y0A8XgWx

ASD Services Survey

Do you serve or support someone with ASD? We would love your feedback regarding important supports for adults on the spectrum.
You are invited to complete a brief survey assessing current and needed supports and services for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in our community. The survey will take you approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. Your responses will be used to inform local service providers of needed supports and services for young adults with ASD, and may potentially lead to the development and provision of these services within your community! Please click this link to complete the survey: https://redcap.ahc.umn.edu/surveys/?s=P798MDTMH3

Please feel free to share this survey link with other individuals, families or professionals who are part of the ASD community and would be willing to share their experiences and feedback on this topic.

Thank you for your consideration!