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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 


Natasha Lillie


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RTC-CL Self-Determination Educational Curriculum: Pilot Study

Thank you for your interest in participating in our pilot study. We are building off data from previous focus groups with families to develop an education program for family members that will help them better support the self-determination of their member with a disability. Self-determination involves people taking the degree of control they desire over those parts of their life that are important to them. The Institute has developed a program and would like to see if it helps people with disabilities and their family members.
If you are interested in helping the Institute, you will be asked to take part in a pilot study of a family- based self-determination education program. This pilot study will help us better understand if families think that the program we have developed will be useful to family members and people with disabilities. If you agree to take part in this study:
(1) You and your family will meet via online webinars once a week for approximately one hour with 3 to 4 other families over 4-6 weeks. During this time everyone will learn about self- determination and how to best support it;
(2) Before the focus groups start, you will be asked to complete a demographics questionnaire and a pretest questionnaire.
(3) When all focus groups are complete, you will be asked to complete a feasibility/usability questionnaire and a posttest. We are most interested in the following: (a) What you liked about the session and think you might find useful to your family; (b) What you did not like and do not think would useful; and (c) What you think should be changed;
Taking part in this study will take about 6-8 hours of your time over a period of about 4-6 weeks and is voluntary. You do not have take part and will not be paid for the help you provide. However, you will be assisting staff at the Institute to develop a better self-determination support program for families.
If you do not wish to take part in this study it will not affect your relationship with our organization or the University in any way. This is something you will be doing because you personally want to help the researchers, who are working to improve quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.
If you would like to take part in this study, or need further information, please contact the people from the University listed below. They will answer any questions you might have and let you know the next steps if you decide to help them in their work.

Brian Abery, Ph.D., Project Director Phone: 612-327-3678
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Renata Ticha, Ph.D.
Phone: 612-624-5776 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ASD Sibling Study

We are looking for typically-developing siblings, between teh ages of 11 and 21, that can complete three online questionnaires about their relationship with their sibling with an autism spectrum disorder! For 5-10 minutes of your time, you have the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card for completing the study!

To complete the study, please follow this link:

Parents of participants: https://loyola.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eqBqPtyvzuckmvb

Adolescent Participants:  https://loyola.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9GCCBXU7G0zRNyd/SV_9GCCBXU7G0zRNyd

For more information please contact Bridget Crippen, M.S., Loyoal University Maryland: 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: