Research

Research Opportunity

Higher Education and Employment

If you or your child is diagnosed with ASD and would like the opportunity to apply for higher education or employment, consider enrolling in our study! Individuals diagnosed with autism are less likely to be enrolled in higher education or be employed, severely limiting their opportunity for independence. The purpose of the current investigation is to teach individuals the skills necessary to successfully apply for higher education and/or employment.

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research opportunity

Chewing and Swallowing Study in Autism

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development (NBD) Lab currently is seeking children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for participation in a clinical research study on chewing and swallowing. This study aims to better understand how sensory and motor dysfunctions contribute to chewing /swallowing difficulties in ASD.

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Research opportunity

The Sensorimotor Abnormalities and Their Neural Mechanisms in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development lab (NBDlab) currently is seeking individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for participation in a clinical research study. This study aims to better understand the wide range of symptoms that are present in this disorder and determine their brain bases.

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Research Opportunity

Youth Volunteers Needed for an Autism and Intellectual Disability Study

The University of Florida is studying to see if inactivity, restricted eating habits, and anti psychotic medication exposes individuals with Autism, Autism-Spectrum Disorder, and Intellectual Disability to Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome.

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Research opportunity

UF College of Nursing Autism Research Study

Does your child have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder? Exciting new evidence is linking the gut intestinal flora to brain and behavior changes. A team of investigators from the University of Florida is currently conducting a new research study in North Central Florida to understand how the gut intestinal flora affects the brain and behavior in Autism.Results from this study might improve diagnostic or treatment options.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Girls with Autism

If you are the parent or caregiver of a girl diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, you may be eligible to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to understand how families of girls with autism spectrum disorder experience the process of getting a diagnosis and services for their daughter. This research study involves participating in one or two audio-recorded interviews to tell your story of getting an autism diagnosis and services for your daughter. Participants will receive a $20 gift card.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Help Understand Autism and Victimization

If your child has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and is between the ages of 12 and 17, they may be eligible to participate in a research study about autism and victimization.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Social Skill and Autism

If you or your child exhibit difficulties with social skills and would like to learn strategies to make improvements in this area, consider enrolling in our study!

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Toilet Training & ASD

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic at the University of Florida is conducting a research study to evaluate the best method for toilet training children with ASD.

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Higher Education and Employment

If you or your child is diagnosed with ASD and would like the opportunity to apply for higher education or employment, consider enrolling in our study!

Individuals diagnosed with autism are less likely to be enrolled in higher education or be employed, severely limiting their opportunity for independence.

The purpose of the current investigation is to teach individuals the skills necessary to successfully apply for higher education and/or employment. This includes, but is not limited to, resume and CV development, interview skills, and improving social skills. We will use various positive reinforcement-based procedures and feedback.

Procedures will include brief, 5 to 10-minute sessions lasting between 1 and 2 hours per day, once a week. Because all individuals have different skill deficits, duration of participation will vary, but will terminate upon mastery of the skill deficit(s) or after 4 months elapse. You or your children may withdraw from the study at any time.

Participants will not receive compensation.

Location
In-person appointments once or twice a week at the UF psychology building in Gainesville, FL for a duration not to exceed 4 months.

Are you or your child eligible?

  • Must have a diagnosis of autism.
  • Must be between 15 and 65 years of age.
  • Must be able to vocally communicate.

If you’re unsure if you or your child meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Faris R. Kronfli, Ph.D., BCBA
Study Coordinator
Kronfli.faris@ufl.edu
301-788-6655

Study ID: IRB201901856 Date Approved: 8/5/2019


The Sensorimotor Abnormalities and Their Neural Mechanisms in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development lab (NBDlab) currently is seeking individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for participation in a clinical research study. This study aims to better understand the wide range of symptoms that are present in this disorder and determine their brain bases.
Eligible individuals will be asked to complete the following non-invasive tests:

  • Questions about medical, developmental and family history
  • Autism diagnostic evaluation
  • Puzzles, games
  • Tests of fine motor performance
  • Tests of gross motor coordination
  • Tests of brain anatomy and function

Locations: Testing will be conducted at UF (Gainesville campus) and UF McKnight Brain Institute. All procedures have been approved by our local Institutional Review Board.

Are you eligible?

  • Between the ages of 35 to 75 years
  • Received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    OR
  • Have not received a diagnosis of ASD

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Zheng Wang, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
nbd.lab@phhp.ufl.edu
352-294-5309
Study ID:IRB201801378 Date Approved: 3/26/2019


Youth Volunteers Needed for an Autism and Intellectual Disability Study

Youth Volunteers Needed for an Autism and Intellectual Disability Study

The University of Florida is studying to see if inactivity, restricted eating habits, and anti psychotic medication exposes individuals with Autism, Autism-Spectrum Disorder, and Intellectual Disability to Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Is Your Child Eligible?

  • Ages 5 to 17.9
  • Autism and /or Intellectual Disability Diagnosis
  • Patient at University of Florida Endocrinology/Metabolic Clinic, General Pediatrics Clinics, and/or Pediatric Psychiatry/Psychology Clinic

This study involves:

  • A physical examination, serum blood draws (if necessary), and completion of a Lifestyle Questionnare
  • Compensation will be provided for participants

For more information contact:
Shannon at bsunstar@ufl.edu or 352-294-2959

This study is conducted by Dr. Jacqueline Michel and Dr. Jennifer Miller, College of Medicine, University of Florida

Study ID:IRB201801228 Date Approved: 9/13/2018 Expiration Date: 9/13/2021


UF College of Nursing Autism Study

Does your child have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder? Exciting new evidence is linking the gut intestinal flora to brain and behavior changes. A team of investigators from the University of Florida is currently conducting a new research study in North Central Florida to understand how the gut intestinal flora affects the brain and behavior in Autism. Results from this study might improve diagnostic or treatment options.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder Between the ages of 3 and 18.

WHAT THE STUDY INCLUDES
This study will include interview sessions and comprehensive diagnostic and behavioral assessments at no cost and compensation is provided..
Participation includes:
Interview
Behavioral Assessment
Urine sample
Fecal sample

LEARN MORE: To learn more about the research study, please contact Dr. Jennifer Elder at 352-273-6318 or elderjh@ufl.edu.
Study ID: IRB201701140 Date Approved: 2272018 Expiration Date: 2272021


Chewing and Swallowing Study in Autism

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development (NBD) Lab currently is seeking children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for participation in a clinical research study on chewing and swallowing. This study aims to better understand how sensory and motor dysfunctions contribute to chewing /swallowing difficulties in ASD.

Eligible individuals will be asked to complete the following non-invasive tests:

  • Questions about medical, developmental and family history
  • Autism diagnostic testing (not applicable for controls)
  • Puzzles
  • Chewing and swallowing assessment

Location
Testing will be conducted at UF (Gainesville Campus). All procedures have been approved by our local Institutional Review Board.

Are you eligible?

  • Between the ages of 6 to 12
  • Received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    OR Have not received a diagnosis of ASD.

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Zheng Wang, PhD.
Principal Investigator (PI)
nbd.lab@phhp.ufl.edu
352-294-5309

Participants will be compensated for their time! For more information, contact nbd.lab@phhp.ufl.edu or 352-294-5309

Study ID: IRB201901348 Date Approved: 5/21/2019


Exploring How Girls Get an Autism Diagnosis

If you are the parent or caregiver of a girl diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.

The purpose of this study is to understand how families of girls with autism spectrum disorder experience the process of getting a diagnosis and services for their daughter. This research study involves participating in one or two audio-recorded interviews to tell your story of getting an autism diagnosis and services for your daughter. Participants will receive a $20 gift card.

Location

  • One in-person interview will take place at the University of Florida or another Gainesville location of your choice.
  • We may invite you to participate in a second interview.

You might be eligible if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Are the parent or caregiver of a girl of any age who was diagnosed with autism within the past five years
  • Speak English
  • Can participate in an in-person interview in Gainesville, Florida

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Amber Angell, PhD, OTR/L
Principal Investigator (PI)
aangell@phhp.ufl.edu
352-273-6136

 Study ID:IRB201902919 Date Approved: 1/23/2020


Autism and Victimization

 If your child has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and is between the ages of 12 and 17, they may be eligible to participate in a research study about autism and victimization. 

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how students with autism experience victimization at school. 

Participants will receive: There is no payment for participating in this study. 

 Location / Time:  Location and time based on the needs of your child. One-time 90-minute interview with follow-up questions, if needed. 

 Your child may be eligible if they: 

  • Have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder 
  • Attend public school in the rural US 
  • Are between the ages of 12 and 17 
  • Be willing and cognitively able to participate in a 90 min. interview. 
  • Speak English 

Reasonable accommodations are available.

For more information please contact:

Megan Thornton, MA
Researcher
Principal Investigator (PI)
megan.thornton2@WaldenU.edu 
386-365-2555

If you want to talk privately about your child’s rights as a participant, you can call the Research Participant Advocate at my university at 612-312-1210. Walden University’s approval number for this study is 2019.12.2617:03:12-06’00’ and it expires on 12-25-2020. IRB: 12-26-19-0705701


Social Skill and Autism

If you or your child exhibit difficulties with social skills and would like to learn strategies to make improvements in this area, consider enrolling in our study!

Individuals diagnosed with autism often exhibit difficulties with day-to-day social interactions that could have a profound impact on their life.

The purpose of the current investigation is to identify possible social skill difficulties you or your child exhibit and to teach strategies to make improvements in these areas using various positive reinforcement-based procedures.

Procedures will include brief, 5 to 10-minute sessions lasting no more than 60 minutes per day. Because all individuals have different skill deficits, duration of participation will vary, but will terminate upon mastery of the target skills or after 4 months elapse. You or your children may withdraw from the study at any time.

Participants will not receive compensation.

Location
Telehealth appointments once or twice a week for a duration not to exceed 4 months.

Are you or your child eligible?

  • Must have a diagnosis of autism.
  • Must be between 3 and 25 years of age.
  • Must be able to vocally communicate.

If you’re unsure if you or your child meet the requirements, call or email a member of the study team:
Catherine Kishel, M.Ed., BCBA
Study Coordinator
Catherine.kishel@ufl.edu
352-273-2184
IRB-202001291


Toilet Training and ASD

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic at the University of Florida is conducting a research study to evaluate the best method for toilet training children with ASD.

Requirements:

  • Must have a diagnosis of autism
  • Must be 1-13 years of age
  • Not currently toilet trained

Contact: Brandon C. Perez, UF Psychology, perezb@ufl.edu
Study ID: IRB201601732 Date Approved: 5/21/2020