Research

These research opportunities are listed as a courtesy to UF CARD constituents. Specific questions should be directed to the contact person listed for each study. Content is updated at least twice a year.

Research opportunity

Aging Well in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development lab (NBDlab) is seeking autistic individuals and control participants between ages 30 and 75 years for a research study on sensorimotor skill and brain function of ASD.

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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

Vocational Fit Assessment and Employment Status in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Researchers at the University of Florida are conducting a study to improve the Vocational Fit Assessment, a tool designed to help young adults, ages 18-22, with intellectual disabilities find a good job fit.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Self-Advocacy App

Help develop a new app that helps youth and young adults with disabilities speak up for their needs.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Caregivers’ Perceptions of Barriers to Accessing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

Help us to identify perceived barriers and facilitators of accessing therapy services.

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Research Opportunity

Housing Survey

This study aims to collect information on the housing needs for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families.

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

OASIS Caregiver Training Research Project

The OASIS caregiver training is approximately 16-24 weeks long. During the training, you will complete web-based modules where you will: • learn to apply evidence-based skills with your child • receive guidance from a trained OASIS coach

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Sleep Concerns?

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic is evaluating sleep patterns and problem behavior in children.

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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

Problem Behavior and Autism

If your child exhibits mild to moderate problem behavior and you would like us to evaluate the function of everyday consequences of that behavior, consider enrolling in our study!

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Teeth Grinding

Does your child grind their teeth during the day?

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

OT Needs Assessment Survey

Goal: Determine the need for free pediatric occupational therapy services in Gainesville

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

SPARK for Autism

Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK) Online research partnership involving individuals with autism & their families, to speed up research & advance our understanding of autism. SPARK is sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Strengthening Families

Your Help is Needed to Understand the Impact of Parenting Together (e.g.co-parenting) on Families of Children with ASD

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

ASD Literacy Survey Study

Have a K-6th grade child with autism? We’d love to hear from you about your child’s reading and writing instruction before and during the COV-19 pandemic! 

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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Telehealth Support for Parents of Children with Autism

We are conducting a study on the feasibility of using a mobile application to provide behavior consultation support for parents of children with autism who present with challenging behaviors.

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Aging Well in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Neurocognitive and Behavioral Development lab (NBD-lab) seeks autistic adults and control individuals for participation in a research study focused on healthy aging.
Aging, or getting older, might change someone’s brain function, motor skills, health condition, or how they feel about their life. By understanding how these things might change, in the future we might be able to help autistic adults stay heathier longer.

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

  • Autism screening and diagnostic evaluation
  • Questions about medical, developmental, and family history
  • Tests of motor skill
  • Tests of brain anatomy and function
  • Questions about quality-of-life and happiness

Locations:
Tests are conducted at three locations on the UF Gainesville main campus, including the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD), Florida Gymnasium, and McKnight Brain Imaging
Center.

Are you eligible?

  • Between the ages of 30 to 75 years
  • Received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), OR
  • Meet our requirement as a control participant

This is NOT a treatment study. Participants will be compensated for their time and reimbursed for travel.

Contact:
Zheng Wang, PhD., Principal Investigator (PI)
Email or call 352-294-5309

Study ID:IRB201801378 Date Approved: 10/2/2020


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.

Participants will be compensated for their time!

Contact:
Zheng Wang, PhD., Principal Investigator (PI)
Email or call 352-294-5309

Study ID:IRB201901348 Date Approved: 2/24/2020


Vocational Fit Assessment and Employment Status in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Goal: Explore the work-related experiences of people with intellectual disabilities.

Who can participate?

  • Adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, currently engaged in work activities
  • A person who knows them well and has been a part of their life for over a year (e.g., teacher, parent, job coach, employer)

Interview partners will:

  • Provide background information on the adult with intellectual disability
  • Talk about what they are good at or work history

How long with it take?

  • Each interview will take approximately 2 hours
  • There will be 3 interviews: now, in 12 months, and again in 24 months
  • Questions will be given to participant partners two weeks before to allow more time for reading and preparation
  • As a thank you gift, each participant partner will receive $40 for each interview (each partner can expect to receive $120)

Contact:
Elizabeth Kennelly-Smith, Research Coordinator
Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor University of Florida
University of Florida Department of Occupational Therapy
For more information, email or call 352-273-9365.

Protocol Number: 19-8656H


Self-Advocacy App

Help develop a new app that helps youth and young adults with disabilities speak up for their needs.

We are looking for teens and young adults:

  • Ages 14-22
  • With developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, or Down syndrome
  • With intellectual disabilities

What will happen?

  • Answer questions on the app.
  • Your parent, guardian, or other adult will also answer some questions about you and your abilities.
  • Meet with us one time.
  • You can choose to do the study in a location that is safe and easy for you.
  • After the meeting, you will receive a $20.00 gift card.

Contact:
Elizabeth Kennelly-Smith, Research Coordinator
Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor University of Florida
University of Florida Department of Occupational Therapy
For more information, email or call 352-273-9365.

This study is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R42HD090772

Study ID:IRB201903395 Date Approved: 6/23/2021 


Caregivers’ Perceptions of Barriers to Accessing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

Help us to identify perceived barriers and facilitators of accessing therapy services.

We are looking for caregivers who:

  • have a child with autism spectrum disorder who is age 17 years or younger
  • who live in Alachua or Marion county, and
  • who registered with UF CARD in 2019

What will happen?

  • Meet with one of the researchers for 1-2 hours.
  • Meetings can be either in-person or via telehealth.
  • Gas cards will provided to caregivers who meet face-to-face with the researchers.

Contact:
Email Janelle Bacotti at the University of Florida

Study ID: IRB202002887 Date Approved: 12/02/2020


UF Health Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment
(UF Health CAN) Housing Survey

Purpose: This study aims to collect information on the housing needs for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. This information will be used by UF CAN and other organizations in measuring, defining, and sharing information about the housing needs and support services needed for adults with developmental disabilities in the State of Florida, in order to help them transition more independently into affordable and inclusive housing of their choice.

Who is eligible to participate in the survey?
Individuals 18 years or older, Living in Florida, and Diagnosed with a developmental disability
OR
Caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities living in Florida

What do you need to do?

• Click the survey link

• Answer the 21 questions listed on your computer, tablet, or phone. (Should take about 10 – 15 minutes to complete.)

For more information about this research study (approved 06/07/2021), contact Carla Schmidt or Ann-Marie Orlando.
Study ID: IRB202100150 Date approved: 06/07/2021


OASIS Caregiver Training Research Project

The OASIS caregiver training is approximately 16-24 weeks long. During the training, you will complete web-based modules where you will:

  • learn to apply evidence-based skills with your child
  • receive guidance from a trained OASIS coach

What to expect during the weekly 1-hour sessions?
The OASIS Coaches will:

  • review the online information and answer questions
  • provide suggestions for activities to do with your child during the session
  • provide support and immediate feedback as you learn new skill to help your child


What are the informational modules and how do I access them?

  • Modules contain information related to teaching and caring for a child with communication and behavioral challenges
  • You can access the modules at home, a library or other location with internet access
  • You will complete online forms that help the provider tailor your weekly therapy sessions
  • OASIS coaches will help you to get started

Our services to your family will include:

  • Information about best practice and evidence-based approaches to use with your child
  • Instruction and support on how to promote independence, gain compliance, and teach your child appropriate replacement skills for problem behaviors
  • Strategies to advance your child’s social and academic skills, encourage generalization of new skills, and maintain learned skills
  • Help with accessing services available to your child at local and state levels
  • Techniques on developing effective methods of interacting and playing with your child

How do I qualify?
You must meet the following qualifications:

  • Your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Your child is between 3 years and 0 months and 5 years 11 months.
  • Your child is receiving no more than 10 hours per week of intensive ABA
  • You must have access to a computer with camera, microphone and audio capabilities and reliable internet access.
  • You must be willing to commit to hour-long weekly sessions for a period of 16 to 24 weeks.
  • You must be willing to commit to completing the weekly online modules and assessments (approx.one hour) for a period of 16 to 24 weeks.
  • English must be your primary language.

For more information, please email the OASIS Project.
UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment and the University of Florida College of Education
Study ID: IRB202002454


Sleep Concerns?

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC) at the University of Florida is evaluating sleep patterns and problem behavior in children.

  • Required that the child not co-sleep.
  • Preferred that the child attends a clinic for ABA therapy, but not required.
  • All sleep analyses conducted in the home.

For more information email BARC.


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 Catherine Kishel, M.Ed., BCBA, Study Coordinator, or call 352-273-2184.
Study ID: IRB202001291


Problem Behavior and Autism

If your child exhibits mild to moderate problem behavior and you would like us to evaluate the function of everyday consequences of that behavior, consider enrolling in our study!

Individuals diagnosed with autism often exhibit problem behavior that is disruptive to themselves and others.

The purpose of the current investigation is to evaluate the function of common, everyday consequences of the problem behaviors of children with ASD.

Procedures will include brief, 5 to 10-minute sessions lasting no more than 30 minutes per day. Because all individuals have different problem behaviors, duration of participation will vary, but will terminate upon completion of the evaluation or after 2 months elapse.
You or your children may withdraw from the study at any time.

Participants will not receive compensation.

Location:
In person appointments at the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment 1-3 times per week for a duration not to exceed 2 months.

Is your child eligible?

  • Must have a diagnosis of autism.
  • Must be between 3 and 18 years of age.
  • Problem behavior must not be severe (e.g. head-directed self-injury; dangerous aggression)

If you’re unsure if you or your child meet the requirements, call or email Catherine Kishel, M.Ed., BCBA, Study Coordinator, or call 352-273-2184.
Study ID: IRB202101280 Date Approved: 7/30/2021


DOES YOUR CHILD GRIND THEIR TEETH DURING THE DAY?

The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic is evaluating assessment and treatment strategies for teeth grinding while awake.

Requirements:

  • Diagnosis of ASD
  • Ages: 2-13 yrs
  • Must engage in teethgrinding while awake

Contact:
Savannah Tate
tatesavannah@ufl.edu

Study ID:IRB202000522 Date Approved: 6/16/2021


OT Needs Assessment Survey

Goal: Determine the need for free pediatric occupational therapy services in Gainesville

Who can participate?
Parents of children under 18 years of age, who live in Alachua County.

What will you do?
Complete a short survey (< 5 minutes)about your child’s need for occupational therapy services.

To participate, go to survey.

For more information contact:
Shelby Waldron, OTS
University of Florida
Department of Occupational Therapy
swaldron@ufl.edu

Project ID: 1627


Strengthening Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding the Family Impact of Parenting Together

  • Help Us Help Parents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Your Help is Needed to Understand the Impact of Parenting Together (e.g. co-parenting) on Families of Children with ASD
  • Looking for Married or Cohabiting Couples With at Least 1 Child with ASD 3-17 years old
  • Both Partners Needed to Participate in Study
  • Share an Hour of Your Time by Completing an Online Survey
  • Receive $50 Compensation per Couple for a Date Night!

The study goal is to understand the way partners in families of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder work together as parents and how this can influence family and individual adjustment.

Interested participants should email Amy Robertson for more information. You will receive a follow-up email letter providing a link to a survey on Qualtrics.
Study ID: FSU IRB00001750 Date Approved: 11/12/2020


ASD Literacy Study Survey

Have a K-6th grade child with autism? We’d love to hear from you about your child’s reading and writing instruction before and during the COV-19 pandemic! 

This research project is fully online, and families from across the United States are encouraged to participate.
This is an online survey that will take 60 to 75 minutes to complete.
Families will receive a $25 gift card compensation for participation.  
Your perspective is important to us as we hope to learn more about literacy instruction during a worldwide pandemic!

Survey Link

If you have any questions, please contact:  
Nancy McIntyre, PhD Assistant Professor School of Communication Sciences & Disorders College of Health Professions and Sciences University of Central Florida nancy.mcintyre@ucf.edu   

Matthew Zajic, PhD Assistant Professor Intellectual Disability/ Autism Program Department of Health & Behavior Studies Teachers College, Columbia University mcz2114@tc.columbia.edu


TELEHEALTH SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

We are conducting a study on the feasibility of using a mobile application to provide behavior consultation support for
parents of children with autism who present with challenging behaviors. Earn $50 for completing screening, and
pre- and post- intervention assessments to help with research.

What Would I Have to Do?

  • Participate in a telehealth screening appointment to determine eligibility for the study
  • Attend a telehealth consultation session to learn evidence-based behavior management strategies
  • Enroll in one month of telehealth support to manage your child’s behaviors
  • Complete assessments before and after treatment to help with research

Is This Study Right for Me?

  • Do you have a child with autism between ages 3 to 13 years?
  • Are you struggling to manage your child’s challenging behaviors (e.g. tantrums, non-compliance, difficulties with transitions, and aggression)?
  • Are you comfortable completing surveys about you and your child in English?

If you answered YES, then you are invited to participate! Please note that participation is voluntary and free of charge.

Contact us at (540) 315-3273 or email us for more information.
Brought to you by the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research, using Treks Health
Study ID: IRB#20-676