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 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.

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 4 and 24 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, M.A., BCBA, Study Coordinator

Study ID:IRB201801632 Date Approved: 11/1/2018 Expiration Date: 7/11/2019

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.


  • Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  •  Between the ages of 3 and 18


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 MORETo learn more about the research study, please contact Dr. Jennifer Elder at 352-273-6318 or

Study ID: IRB201701140 Date Approved: 2/27/2018 Expiration Date: 2/27/2021

Improving Auditory Hyper-Sensitivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Do certain sounds bother your child? Does your child have autism?

We are doing a research study to evaluate a treatment for improving auditory hyper-sensitivity in children with autism spectrum disorder.

This FREE treatment will

  • teach participants self-regulation skills
  • gently and systematically expose them to auditory stimuli to teach them to better tolerate specific sounds

If you are interested in participating in out study please contact:

Tana Carson, Ph.D., OTR/L
Prinicpal Inversitigator

Lisa Guerrero, M.Ed., BCBA
Research Assistant

Study Flier

Study ID: IRB201601664 Date Approved: 8/4/2017 Expiration Date: 6/13/2020

Telehealth Delivery of Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Young Children with Autism 
Do you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder? Do they have sleep problems? Would you like to participate in our current research study?
We are looking for families in to participate in our research study of parent training as a tool in treating sleep problems in young children with an autism spectrum disorder. This study is designed for parents of preschool age children (Ages 2 years old to less than 7 years old) with autistic spectrum disorder who are also displaying bedtime or sleep problems. The purpose of this study is to determine if our parent training program and parent education program are acceptable and helpful to parents. As part of the study you and your child will be required to complete questionnaires, document sleep habits and attend five sessions all using telehealth technology.
To be eligible to participate:
  • Child must be between 2 and less than 7 years of age.
  • Child must have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
  • Child must have bedtime or sleep disturbance.
The possible benefits of participation in this study are the improvement of your child’s sleep and bedtime behaviors.
Contact: or 216-448-6392
CCF IRB#: 18-872  Approval Date: 8/2I/20I8  Expiration Date: 8/20/2019

Social Communication and Interactions

Sarkis Clinical Trials in Gainesville ( is now recruiting volunteers for two studies of an investigational drug called balovaptan to find out if it helps participants with “high-functioning” ASD (IQ of at least 70) manage social and communication challenges a little easier.

  • The aV1ation Study is for children and adolescents with ASD (8-17 years old).
  • The V1ADUCT Study is for adults with ASD (at least 18 years old) who have an adult “study partner” (someone they see and speak to regularly who is willing to attend several clinic visits and complete study questionnaires).

Both studies include:

  • A screening period to establish eligibility for participation
  • A dosing period of 24 weeks
  • An extension period (1 year for the aV1ation study and 2 years for the V1ADUCT study) in which everyone receives the study drug
  • A follow-up period of 12 weeks

For both studies, the experienced clinical trial staff provides all study-related medical care, lab work, and study medication at no cost. No health insurance is needed.

Compensation for time and travel is provided for both studies. Parking is free, and free transportation may be available.

For more information, visit the study websites:

The aV1ation Study for children and adolescents (8-17 years old)

The V1ADUCT Study for adults (at least 18 years old)

Questions? Call Sarkis Clinical Trials at 352-333-0094.

Help Advance the Science of Autism

UM-NSU CARD is asking for your participation in a new landmark autism research project called SPARK. Joining SPARK is simple –register online at and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit, shipped to your home. The mission of SPARK is to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. By participating, you help make new research possible that was not possible in the past. Individuals with autism receive $50 gift card for their participation. For more information, you can contact SPARK is funded by the Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD

We are looking for teenagers and young adults (ages 14 to 22) with autism spectrum disorder, their parents or caregivers, and their service providers to participate in a study to help us better understand experiences with collaboration during the postsecondary-transition planning process. Specifically, we seek to better understand about how each person works together to ensure the needs of the adolescent/young adult are met before he or she leaves high school and what factors impact collaboration. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to take part in an interview lasting between 60 to 90 minutes. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face, by phone, or by video conferencing (e.g., Skype or Google Hangout) at your convenience. In addition, we will ask parents/caregivers and service providers to fill out a brief demographic questionnaire. All information collected will be kept confidential. Through this research, we hope to generate knowledge that will inform future research and practice.

Please contact Elizabeth Klinepeter at to indicate your interest in participation or with any questions.

IRB #201601730

Child Abuse Prevention and Sexuality Education

We are looking for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate in a study that has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Florida International University. The purpose of this study is to examine your knowledge level regarding child abuse and your concern about your child’s safety. You will also be asked about your comfort level with providing sexual education and sexual abuse prevention information to your child.  Children with ASD have been found to be at an increased risk for abuse, but there are few programs to help parents talk to their children about this problem. This study seeks to determine how big of a concern sexual victimization is to you and how willing you are to talk to your child about it.  The study will only take about 15-20 minutes for you to respond to questions through an anonymous on line survey. All of the information you provide will be confidential and no identifying information will be used.

We are hopeful that the results of this study will help us learn more about what parents of children with ASD are concerned about regarding sexuality education. This information can help inform future programming for parents.  Please click on link to get started:

Alternately, contact Dr. Maureen Kenny at or Christina Crocco,  and we can send you the link or respond to questions.

Ongoing Research Projects at the UF Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC)