Studies, Research & Papers

Research Opportunities

Throughout the  year, there are many opportunities to participate in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research studies. Let’s work together to further understand ASD.

Keep checking back for updated opportunities.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Sept. 2020

Study: Caregiver separation

Looking for children with ASD or a dual diagnosis of SAD and ASD, with an intellectual impairment. Child participants should be between the age of 3-6 who have difficulty separating from their caregiver in the home environment when the caregiver is out of sight for a period no longer than one minute. Each child participant must have the ability to request for a caregiver’s presence and follow simple instructions with or without pictures as cues.

The study will take place in your home or through an online video conference with a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, to test the effectiveness of a behaviour treatment for caregiver separation. The anticipated time commitment for participation in this study is 30 minutes, three times per week, for a maximum of eight weeks, with an approximate 1-hour screening procedure and orientation prior. All sessions will be recorded.

If you are interested in being provided with more information about this
study, please email

More info here.


University of Calgary, June 2020

Study: Families Facing COVID-19

The University of Calgary wants to know how you and your family are coping in these uncertain times! The team is looking for participants for their new research study. Participants will receive a $10 gift card as compensation for their time.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time for everyone, and it may be especially stressful for neurodiverse individuals such as those with autism and their families. Regular routines may be disrupted, finances may be tight and uncertain, and supports and services that families may have otherwise been accessing (e.g., therapies, respite, counselling, support groups and other social networks) may be harder to reach.

The aim of this study is to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of autistic individuals and their families. What we learn from this study will help us identify the current needs and priorities of families during and after the pandemic. We would also like to know how we can support families of children with ASD who are already vulnerable to stress and mental health concerns now and post-quarantine.”

The online survey takes 15-30 minutes to complete:

More info here. 


University of Alberta, May 2020

Study: Bilingualism in children with autism spectrum disorder

You and your child are invited to participate in a research study about bilingualism in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). You are free to join this study or not.

What is the reason for doing the study?
The purpose of this study is to better understand dual and second language learning in children with ASD in order to better support bilingual children and their families.

Who are the participants in this research study?
We are looking for six types of children between the age of 5 and 16 years. These types of children are:

  1. Children with ASD from English homes
  2. Children with ASD from homes where English and another language are spoken
  3. Children with ASD who attend immersion language education programs
  4. Children without ASD from English homes
  5. Children without ASD from homes where English and another language are spoken
  6. Children without ASD who attend immersion language education programs

Bilingual research study information sheet
Bilingual research study poster

To participate, please contact:
Chantal Labonté, M.Ed
University of Alberta