Aging and Autism Study

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This project examines the relationship between aging and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characteristics in older adults. Research on ASD in older adulthood lags significantly behind that of research in other age groups. In this project, Canisius partnered with community organizations to recruit individuals aged 65 and older to participate in a two-phase study protocol. This project facilitates subsequent longitudinal studies of aging in adults with and without ASD characteristics. This project also tests potential indicators of positive aging outcomes with the aim of identifying targets for future intervention research in this understudied and underserved population.

Contact info:

Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Institute for Autism Research
716-888-2513, lodismij@canisius.edu

Jonathan D. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Institute for Autism Research
716-888-2815, rodgers1@canisius.edu


This work is being supported by the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health Grant R21 AG059051-01, awarded to Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Jonathan D. Rodgers, James P. Donnelly, Christopher Lopata, and Marcus L. Thomeer at Canisius College.