IAR - Participate in Research

Advances in the understanding and treatment of autism and related developmental disorders are dependent on sound research. Faculty at the IAR are dedicated to conducting rigorous studies that shed light on key aspects of the disorders and identify effective treatments and educational programming that maximizes the quality of life of those affected and their families. If you are interested in participating in research, please consider one of the projects listed below. These projects are currently accepting applications.

This study is seeking high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in a clinical trial evaluating the outpatient social development program, MAXout


  • Male and female children, ages 7-12 years, diagnosed with ASD
  • Cognitive and language skills near the average range, or in the average range or above

Study description

  • Children will attend two 90-minute sessions per week over 18 weeks
  • Treatment is delivered in small groups of 4 children with high functioning ASD and targets social skills, emotion-recognition skills, non-literal language skills, and interest expansion
  • All children in the study will receive the full treatment (either in the initial group or in the delayed treatment group)
  • Treatment effects will be determined using measures completed prior to treatment, immediately following treatment, and 4-6 weeks following post-treatment measures
  • Participation in the study is free and voluntary and no compensation is provided for participation

 How to participate

 The MAXout project is funded by a research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense – Autism Research Program

This study is a follow-up pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of an adapted version of our summerMAX program for children ages 4-6 years old. The core emphasis of summerMAXyc will be similar to our present summer program such that we will teach social skills and provide multiple opportunities to practice the skills.  The program will target social skills, face and emotion recognition, and interest expansion using fun activities specifically designed for young kids in a camp format. This summer the program will be conducted over 5 weeks, Monday through Friday, from June 25th through July 27th.  The cost of the program ranges from $1275 to $775 depending upon family income.  A sliding scale is offered so that no family will be denied due to an inability to pay. 

If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please submit:

  • Documentation of Diagnosis/Prior Evaluation reports (psychological, psychiatric, and/or speech and language reports)
  • Family Information Form (required) – please print, complete, and submit
  • Most recent IEP or IFSP (if receives special education services)

Submit via mail, email, or fax to:

summerMAX - Young Child
Institute for Autism Research
Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208
Fax Number: (716) 888-8540
Email: iar@canisius.edu

For questions, contact the IAR at iar@canisius.edu or 716-888-2800

Aging and Autism Study 

In this NIA/NIH funded project, the IAR is partnering with community organizations to recruit adults for a study of the relationship between aging and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characteristics.


Online Survey for Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are Transitioning to Adulthood

Researchers from Michigan State University are developing an online family psychoeducation program to support caregivers who have a family member with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) transitioning to adulthood. Dr. Gloria Lee and her colleagues are seeking families who have a transition-age family member (age 14 and up) who has ASD to participate in this 10-minute online survey. The survey asks about users' internet utilization and needs which will then be used to help Dr. Lee and her team develop a web-based psychoeducation program for families and caregivers of individuals with ASD who are transitioning to adulthood.  Participants will be eligible to participate in the program once it is developed.  

The survey has been approved by Michigan State University’s institutional review board, and can be accessed by clicking this secure link here.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Lee, at Michigan State University if you have further questions via her e-mail: leekalai@msu.edu.