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

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adulthood

The iar is now developing a program examining autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adulthood. The goal of this work is to identify the specific need for interventions and supports for adults with ASD.

Most research about ASD is focused in children, in fact little is known about ASD in adult samples. Registering for this study will facilitate the future recruitment efforts of researchers at the IAR. You do not have to have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis to participate. We need participants with a range of characteristics to participate in this important research! Your potential participation in this research could greatly enhance our understanding of aging and ASD.

If interested in participating in this study, click here.  Completing the form on this secure link will  should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will indicate you may be interested in participating in future research on aging and ASD.

You are under no obligation to participate further and your participation in this research will in no way impact the services you could receive in the future from the iar or community-based ASD service programs. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology at Canisius College at lodismij@canisius.edu or 716-888-2513 if you have questions regarding this research.

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.