Research Studies
The following is a list of some of the research studies currently being conducted in Canada. Each study calls for participants for an ASD-related study. Prior to posting these research study requests, the submitter must provide Autism Ontario with a copy of their approved Code of Ethics, a Synopsis of the Thesis, a timeline for the posting and details regarding how interested subjects may participate.(this may include a flyer). Please visit this site regularly to check out what studies are currently available. Researchers: please submit posters in PDF format and include the text you'd like included in the posting.
For questions or submissions, please contact:

  • NEW! York University: The Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory at York University is seeking individuals with a diagnosis of high functioning ASD aged 12 years to 50 years of age. We are measuring auditory and audiovisual processing using a number of computer 'games'. In addition, we are also measuring sounds within the ear with a tiny microphone while sitting quietly in a chair. This will help us to better understand how sensory information is processed. Click here for the poster.
  • NEW! McMaster University: Families needed of children with autism to take part in a study on Autism-friendly Home Environments. The study explores the physical elements that affect the quality of life of autistic children and their families in home environment and how can these elements be designed (or modified) to create an autism-friendly home environment. I am looking for families with an autistic child ages (3 to 16) that has at least one sibling and has been living in their home for at least one year to take part in the study by completing an online Questionnaire posted on the link below. Completing the questionnaire will take approximately (15-20) minutes: More details in the poster. Link to questionnaire. This research is part of her Master program in Geography at McMaster University. For more information about this study please contact: Wasan Nagib directly on her McMaster telephone number or email address. Tel: 905-525-9140 Ext:26187 or
  • NEW! Bloorview Kids Rehab: Transitioning to Employment and Volunteer Work in Ontario - Online Survey: New research study at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. We are trying to understand how to best support youth with autism who are transitioning from high school to employment and volunteer work. We are looking for youth with autism (ages 14-25) and/or their parents to complete an online survey. The survey will take 30-45 minutes to complete. To participate, please contact the research team at Please click here to view our research poster.
  • NEW! Ryerson University in Toronto: We are conducting a music-based behavioural training study involving playing a computer game daily for 2 weeks, and measuring brain activity involved in empathy using EEG. We are hoping to find gains in social skills and emotion recognition following therapy. Children will receive a $25 mall gift card as a thank-you for participating, and families will receive $50 to compensate them for travel expenses. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at Ongoing until December, 2014 Click here for the flier.
  • NEW! McMaster Study: Unusually Intense, Restricted Interests in Autism We are looking for individuals between 16 and 35 years, with a high functioning autism spectrum disorder and an unusually intense interest in one or more things/hobbies. An unusual preoccupation with the weather, watching a specific movie or with going to the mall are some examples of the types of interests we are looking for. The purpose of our study is to investigate the link between genes and these types of preoccupied, restricted behaviours (known as circumscribed interests). It is a two hour, paid study, and we invite interested individuals to contact Jenna Traynor from McMaster University's Developmental Neuroscience Lab ( or 905.525.9140 ext 24784). The study involves eye tracking, questionnaires and a quick and painless cheek swab to use for genetic testing. Click here for the poster.
  • NEW! Research Study - University of Toronto doctoral student - Are you a parent of a child with special needs or disabilities? Are you also lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ)? I am a doctoral student in social work at the University of Toronto. I am currently interviewing LGBTQ parents who have children with suspected or identified special needs. If you are interested in more information about this project, or you know of anyone who might be interested in participating, please contact me at (416) 890-0357 or View the poster.
  • Research Study - Sir Wilfred Laurier graduate student - You are invited to participate in a research study exploring the lived experiences of parents and grandparents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The goal of this research is to understand the lived experiences of the support system of children with ASD. I am looking for both parent and grandparent participation. Please contact me (Kaitlin O'Donnell) via e-mail at View the poster
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Holland Bloorview is conducting clinical trials to investigate whether Riomet can decrease weight gain caused by certain medications. Ages: 6-17 years. Click here for details
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Holland Bloorview is conducting clinical trials to investigate whether Pioglitazone helps to improve symptoms of ASD in children ages 5-12. Click here for details.
  • York University The Children’s Learning Projects Research Lab at York University is looking for participants! We are a research team led by Dr. James Bebko at York University. Our team is dedicated to the study of how children, adolescents, and adults learn about, process, and understand their world. Our research team investigates the language abilities and cognitive skills in typically developing children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disabilities, Deafness/deafness and Attention Difficulties (ADHD/ADD).
    - We are looking for participants between the ages of 3 and 40 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger Syndrome).
    - We are also looking for participants with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder between the ages of 6 – 16 years. We have several ongoing studies, all of which take between 1 -2 hours.
    Please Contact us: Children’s Learning Projects Lab
    Phone: 416-650-8495 Email:
    Click here for the flier.
  • University of Toronto study: They are conducting research on narrative comprehension in adolescents with high-functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger syndrome, and in typically developing adolescents. To learn more about the study or find out how to participate click here.
  • Oxytocin Hormone study: Researchers at Toronto's Holland Bloorview have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to run a randomized clinical trial to see if oxytocin can also help improve social functioning in kids and teens with autism. Click here to read more about the study. To participate in the study please contact Lisa Genore at or call 416-425-6220 ext. 6443.
  • Genome Canada Announement: Autism Ontario would like to congratulate Genome Canada on their applied genomics and personalized health care advancement. Individualized medical treatment that is based on genomic sequencing technology will be available for persons diagnosed with ASD. To view Genome Canada’s current projects click here.
  • New! - Research Questionairre -New! Research Questionnaire! - University of Windsor study (Doctoral student) - looking for parents whose children is receiving or has received the Ontario IBI program. Please click here to access Research Questionnaire. If you would like to receive a printed version of the survey and stamped return address envelope, or if you would like to receive the survey by phone, please contact Michelle Turan by email or phone 905.220.6662
  • NEW! - Research Study - Online Study for Parents through Queen's University: Parents of children between the ages of 5-12 diagnosed with ASD needed to participate in an online study at Queen’s University. The study will require you to complete questionnaires about your child’s behaviours and emotional responses. All verbal abilities and levels of functioning welcome. The study is being conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Kelley's lab at Queen's University. The study is completely confidential and non-invasive. To participate, please click here and enter the password asdstudy. For more information, please contact: Laurel Dault at (613-533-2894)
  • NEW! - Research Study - Music-based behavioural intervention study for detailed parent information click here. For information on the study click here
  • NEW! - Research Study - Punjabi/Hindi speaking families of young children with ASD for families in the Greater Toronto Area (Peel Region). Do you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder who has been to kindergarten in the last 2 or 3 years? For information in English click here. For information in Punjabi/Hindi click here.
  • Studying the Development of Children - Biological mothers and fathers will answer questions about their child 4 years or younger. Click here for information.
  • Surrey Place & York University - Research on Teen Friendships and Dating - Flyer | Consent Form (Youth) | Consent Form (parent) | Approval Letter
  • CHEO Study - Conceptualizations of Sexuality Education for Youth with an Autism Disorder - to understand what sexuality education means for youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents Click here for English and Click here for French
  • University of Western Study: Is social success achievable in individuals with autistic disorder? Adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are invited to participate in a study that aims to determine the social success of the individual with autistic disorder both at home and at school and to determine what factors may be influencing this ability in each setting. Click here for more information.
  • Sick Kids Study: Participants with ASD (aged 7-15yrs) are needed to take part in research studies investigating brain function during cognitive and memory tasks. Volunteers will participate in neuropsychological and neuroimaging testing. Read more.
  • University of Windsor Study: It's all in how you see it: Predicting parents' treatment selection for their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As the title suggests, the purporse of the study is to look at the factors associated with parents' selection of specific types of treatment for their children. Looking to recruite parents of children aged 21 and under. Read more.
  • University of Western Study: The Written Expression Skills of Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Read more.
  • Go4kidds Study: Social Inclusion Study - This study will involve 6- to 12-year old children with moderate to severe Developmental Disabilities. The goal is to observe social inclusion in the community and/or school through observation of the child, questionnaires, andinterviews with parents, teachers and/or community leaders. Read more.
    University of Windsor Study: We are looking for Mandarin speaking parents of children with autism spectrum disorders living in the Greater Toronto Area who have been through the kindergarten entrance process in the last 2 or 3 years to participate in a focus group discussion with other Mandarin speaking parents who have also been through the process. Click here to read more.

Research Committee
Autism Ontario strongly supports research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our Research Committee provides direction to the organization by identifying priority areas and advising where our support and funds should be directed. A large component of the funding we provide goes to research scholarships, which encourage students to pursue a career in the field, and particularly in the area of ASD research.  

Autism Ontario's Research Committee, comprised of researchers and community leaders in the Autism field, are currently the following:
  • Anita Acheson
  • Dr. James Bebko (chair)
  • Laura Cavanagh
  • Dr. Mary Konstantareas
  • Aliya Rahim
  • Dr. Glenn Rampton
  • Margaret Spoelstra
The Supplementary Resource Group serves as a resource to the Research Committee and other groups of Autism Ontario. The Resource Group can consist of researchers, parents, community agency representatives, and others interested in reviewing scholarship applications and providing input to other Autism Ontario groups on an ad hoc basis.

Research Scholarships
To find out about our research scholarships, please click here.

Partners in Research
Autism Ontario actively supports organizations whose work focuses on research.

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