Research Studies
The following is a list of some of the ASD research studies currently being conducted in Canada and abroad. Each study calls for participants with an ASD diagnosis.

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. Please visit this site regularly to check out what studies are currently available.

Researchers: Please include the text you'd like included in the posting along with the end date for recruitment. If you would like to include a poster link, please include the URL. For questions or submissions, please contact: research@autismontario.com. Please note, it may take up to 5 business days for a response. Thank you.
  • NEW! Participants needed! McMaster University: The Rutherford lab is conducting a study on strategies that children use when perceiving emotions in faces. We are looking for individuals ages 6-16, who classify as high functioning on the spectrum, to participate in a computer task and a brief interview. There will be two separate sessions. Upon completion, participants will receive $30 . Please contact Olivia Jon at jono@mcmaster.ca or by phone at 905 525 9140 ext. 26033. Post Until June 2017
  • NEW! Participants needed! University of New Brunswick:The purpose of this study is to examine which factors predict quality of life for school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are interested in individual and environmental factors which may be related to higher levels of quality of life for these children. Should parents choose to participate they will be directed to an online survey that will ask them demographic details and details related to quality of life, the child’s autism symptoms, behaviours, functional skills, task persistence, parent’s mental well-being, siblings, school setting, friendships, and participation in activities outside of school. After completing the survey, participants will be entered to win 1 of 5 $20 VISA gift cards. The survey should take roughly 30 minutes to complete. Eligible parents must have a child with ASD between 8-11 years old. The survey can be accessed at: https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/qolconsent.aspx Post Until August 2017
  • NEW! Participants needed! University of New Brunswick:The purpose of this study is to examine which factors predict parent stress and family quality of life for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when that child is making the transition out of high school. Although some research has shown that this is a stressful transition for parents, little research has been done to examine what factors predict that stress. Specifically, we are interested in examining the predictive power of parent coping strategies, child behaviour, and transition related details in predicting parent stress and family quality of life. The survey should take between 30 minutes and 1 hour to complete. Eligible parents must have a child with ASD in grades 9-12 in Canada or that has graduated high school in Canada in the last 3 years. After completing the survey, participants will be entered to win 1 of 5 $20 VISA gift card. The survey can be accessed at: https://survey.psyc.unb.ca/transitionsurvey.aspx. Post Until August 2017
  • NEW! Participants needed! University of Waterloo:We live in dynamic world; vision is our window to translate movements in a meaningful way. Motion perception is the sensitivity of our vision to receive and interoperate these movements in everyday activities. We will examine visual responses to different types of motion using computer-based tests in a group of adults with high functioning autism.We will investigate the visual performance using computer-based stimuli, which in most consist of dots that run different direction, speed, and different timing. This study will be the first to assess perception of visual motion information in autism using these tests. The findings should add more knowledge on understanding motion information processing in the brain and how we perceive moving objects. The current study will also possibly help to provide recommendations and advice to those tasks that involve motion perception that individuals with ASD might do in every day activities. If you have been diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder, your age is between 16- 40, we invite you to participate in our computer-based tests. Your participation involves a one-time visit of approximately 2 hours. In appreciation for your time, you will receive $40. For more information about this study, or to participate for this study, please contact: Asmaa Bakroon ,Optometry Department and Vision Science, Waterloo University at:226 978 0424 or Email: abakroon@uwaterloo.ca. Post Until September 2017
  • NEW! Participants needed! York University: If you are over 18 years old and have ASD (including ASD, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome or anyone with an intellectual disability) OR if you are a caregiver to someone with a ASD (e.g., parent, sibling, support worker etc.), researchers at York University would like to hear about your experiences with the police, your views regarding current police knowledge and training on DDs, and what you think police officers should know about people with DDs. You can participate even if you have not had any experiences with the police. The goal of this project is to collect information that will be used to create training materials for police & law enforcement professionals on how to better interaction with people with developmental disabilities. As thanks, you will be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift certificate! This survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, and can be completed online, or in-person. Participants who would like to complete the survey in-person will be compensated with two TTC tokens, or a $6 gift card. Results of this project, and any training material created from it, will be shared with participants. For more information, or to schedule an in-person meeting, contact Alisha at salern0a@yorku.ca (the 0 in my e-mail is a zero). To participate in our online survey, go to: www.prddproject.com
  • NEW! Participants needed! University of Alberta: Is your child about to transition from early intervention services into the school system? Based on your experiences with the transition process experienced with your child, your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated. Your involvement would include completing a 20-minute questionnaire that investigates how your child is handling during the transition and once your child is in school fulltime. Also, we may invite you to participate in an interview concerning your experiences with the transition process, your opinion on how the process should go, and in what way the transition has affected your child. You will be asked questions about your experiences with the transition team (e.g., school and early intervention staff), how your child is currently functioning, and how you think the transition could have been improved. If you choose to participate, you will be provided with a summary of your particular child’s results, which may help you plan for future transitions. If you choose to participate, please click on the following link(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mJ7LUdo0rtG9K4mpA-oJBDVHPIvNjIxxfiF90NBiaFc/viewform) to provide the primary investigator with your contact information or you can contact the primary investigator directly at srprice1@ualberta.ca or at (780) 860-7454. Post until June 2017
  • NEW! Participants needed! Yale University is currently conducting an anonymous, online survey for post-secondary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The number of individuals with ASD in post-secondary academic settings is increasing. Meanwhile, even though most of these students are well-equipped intellectually for post-secondary education, studies suggest they often struggle with academic achievement, express decreased satisfaction with their post-secondary experience, and have a greater incidence of prematurely dropping out of school. The goals of this project are to gain a better understanding of the experiences of these students, and to utilize this information to provide insight to schools, so they are aware of the needs and types of services they should provide to best serve their students with ASD. If you are interested in taking part in this study, or would like further information about it, please visit the following webpage: https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Tbw8CFN7tPnx7D, or contact the study researcher, Scott Jackson at scott.jackson@yale.edu. Post until May 2017.
  • Participants needed! McMaster University is investigating whether a child-centred wearable device can be used for the early screening, and detection, of ASD. Gait disturbances are one of the first symptoms of ASD and refers to any deviation from the walking patterns of typically developing children. While previous studies have identified gait disturbances among children with ASD, only a few studies have used quantitative methods to analyze this relationship. WADE (Walking Analyzing Device) is designed to obtain critical gait parameters, while also remaining cognizant of the child’s comfort and preferences. WADE is a soft, lightweight monkey with a fashionable bow tie; there are sensors imbedded in the bow tie which track your child’s gait patterns. WADE is placed on both ankles for approximately 5 minutes and analyzes how your child walks, and responds to certain tasks like walking on a straight line. As your child walks the sensors will transfer his/her gait patterns in real time via low energy Bluetooth. We are currently seeking children between the ages of 3 and 5 who have been diagnosed with ASD. Our research aims to obtain quantitative knowledge of gait abnormalities, which may be useful for the screening, and early detection of ASD. If you are interested in enrolling your child for this short gait assessment, please contact the Primary Investigator, Navita Dyal, at dyaln@mcmaster.ca or 905-808-4567. Post until March 2017.
  • Participants needed! University of Western Ontario is conducting a study that focuses on the thoughts of students and parents on the social inclusion and exclusion of students with learning difficulties in school. We are currently seeking parents of secondary school students and secondary school students with disabilities to participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to interview students and parents to find out (a) their thoughts on why students with learning difficulties are sometimes socially excluded at school, and (b) their strategies for enhancing the social inclusion of students with learning difficulties at school. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to participate in a phone interview that will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. At a later date, you will be asked to sort and rate a set of anonymous statements taken from interviews with other participants. You will have the option of completing the sorting and rating tasks online or by mail. It will take approximately 30 minutes to sort and rate the statements. If you would like to participate in our study, please contact us at include@uwo.ca to set up an appointment for an interview. Post until March 2017.
  • Participants needed! CAMH is recruiting 16-35 year olds with autism spectrum disorder who are verbal and have problems with organization, task initiation, task management, task completion or shifting focus in the Greater Toronto Area. We are conducting a 4-week study that aims to evaluate whether problems with thinking and organization can be improved through brain stimulation. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), a non-invasive (safe) magnetic device, is used to activate the brain areas responsible for thinking and organization. Participants will get an MRI of their brain, and complete cognitive & functional skills assessments in addition to rTMS sessions. Participants will be compensated 10$ per hour spent in the study, in addition to TTC tokens. The study will take place at CAMH Queen Street West location. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study please contact Rachael Lyon: (416) 535-8501 ext. 30217 or email Rachael.Lyon@camh.ca. Post until March 2017
  • Participants needed! University of Western Ontario : Many children with autism also have difficulties processing the large amount of information coming from their senses. Currently, there are no objective ways to measure these difficulties. Dr. Rob Nicolson and Dr. Susanne Schmid want to better understand how sensory information is processed in children with autism and/or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder as compared to other children. As a participant in this study, your child (under 18 years) would be assessed for psychological abilities, and his/her reactions to background noise and random “click” sounds would be measured. A parent or caregiver would also be asked to fill out some questionnaires about the child. Participation would involve one or two sessions totalling about one hour. You will be compensated for your time and any parking expenses. If you are interested in finding out more, please email sensory@uwo.ca. Post until August 2017.
  • Families needed! Saint Paul University: Building family resilience is essential in dealing with the challenges of autism. By investigating structures of the imaginary and symbolic representation, this positive-focused research aims to discover how the unique characteristics of high-functioning autism can be used to promote family resilience. If any member of your family has been diagnosed with HFASD, ASD Level 1, or Asperger Syndrome, and you live in Eastern Ontario (as far as Toronto), then your family is invited to participate. For the purposes of this research, a family unit must consist of at least 1 parent and 1 child at least 10 years old who are biologically related (adult children are welcome). Participating families will do a simple drawing and story-telling test. They will also participate in at least one interview which will explore how family members help each other to build resilience. The research methodology includes the ongoing sharing of the findings with the participants, who will also receive a copy of the final approved thesis. Furthermore, the research findings will be published and available for use in academic environments in which professionals are trained to work with families living with autism spectrum conditions. If your family would like to participate in this research, please contact Laure-Marie Carignan, at 1-819-209-4023 or mcarignan@ustpaul.ca. Post until May 2017.
  • Participants needed London Health Sciences Centre: Doctors at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre are studying a new medication (tideglusib) for the treatment of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participation will require approximately 9 visits to Children’s Hospital over a 4 month period. Most visits will take about two hours. Questionnaires about symptoms and side effects will be completed at each visit. Including the screening visit, blood samples will be required at 6 of the appointments to monitor safety, drug levels, and for other research purposes. Medication will be provided at no cost, and expenses related to participation (such as parking) will be paid for by the research team. Participants will also receive a gift card at each visit as a token of appreciation for their time and effort. If you (or your child) are between the ages of 12 and 17, have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Ahsan Ahmad at (519) 685-8500 Ext 74906 or ahsan.ahmad@lhsc.on.ca for further information. Post until May 2017..
  • Participants needed! York University: Community Involvement in Youth with Intellectual Disability: The purpose of the current study is to learn about how youth with intellectual disabilities are involved in community activities. This survey is for parents/caregivers of youth with intellectual disabilities who are between 11 and 23 years of age, who do not participate in sports, including Special Olympics. The research is being conducted primarily by Dr. Jonathan Weiss, a researcher from York University. Interested parents will complete an online survey that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a $100 gift card. To participate, follow this link: https://yorkupsych.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eOJ7C01j9rGszaZ If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Ryan at: stfung@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 22987. Post until June 2017
  • Participants needed! Queen's University is currently recruiting 11-15 year olds with a current diagnosis of ASD in Kingston or Ottawa to complete a study which examines self-perception. The study will be taking place on either the Queen's University campus or the University of Ottawa campus and will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Your child will be asked to complete a variety of activities and will be asked how they thought they did before and after completing three tasks. They will also do some activities that look at memory and IQ. Your child will be compensated $20 for their time. If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study please call 613-533-2894 or email asd@queensu.ca. Post until July 2017
  • Participants needed! McMaster University Study:The Department of Psychology at McMaster University is actively recruiting participants for a study examining repetitive behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you have a formal diagnosis of ASD (including autism, Asperger's, PDD, PDD-NOS), are able to read, and between the ages of 16 - 35 years, you may qualify to participate. The study involves MRI scanning and is completed at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Charlton Campus. The study takes 2 hours to complete and pays $25.00. Parking will be reimbursed. Please contact Jenna Traynor at: traynoj@mcmaster.ca or 289-682-0470 for more information. Post until June 30, 2017
  • Brock University: Does your child with ASD wander from you in public places? Are you concerned about your child’s safety? We would like to help! As a caregiver of a child with ASD, you will receive behavioural skills training from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) so that you can teach your child how to seek help if separated from you in a public place. The research will take place in your home and in local stores. The total time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours across separate days that will be scheduled at your convenience. This research is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Kendra Thomson, BCBA-D. For contact information, please see poster: https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/42359.
  • York University: Seeking parent input into experiences of support: We are conducting research to understand the social support parents of children with ASD receive. Any parent of a school-aged child (5-18 years old) with a diagnosis of an ASD is invited to participate in this study, done under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Weiss at York University. The online questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. Parents will also be invited to complete shorter follow-up questionnaires 6 and 12 months later. As thanks, parents will be entered in a raffle for ten $50 gift certificates. To access the survey, click here. If you have any questions or would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please contact Suzanne Robinson at: srobinso@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 44032. Our lab website is: www.ddmh.lab.yorku.ca.
  • York University Study: The purpose of this study is to better understand the health and medication use of youth with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study will collect information on issues such as rates of medication use, side-effects, physician care, and parent knowledge and concern regarding medication use. Information from this study may be used to provide information and support for physicians and parents caring for children with ASD who are currently using medication. In the long-term, information from this study has the potential to improve the health outcomes of youth with ASD. We are seeking parents of children between the ages of 2 and 19 with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder to participate in an ONLINE SURVEY. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about the study please contact Busi Ncube at yorkmedsstudy@gmail.com. If you would like to participate in the study please follow the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2LRD3V9
  • McMaster University - Childhood Autism Social Skills Assessment (CASSA) Study, Principal Investigator: Ellis Freedman, Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Geoff Hall
    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is generally assessed and diagnosed using interviews or observation-type assessments. These types of assessments, however, fail to directly measure the individual’s skill level and aptitude in different areas of impairment. The purpose of this study is to develop a computerized assessment for ASD. The goal is to directly measure social/cognitive skills by collecting descriptive and experimental evidence for a range of potential tasks to be included in the performance based assessment currently under development. We are looking for children and adolescents between 5 and 25 years of age. We are looking for participants both with and without a diagnosis of ASD. Parking and prices provided for participating.
    How it works. If you and your family decide to participate, you’ll come visit us at McMaster University once or twice to participate in our computer based assessment for 1-2 hours. When you arrive at McMaster University, you will be met at the front door of the psychology building. You will get to visit our laboratory where we will talk a bit about the study and then you will get to participate in our computerized games. The games will take from a half hour to 2 hours. When you are done, we will talk a little about how you liked the games and you will get to pick a prize! For more information, please contact Ellis Freedman by email (freedmed@mcmaster.ca).
  • Western University and London Health Sciences Centre - A Pilot Study of Riluzole vs. Placebo in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    Are you the parent of a child or teen between the ages of 6 and 17 with autism? If so, your child may qualify for a research study of a new treatment at Western University and London Health Sciences Centre. Doctors there are studying the effects of a medication called riluzole on symptoms in children and teens with autism.
    For more information about this study, please call (519) 685-8427 or email uwoautism@gmail.com. That’s (519) 685-8427 or uwoautism@gmail.com.
  • University of Victoria Parents, do you have a children with and without ASD between the ages of 10 and 17 years? Would you like to participate in a research study looking at how children and teenagers use the Internet?
    We are looking for children and teenagers, who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and children and teenagers who do not have a diagnosis of any kind, to participate in an online study about their online behaviours. We are doing this study so that we can learn about the experiences of children and teenagers with technology (e.g., the Internet and cell phones), bullying, and cyberbullying. With permission from a parent, you will complete an online questionnaire that takes about 30-90 minutes to complete. We also ask that your parents answer some questions. You will be eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card for participating!

    To complete the study, please
    click here.. No login is required. Thank you for taking the time to consider participation in this study.
  • Wilfred Laurier University: Researchers at at Wilfred Laurier University are looking for people diagnosed with an ASD between the ages of 16 and 60 to help them investigate speech production. See the flier for more details.


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