Autism Research Undertaken by Organisations other than Research Autism

Two women writing key points This page provides details of autism research studies being undertaken by organisations and individuals other than Research Autism.

Information on each study is normally posted on this page for a period of 3 months. It is also posted on our social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Linked-In.

If you are involved in postgraduate research and would like us to help you with your study please download and return this form: Application for advertising for research participants

Please note that your study will need ethical approval from your university or other suitable body (such as the NHS) before being advertised.

We regret that we are unable to accept undergraduate research projects.

Thank you.

Thinking About Thinking: Investigating How We Understand Our Own and Others' Thoughts​ and Feelings

This study explores ‘metacognition’ (“thinking about thinking”) in ASD.  Metacognition involves knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies during learning, as well as the ability to judge accurately one’s own knowledge.   We know that metacognitive ability contributes to learning and that training metacognitive strategies has proven useful in helping people with metacognitive difficulties to learn more efficiently.  However, we know almost nothing about metacognition in ASD.  Studying this will help us to learn more about this issue, but also inform teaching strategies/intervention efforts for people with ASD.

Research will be carried out at the University of Kent (Canterbury). Participants are paid £7.50 per hour for their time and have opportunity to win extra money  in several tasks (up to an extra £40, in total).  Travel costs are reimbursed, and refreshments are provided. 

For further information please contact Dr Toby Nicholson t.m.nicholson@kent.ac.uk; 01227 827266/07427 401257 or visit www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/thinking​

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Social Stories with the Creative Arts

I am investigating professionals’ perspectives and practices concerning using Social Stories with the creative arts for individuals on the autistic spectrum. I would very much appreciate it if you will take part in a brief online questionnaire. Anyone who is working with individuals on the autistic spectrum can complete the online questionnaire- I am interested in your opinions.

You can also agree to take part in any of the following up sessions: focus group and individual interviews, diary and diary-based individual interview. More information about the research is included in an information sheet attached to the online questionnaire. If you have any further questions, you can reach me at: rasha.bawazir.13@ucl.ac.uk  

If you would like to take part in the study please click on this link to complete the online questionnaire

Please share the questionnaire if you know anyone who might be interested in taking part

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Experiences of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Successes, Struggles, Needs, and Areas for Improvement in Services Provided by Schools

The number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (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 these students often struggle with academic achievement, express decreased satisfaction with their post-secondary experience, and have a greater incidence of prematurely dropping out of school.

Researchers at Yale University are currently conducting an anonymous, online survey for post-secondary students with ASD.  The goals of this project is 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 online survey:

Or contact the study researcher: Scott Jackson, PhD scott.jackson@yale.edu

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Social Interaction in Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this study we look at perceptions of social interaction. In particular, we are interested in how social interactions are viewed in a range of contexts, including interaction between friends and family and interactions taking place in the workplace and in public places.

We invite adults (18 years old or older), who are high-functioning, have an existent diagnosis of ASD without other disorders, and are able to travel independently, to take part in our research. The participation should take 3 hours and include completion of online questionnaires, observational measures, and an interview.

This research will be carried out at the University of Roehampton, London. Individualised travel directions will be provided, if needed. Participants will be reimbursed for both travel costs and time during the study (£25).

For more information, or to express interest in participating please contact the researchers: skripkas@roehampton.ac.uk or 07506473214.

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An Online Study on Cue Use in a Judgement Task.

You are invited to take part in an online study investigating how adults with autism (18+) use information from a cue to help them complete a task. This study is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the University of Essex.

During the study you will be asked to watch a number of short animations of a small red dot moving around four patterns, after which you will be asked to make a judgement about which pattern was selected. In the next part of the study you will then be asked to complete a questionnaire about personality traits and preferences. The study will take no longer than 30 minutes and as a ‘thank you’ for taking part we would like to send you a £5 Amazon gift voucher. 

If you would be interested to take part please complete the online study.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Megan Freeth at sharl@sheffield.ac.uk

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How Can iPad Applications be Effectively Used to Support the Social Communication and Emotional Regulation of Primary School-Age Children with Autism?

Do you work in a primary mainstream or special needs school setting in the area of West Midlands? Do you use iPad applications in the classroom for children with autism?

If yes, then you are kindly requested to take part in an online survey which focuses on how iPad applications can be effectively used in the classroom to support the social communication and emotional regulation of primary school-age children with autism.

The aim of the study is to collect information about the types of technologies that are currently used in the classroom, the practices that are implemented and the learning outcomes that the school personnel focuses upon. It is hoped that the findings of this research will provide recommendations for improving autism practice and will have an impact on policy and legislation within the general field of Education.

If you are interested in talking part in the study please complete the online form at https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ipads-for-autism

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Investigating the Factors that Contribute to Unstable Living Accommodation in Adults with a Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Project description

This qualitative will interview those who have been homeless and also have a diagnosis of ASD.

Project aim

It is hoped that this model will be used to:

  • Inform support provided by services homeless adults with a diagnosis of ASD.
  • Represent the voice of adults with ASD and those that have been homeless in the development of theories and interventions to support them. 
  • Develop and stimulate research interest into the likely relationship between complex disability such as ASD and homelessness


This research defines homelessness or unstable living conditions, as those have no accommodation that they are entitled to, no accommodation that is reasonable for them to occupy, rough sleeping, living in temporary accommodation, or living within intolerable physical conditions.

It defines autism as those who self report as being diagnosed with ASD.

Want to take part? 

If you would like to take part in the study, please contact: Paula Grant, Trainee Clinical Psychologist University of East London U1438304@uel.ac.uk 

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Online Dating Experiences of Individuals with Autism

Have you tried online dating? I am looking for participants for my research about online dating experiences of individuals with autism. The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding and raise awareness of people with autism’s experiences of online dating, including the experience of meeting individuals from dating sites, I hope this research can help people that feel isolated or have low self-esteem and are looking for a relationship and are considering online dating. It could also identify any support dating sites could provide for people with autism e.g. support around online safety.

If you are interested in talking to me we can arrange an interview date, time and place to suit you. If you prefer not to meet I can arrange an interview over the telephone, Skype or Messenger. Please contact me (Ideh) for information or to ask questions by email (i.massali@wlv.ac.uk or 07807699666).

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Stress in Autistic Primary Aged Children: How This is Managed in Mainstream and Special Settings

I am a primary teacher in London who is very interested in ways to support autistic children in the classroom.  This doctoral study will investigate the levels of stress autistic children experience and the ways in which this is supported through strategies and techniques in school.

This is a very interesting and exciting investigation which has the aim of being beneficial to both class teachers and autistic children.  Feedback will support teachers to improving the school experience for anxious autistic children.

I will firstly visit each school to complete questionnaires with children and teachers.  I will send a questionnaire home for parents to complete.  For a limited number of children the study will then progress to a discussion and possible observations regarding the use of strategies and technologies in schools. 

It would be wonderful to include as many children as possible.  I hope to hear from you soon. Email: lo253@exeter.ac.uk

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08 Dec 2016