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individuals living with autism, by providing life-long support and
creating awareness, acceptance, and opportunities in our community.


Autism Edmonton Research

Opportunities for research participation with Autism Edmonton will be posted here when available.

External Research

Opportunities for research participation with local partners will be posted here when available.

  • Disclosing Your Child’s Diagnosis of ASD: Family Processes and Perceived Outcomes
    Are you the parent of a 2-18 year old child who’s been diagnosed with ASD?
    • Did you decide to tell other people about the diagnosis?
    • Did you choose not to share this information with others?

    Researchers at the University of Alberta would like to learn about your process of deciding whether or not to tell other people (like teachers, relatives, church members, sports teams, other parents and friends) that your child has autism.
    Disclosing that your child has ASD can be a major life decision – the research team would like to find out what this process of sharing/not-sharing was like for you. By sharing the experiences of how you approached disclosing your child’s diagnosis to others – or not – you may be able to help other parents facing similar decisions in the future.
    The team recognizes how busy parents are, and would like to make it as easy as possible for you to take part. The study consists of one interview that will take about one hour. It can take place over the phone or at a location that is most convenient for you.
    To find out more or arrange an interview:
    Email Laura Rogers, Research Coordinator, at or leave a voicemail with Dr. Sandra Hodgetts at 780-492-8416.

    Please feel free to share this with other parents that you know. Click here to view/download a poster.

  • Increasing Perspective Taking & Social Participation: Designing and Validating a Virtual Reality (VR) Intervention for Children with Autism
    Are you the parent of a child who has autism? Are you a clinician who works directly with autistic children?
    Participants are needed for an ongoing research study to help develop a Virtual Reality (VR) gaming program for children with autism to facilitate social participation, perspective taking, and emotion recognition.
    Feedback collected from this study will be used to design and validate the content of the program, and create a knowledge base to support the development of a virtual therapeutic intervention that is cost-effective and motivational for children with ASD.
    • Interested participants will be asked to complete two online questionnaires and provide feedback during a few cycles.
    • Questionnaires will include social scenarios and explore your level of agreement on the scenarios that will be used in the virtual reality program.
    • Content of scenarios will revolve around the ability of children with ASD to recognize emotions and perspectives to improve social skills.

    To join this research project, or for more information, please email:
    Alyssa Rowe at or Kristin Mow at (Research will be ongoing from Oct 2016 until enough people have taken part.)
  • Developing a Model of Mathematical Ability for Children with ASD
    Are you the parent or guardian of a child age 5- to 12-years old who:
    • has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (including Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disability-Not Otherwise Specified),
    • and speaks English as their primary language?
    Researchers at the U of A are trying to better understand the mathematical skills of children with ASD, as well as what factors may predict math strengths and weaknesses. You and your child can help by participating in this study.
    The study involves three 60 minute sessions, taking place either at your home or at the U of A. During the sessions, your child will be asked to complete measures of cognitive processing (i.e., how your child thinks), language and mathematical ability. The parent/guardian will also complete two questionnaires.
    This study will be ongoing until June 2018. If you’re interested in participating, or would like more information, please contact:
    Heather M. Brown, Ph.D.
     Autism Spectrum Disorder and Academic Achievement (AIDAN) lab
     Department of Ed. Psych., Faculty of Education
     University of Alberta
  • Social ABCs with Attention Training for Toddlers with Suspected Autism
    Are you the parent of a toddler (age 12-30 months) who shows signs of ASD or has a diagnosis of ASD?
    The Autism Research Centre is studying an early intervention program called the "Social ABCs". This program teaches caregivers skills to help their toddler to improve communication and social interaction.
    This research will examine whether an added attention element makes the Social ABCs program more effective than it is without the attention element.
    Parents and their toddlers are invited to take part in this study between now and spring of 2019.
    • “Social ABCs” training will be given to participant families at no cost and all interventions will be delivered in their home.
    • Participants must live within a 50 km radius from the Glenrose Hospital.
    • Children receiving more than 1 hour a week of each service of OT, SLP or PT may not be able to participate.

    To take part, please contact Sanne Jilderda at 780-735-6274 or email Click here to see a flyer with more details.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: Genomes to Outcomes
    The Autism Research Centre is inviting families to participate in an ongoing research program to examine the genetic variations in ASD. Examination of the broad range of genetic variation in ASD may help to inform diagnosis as well as personalize medical management and treatment for affected individuals.
    They are looking for families…
    • Who have at least one child (between the ages of 2 years to 21 years) diagnosed with ASD,
    • Who are fluent in English,
    • and With no pre-existing chromosomal or neurological disorders associated with ASD.
    Participation in this research study involves the following:
    • Developmental and language testing for children,
    • Questionnaires for parents about their child’s behavior,
    • Family members (parents and child with ASD) to donate a small blood sample.
    For more information about how to be included, or what your participation will require, please contact Olivia Conlon: by phone at 780-735-7999 ext. 1 5668 or by email at
  • Early Symptom Development in ASD: Role of Attention Control and Emotional Regulation (Infant Sibling Study)
    The Autism Research Centre is inviting families to participate in a research program to examine the early signs of ASD in infants and toddlers (ongoing from July 2016).
    Two types of families are needed for this study:
    • Families WITH a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder AND a younger sibling at 5 months of age.
    • Families WITHOUT a history of autism spectrum disorder who have an infant of 5 months of age.
    This study will measure several areas of development to understand the early signs of autism spectrum disorder. What will be measured?
    • (1) Signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
    • (2) How children regulate their emotions when playing with examiners and parents.
    • (3) How children examine their visual world.
    • (4) Physiological responses when playing with examiners and parents, including heart rate and skin conductance.
    To volunteer for this study, or to learn more about what participation involves, please contact Olivia Conlon: by phone at 780-735-7999 ext. 1 5668 or by email at
    If you would like learn more about these or any other research opportunities with the Autism Research Centre, please visit their website or follow them on their Facebook page.



If you have a research project or study that you would like to recruit for, please contact us by clicking here and telling us a bit about your research, including the purpose of your research and when recruitment begins/ends. (Please note: we require confirmation of ethics approval for all research studies.)

We do not specifically endorse any research or guarantee any postings. Our intent is to promote autism research on a local level, in order to learn more about how we might best support people in our community who are living with autism.