WHY: The Assessment Database serves those who are interested in receiving an assessment for Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD). 

WHO: Those who are interested in having an ASD assessment completed.

CONTACT: If you have questions, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747. 

If you are interested in being a part of the VTCAR Registry and contacted for future studies, please visit this site and complete the survey.

WHY: The Registry serves as a database that can be used for participant recruitment. 

WHO: Those who are interested in being contacted about ASD related studies at Virginia Tech may complete this Registry.

CONTACT: If you have questions, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747. 

If you are interested in being a part of the VTCAR Registry and contacted for future studies, please visit this site and complete the survey.

WHY: We are conducting a study on the study of a new treatment for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who struggle with handling their emotions.

WHO: Teens ages 12-17 with an ASD diagnosis and IQ of 80 or higher who also have difficulties with their emotions.

WHAT: The program involves individual sessions, online resources for parent and teen, and at home practices for the teen. There is no cost for this program and we offer payments, receiving up to $125.00, for completing the assessments.

CONTACT: If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email psyc.soc.interventions@gmail.com

WHAT: The primary goal of AMPP (Autism Mentor Parent Program) is to provide families with the support and information they need to successfully navigate their child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and treatment process. Trained parents (mentors) will share their experiences and help provide encouragement to other parents (mentees) as they learn to navigate their new reality. The purpose of the current study is to pilot the use of an online mentor-mentee matching program for parents of children with ASD. Usefulness, satisfaction and sustainability of the program will be evaluated via parent report pre and post participation.

WHO: Parents (18+) of children of all ages with ASD in  New River Valley 

COMPENSATION: You could receive up to $25

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact vt.ampp@gmail.com or call (540) 231- 8747

WHY: The PEERS for Preschoolers program is a parent-assisted social skills intervention for young children with ASD who are having difficulty making and/or keeping friends.

WHO: Parents and Children with ASD ages 4 to 6

WHAT: The group consists of 16 weekly sessions that are 1.5 hours in length. There will be a simultaneous parent and child group and joint interactive play at the conclusion of each session. Topics covered include asking for and using friends' names, how to greet friends, how to share and take turns, and giving parents the tools for social coaching their child. Clinic rates apply. Families can earn up to $50 for completing screening, post-intervention, and follow-up sessions.

WHERE: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) Blacksburg, VA 24061

CONTACT: p4pvt2016@gmail.com

PURPOSE: This study will examine possible biomarkers that identify autism, such as brain signals, heart rate, and genes

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals with ASD between 6 to 55 years of age

COMPENSATION: $10 for every task you complete, up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  

CONTACT: 540-231-8747, or email vtcar2013@gmail.com. When you call or email, please mention the "Biomarkers Study."

PURPOSE: To facilitate the successful transition of students with ASD from high school to post-secondary education
ELIGIBILITY: Students between 16 to 25 years of age with diagnosed ASD (such as Asperger’s Disorder) who are college-bound or currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university.
COMPENSATION:The program is free AND students, parents, and involved school personnel receive payments for completing assessments (up to $70 for students, $45 for parents, and $10 for school personnel) 
CONTACT: http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/

WHY: The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) wants learn about the needs, goals, and barriers towards employment of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the long term, we aim to develop an employment training program that helps improve employment opportunities for young adults with ASD.

WHO: You are eligible if you are a business owner or employee responsible for making hiring decisions for your business.

WHAT: We invite employers from companies of all sizes to participate in 1 hour focus groups to discuss employment issues related to individuals with ASD. Participants will hear a short presentation about ASD and then discuss potential barriers, benefits, and other surrounding factors concerning employing individuals with ASD. If employers would like to help with this project, but are unable to attend a focus group, an individual interview may be scheduled.

WHERE: Virginia Tech or a location of your choosing, at a time scheduled for your convenience. Interviews can also take place over the phone!

CONTACT: VTCAR at 540-231-8747 or email vtcar2013@gmail.com

WHO: Parents and Children with ASD ages 1.5 to 6

WHAT: A new research study for non-verbal or minimally verbal children with ASD. This research treatment study targets both child language skills and parent stress. There will be a focus on teaching language skills to children ages 1.5 to 6 years using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide new ways to increase your own well-being. You and your child will complete a pre-treatment screening visit, 15 treatment visits (11 group sessions 2 hours in length targeting PRT skills, 4 individual PRT sessions), a post-treatment visit and a follow-up visits. Only parents will attend the group meetings. You will be compensated for your time and participation in the study and may also benefit from learning new skills.

WHERE: Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) 3110 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg, VA 24061

CONTACT: vatechprt@gmail.com and phone is (540) 231-2053

See flyer here.

WHY: The goal of this study is to assess the feasibility of an attention modification intervention to attenuate deficits in facial emotion recognition and expression in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

WHO: We are enrolling children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 9 to 12 years of age, who may show difficulties recognizing facial expressions.

WHAT: 5 week, 10 session computer treatment. Parent and child will also be asked to complete three assessment sessions during the course of the treatment. Participants will receive $20 per assessment session, in addition to $20 for completing all treatment sessions, for up to $80 total.

WHERE: Child Study Center at Virginia Tech

CONTACT: Andrea Trubanova Wieckowski email: atruban@vt.edu; phone: 540-231-2024

WHY:  The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) wants to study the feasibility of a new emotion and self-regulation treatment called Centering Jacket Therapy (CJT) that may provide benefits such as improved mood, self-calming, and focused attention to the present moment.

WHO: You are eligible if you have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and are:

·          18 years old and over

·          Verbal

·          Without intellectual disability (ID)

·          No current diagnosis of Major Depression, Suicidality, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

WHAT: You will be asked to participate in 8 sessions, 1 hour long each, twice a week for four weeks. During these sessions you will be guided through the CJT protocol which will involve wearing a vest and engaging in guided imagery. You will also be asked to complete some questionnaires related to your experiences. You will also wear a wristband sensor, very much like a watch, to collect information about you heart rate. If interested in learning about/participating in this study please contact VTCAR at the number or email noted below. 

WHERE: On the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg or Roanoke Higher Education Center

CONTACT: VTCAR at 540-231-8747 or vtcar2013@gmail.com