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.

WHO: Children diagnosed with ASD between the ages of 2-5 years and their mother

WHAT: Participants will participate in a 1.5 hour long visit with 3 follow up questionnaires to complete after

  • Mothers will complete questionnaires 
  • Mother and child will complete interaction task 
  • Physiological data will be collected from mother and child (saliva sample from both, heart rate from mother)
  • Families can be reimbursed up to 50$ (20$ for time 1, and 10$ each for times 2 and 3, with a bonus $10 if all time-points are completed)


VT Autism Clinic

3110 prices Fork Rd. 

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231- 2053

Email:  vtstresstest@gmail.com

WHY: The Social Clinical Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) lab at Virginia Tech is currently recruiting participants for a study involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to better understand how the brain is wired in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

WHO: Adults with autism between the ages of 18-55

WHAT: This study would last approximately three hours total. There are three portions to the study including: filling out measures, an in-person interview, and brain imaging using fMRI. For the brain imaging portion of the study, you will be asked to lie down and keep still while watching a screen with a video or a plus sign. During that time, the MRI scanner will take pictures of your brain. You will receive between $20-50 for participating.

CONTACT: Marika Coffman at marika@vt.edu or (540) 315-2406

WHY: The purpose of this research is to help us learn more about how individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may be different from those individuals without an autism spectrum disorder in terms  of their heart rate, genetics, and brain functioning. 

WHO: People ages 6-55 years with and without ASD

WHAT: Those who participate in the study will wear a strap to collect heart/breathing rate information, experience an fMRI, collect a genetic sample, and answer some questionnaires.   You  will be compensated $10 for every task you complete, and up to a total of $40 for four total tasks.  You will also receive a CD with MRI images of your brain on it.  We expect the study to take about 90 to 120 minutes. 

WHERE: Roanoke or Blacksburg, VA

CONTACT: If you would like to learn more about the study or are interested in participating, please email vtcar2013@gmail.com or call 540-231-8747 and mention the "Biomarkers Study."

WHY:  We are looking for people to take part in a research study investigating mental health problems, self-injury, and thoughts of ending life in adults with and without Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

WHO:  We are looking for adults, aged 18 years and older, with or without a diagnosis of ASC to take part in this study.

WHAT: Taking part in the study will involve completing an anonymous online survey that will ask questions about your mental health, any diagnoses, experiences of self-injury and thoughts of ending own life, treatment and support. The survey should take no more than 1 hour to complete.

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact the researchers Sarah Cassidy (sarah.cassidy@coventry.ac.uk) or Louise Bradley (louise.bradley@coventry.ac.uk)."

For further information and to take part please visit the link below:


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

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


WHY: The goal of this grant-funded research study is to develop a comprehensive program to promote successful transition of students with ASD from high school into college. 

WHO: This program is for individuals with ASD who are age 16-25 and either in high school or college.  Students, parents, and involved school personnel receive payments for completing assessments (up to $70 for students, $45 for parents, and $10 for school personnel).

WHAT: Briefly, participation involves active involvement in a 16-week research intervention.  The program involves coaching sessions, online resources, and outings within the campus community. There is no cost for this program.

WHERE: Sessions will take place at Virginia Tech or the Roanoke Higher Education Center (whichever is preferred by the participant).

CONTACT: For more information, visit our project website at:  http://www.stepsasd.org/steps/

If you are interested in participating in the project, please call us at (540) 231-8276 or email:  psyc.soc.interventions@gmail.com