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The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) is recruiting for a study for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and behavioral difficulties.  

We are offering a free month of telehealth support via a mobile application for parents of children with ASD and behavioral difficulties, and we are investigating the feasibility of using this application. Families will be randomly assigned to a one-session telehealth consultation with the enhancement of a mobile application over the course of 28 days or the one-session telehealth consultation with access to a mobile application with behavioral management resources over the course of 28 days.

The research study aims to adapt a behavior consultation mobile application to improve telehealth support for parents of children with ASD (from ages 3-13 years) in need of behavioral support.

All sessions will be conducted via HIPAA-compliant Zoom.

Contact Angela Dahiya at or call us at (540) 315-3273 if you are interested in joining the study or would like more information. Parental permission and informed consent is required for participation. 

The Virginia Tech Community Autism Resilience Emotion and Stress (CARES) Lab is now seeking youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have experienced trauma and their caregivers for virtual intervention research study.

The CARES Lab directed by Dr. Christina McDonnell is recruiting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between the ages of 10 and 17 who have also experienced trauma. Children and their caregivers will participate in a virtual intervention research study involving the telehealth delivery of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). This intervention involves 12 weekly sessions, in addition to an initial assessment and two follow-up assessments so that the research team can evaluate whether the intervention is effective. All visits are conducted via Zoom, and there will be no in-person contact. Families may be compensated up to $400 for the involvement. See the flyer for more information. Caregivers may read more about the study and fill out a screening survey at the link below, or you may email with any questions.

This secure registry is open to individuals of any age and families who may be impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  By completing the online consent form and demographic survey, our researchers will be able to contact you about upcoming intervention studies and/or clinical services that may pertain to you or your child, and you can also sign up to receive information about local autism events.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being contacted about autism related studies or local events at Virginia Tech, please share this information and complete this consent and survey:

Currently paused due to COVID-19. This study, conducted by the VT Child Study Center, is interested in the treatment of specific phobias for children and adolescents (ages 7-16) with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participants can earn up to $300 when they complete the full treatment and follow-up sessions. Please contact our clinicians at (540) 231-8276 or email if you would like more information.

Do you have an adolescent with ADHD and poor emotion regulation?  Are you interested in helping your child be better able to self regulate?    
Virginia Tech’s Department of Psychology is inviting middle school students with ADHD and their families to participate in an online intervention study focused on teaching adolescents emotion regulation, communication, and conflict management skills and how parents can support their adolescents in using these skills.

  • An 8 week virtual group intervention involving parents and adolescents + 2 review sessions (1 month and 6 months after intervention is done)
  • Completion of online questionnaires on emotional/behavioral health at the beginning and end of intervention, and at the review sessions
  • Coping, communication, and conflict management skills
  • A total of $300 in compensation is available for completing all parts of the study.

Call the CALMER Lab to receive more information about the study and/or to schedule the initial study visit: 540-231-8511 or