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Have a child between 2-12 years old?  Concerned about them displaying behavior problems such as hyperactivity, tantrums, non-compliance, aggression or resistance to change?

Consider enrolling in our new research study (IRB #23-261).  The VT Child Study Center and the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research aim to improve the quality of life for families of children with behavioral difficulties.  This study will assess the feasbility, acceptability, and benefit of the Support BRANCH interactive website used in combination with clinician-delivered behavioral therapy as part of a  stepped-care model for reducing child behavior problems and increasing parents' feelings of competency in supporting youth behavior.


Support BRANCH includes instructional videos, strategies to attempt, options of activities to try and reinforcement for effort through brief parent lessons to be completed over a month.

Support BRANCH can be accessed on a mobile device, tablet or computer.

The clinician-delivered behavioral therapy teaches parents ways to change their child's behavior by using positive reinforcement to decrease unwanted behaviors and promote adaptive and desired behaviors.

Complete ratings on parenting behaviors and child behavioral difficulties on multiple occassions.

Compensated up to $75 for completing all part of the study.

If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact us at or 540-231-8276.

This secure registry is open to autistic individuals of any age and their parents and caregivers.  Completing the online consent form and demographic survey enables our student clinicians to contact you about upcoming clinical service research that you or your family member may enroll in.

Recruitment for community providers


If you work with autistic youth, have experiece with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and have your license or are working towards it, you may be eligible for this research study.
Participation includes questionnaires and a 1-hour interview, and you can earn up to $25 for participation!
Interested? Contact or visit this website. (IRB #22-865)
Recruitment for autistic youth


We want to hear from autistic teens!
If you are on the autism spectrum, between age 13 and 17 and receiving or have received mental health therapy before, you may be eligible for this research study. 
Participation includes questionnaires and a 1-hour interview. You can earn up to $25 for participation.
Interested?  Have your parent/caregiver contact or visit this website. (IRB #22-865)

The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research is seeking volunteer research participants for a study understanding autism language-identifying preference. This is an unpaid research opportunity that involves online questionnaires, and should take up to 45 minutes total.

Eligible participants must be at least 18 years old, be able to provide informed consent, identify as autistic/having autism or as a caregiver of an autistic adult, and be fluent in English (must be able to read English).

Email Naomi at  to complete the screening questions! Completing the screening questions does not mean that you are a research participant.