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

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


Children sometimes have fears that can interfere with home life, schoolwork, and friendships. Children commonly fear things such as dogs, spiders, loud noises, storms, heights, and the dark. If the fear is very intense or severe, it is called a phobia. 

Currently, Dr. Tom Ollendick at the Child Study Center is supervising a research study that offers experimental treatment to children who have severe fears or phobias.  Dr. Ollendick has over 30 years of experience treating problematic childhood fears and anxieties in children. Children ages 7-12 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis are eligible to participate in the project.

 If you are interested in participating in this study please call the Child Study Center at 540-231-3514 and ask for Sarah Ryan or Ashley Muskett or e-mail mashley5@vt.edu for further information.

Thank you for your time and consideration! 

We want to hear about your social preferences and behavior!

We are conducting a research study to get more information from children and teenagers on their social preferences.  Specifically, we are trying to create and test-out an interview which will assess how people feel about making friends, interacting with other people, and engaging in social settings.

Participation involves both a parent and child to complete a one-session assessment session at the Virginia Tech Child Study Center. During this one session appointment (not to exceed 3 hours), you will be asked to communicate your likes, dislikes, and social behaviors through a variety of assessment measures.  We are enrolling young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are between the ages of 8-17 and a parent.

Participants will receive a total of $75 for their time ($25 for the child participant, $50 for the adult participant).  Additionally, parents will receive a brief session summary detailing assessment findings related to social motivation.

If you would like more information regarding the study, or to participate, please send an email to relias@vt.edu or call at (540) 231-2024.

Email: relias@vt.edu 
Phone: 540-231-2024

Researchers at Virginia Tech are currently conducting a study on experiences of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the workplace. We are looking for individuals age 16 and older with ASD who have applied for or held a job to participate in a one-time focus group discussion. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers (shivercm@vt.edu or 540-231-5434), or fill out the following survey, indicating your interest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wq9BzHRG2Ig1w4spaRKCvgDDPMTxAhAZXj47rVO-fw4/edit

Study Goals: Work experiences
Participants: Individuals with autism age 16 to 60 who have applied for and/or held a job.
Method: One-time focus group visit to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg
Measures: Individuals will participate in a group discussion about their work experiences. The discussion will be audio-taped.
Time: 60-90 minutes, depending on the response of the group
Compensation: $25 gift card


Why: To speed up autism research and learn more about the causes and treatments of autism

Who: Children and adults with a professional diagnosis of autism and their biological family members

What: Register online at www.sparkforautism.org/UNC and provide a saliva sample for DNA analysis.  Saliva kits are sent to participants in the mail.  Please read more about SPARK at www.cidd.unc.edu/Registry/SPARK

Contact:   Corrie Walston, MS, UNC SPARK Project Coordinator, 919-966-6795, SparkForAutism@unc.edu