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Privacy Attitudes and Behaviours of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Social Media

Summary: We are looking for participants for a research study exploring how adolescents with autism spectrum disorder protect their privacy on social media. The results of this study will be used to develop accessible privacy tools and cyber-safety educational programs for this population.

Researchers: Jessica Rocheleau & Sonia Chiasson, PhD.

Who can participate: To be eligible to participate, you must be an adolescent (13 to 17 years) with autism spectrum disorder who is a regular user of Twitter, Facebook or Instagram; able to understand English; and comfortable participating in an interview with or without support.

What’s involved: Participants will complete a 30 to 40 minute interview (in person or via Skype) about their social media use and their reactions to different online social situations.

Interested in participating: If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please email the lead researcher, Jessica Rocheleau, at  Each participant will receive $30 CAD for their time.

Survey closes:  December 31, 2018

Posted: October 2018

Parents’ experiences & outcomes disclosing their child’s ASD diagnosis to others

Summary: Researchers at the University of Alberta are conducting an online parent survey that explores experiences and outcomes of disclosing their child’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in community programs.

Researchers: Dr. Sandra Hodgetts and Dr. Ashley McKillop.

Who can participate: A parent or caregiver of a child under the age of 18 with ASD. You must be 18 years or over to participate.

What’s involved: Complete an online survey that asks general questions about yourself, your experiences with disclosing your child’s diagnosis in community-based programs, and your preferences of who would disclose your child’s diagnosis in these programs. This anonymous, secure survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.

Interested in participating: For more information and to participate in the survey, please click this link:

Survey closes:  December 31, 2018

Posted: October 2018


Comprehensive Characterization of the Social-Behavioural Phenotypes of Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)

Summary: NF1 is a genetic condition which has a high co-occuring rate with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are interested in exploring the similarities and differences between children with NF1 and children with ASD.

Researchers: Dr. Katia Sinopoli, Dr. Patricia Parkin, Dr. Margot Taylor, Dr. Anne Wheeler, Dr. Elysa Widjaja, Dr. Russell Schachar, Dr. Lisa Strug, Ms. Andrea Shugar.

Who can participate: Healthy children and adolescents ages 9-15 with ASD and no other medical diagnoses.

What’s involved: Participation involves a full-day visit to the Hospital for Sick Children. This visit includes approximately 4-5 hours of neuropsychological testing for the child, a one-hour MRI, and two hours of parent testing that will occur at the same time as the child is being tested.

Interested in participating: To learn more and participate, please contact Research Coordinator, Stephanie Azari, at or (416)-813-7654 ext. 204302. Participants will receive a parking voucher, a $25 meal voucher for the Sick Kids cafeteria, a movie ticket and a certificate for volunteer hours.

Posted: June 2018


Health Equity Status of Caregivers of Older Adults Who Have Autism

Summary: The purpose of this study is to learn about what is and is not working in Ontario in the care and service provision to older adults who have Autism. The researcher is seeking to learn what needs caregivers of older adults with Autism have, how these needs are met, by whom and what needs or questions are going unmet.

Researcher(s): Principal Investigator: Dr Ken Kirkwood. Co-Investigators: Heather Church, Ph.D Candidate, RP, BCBA. Western Health Sciences.

Who can Participate:  Caregivers who are not paid to care for someone 35 years old or older, who has Autism. Must be English speaking.

What’s Involved: Complete two 1-hour interviews.

Interested in Participating: Please contact Heather Church, Western Health Sciences, at  Primary Investigator: Dr. Ken Kirkwood,

Participants will not be compensated for participation in this study.

Posted: March 2018

The role of the eyes in face recognition: A neurocognitive assessment in autism spectrum disorder

Summary: The Face Processing and Social Cognition Lab at the University of Waterloo is recruiting adults with ASD for a study on face recognition and social functioning. 

Researcher(s): Karisa Parkington (PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo) and Dr. Roxane Itier (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo).

Who can Participate: High-functioning adults (aged 18-45) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, or surrounding areas.

What’s Involved: Participants will be asked to complete two sessions (each session lasts ~three hours) approximately one week apart. Session One includes a demographics questionnaire, a face-to-face conversation (eye movements will be recorded), a short video (eye movements will be recorded), and paper tasks. Session Two includes four computer tasks with faces or cars (eye movements will be recorded for two of these tasks), two computer tasks with faces, objects, or facial features (EEG brain wave activity will be recorded) and five questionnaires.

Interested in Participating: Please contact Karisa Parkington at or (519) 888-4567 ext. 38872. Participants will receive up to $80 cash in appreciation of their time, and those travelling from outside the Kitchener-Waterloo region will also be compensated for travel. The deadline to participate is August 2019.

Posted: March 2018