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Active studies

Physical Exercise to Reduce Anxiety in Underserved Children with ASD

Lead principal investigator
Jean Gehricke, PhD – University of California, Irvine
Study period

Jun 2015 – Aug 2020

This research proposal will examine the feasibility and efficacy of a physical exercise intervention to reduce anxiety in children from underserved families. The physical exercise program is designed to incorporate the new key guidelines for physical exercise in children from the Centers for Disease Control.

Improving Participation in Dental Care and Oral Health Outcomes for Underserved Children with ASD

Lead principal investigator
Robin Steinberg-Epstein, MD - University of California, Irvine
Study period

Sep 2015 – Aug 2020

This study is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to compare the efficacy of the established AIR-P Dental Toolkit to a combined regimen involving the Dental Toolkit and a parent-mediated behavioral intervention. Study objectives include improving home dental hygiene, oral health, and compliance with dental procedures in under-served populations with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ameliorate Childhood Obesity Risk from Newer Antipsychotics for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lead principal investigator
Dana Rofey, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
Study period

Jan 2019 – Aug 2020

This 1-year pilot study will adapt and pilot an empirically-validated pediatric weight management program (Healthy Habits for Life; HH4L) within an existent ATN site (University of Pittsburgh) for youth with ASD who gain weight on second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs). Over a I-year period, the investigative team will adapt HH4L with 25 patients to examine feasibility for youth with ASD and their families. This grant will serve as a pilot mechanism to expand upon the findings in multiple ATN sites in a largeΒ­-scale, randomized control trial while measuring cardiometabolic outcomes.

Evaluation of a Multimedia Sleep Education Package in Children with ASD

Lead principal investigator
Beth Malow, MD – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Study period

Jun 2019 – Aug 2020

This is a 1-year pilot study that will explore whether a multimedia sleep education package can be successfully provided to families and show efficacy in improving sleep habits and sleep problems, along with parenting sense of competence.

TARGET N=125 (3 sites)

Resiliency Program for Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lead principal investigator
Elyse Park, PhD – Mongan Center/MGH
Study period

Jun 2019 – Aug 2020

This study is a pilot wait-list controlled trial to improve resiliency in teenage siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In phase I of the study, qualitative focus groups will be conducted to inform the development of and to determine the feasibility and acceptability of an 8-session virtual Mind-Body intervention for siblings of children with ASD (SibChat 3RP). The SibChat 3RP intervention will be a modified version of SMART 3RP Relaxation Response Resiliency program.

The Emotion Awareness and Skills Enhancement Program for Youth with ASD and Intellectual Disability (EASE-ID): A Mind-Body Intervention to Improve Sleep, Health, and Emotion Regulation

Lead principal investigator
Carla Mazefsky, PhD – University of Pittsburgh.
Study period

Jun 2019 – Aug 2020

This is a 1-year research effort to extend the benefits of a previously developed mindfulness-based intervention (Emotion Awareness and Skills Enhancement – EASE Program) to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disability and evaluate its impact on sleep and overall physical health.

TARGET N=20