Autism Research

The goal of the Psychophysiologic Responses in Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder studies (PHOEBE & PRO)  is to learn more about how the bodies of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) react to their social environment. By better understanding these reactions, we can improve our abilities to diagnose ASD and we can develop better therapies for those with ASD. To accomplish this goal, this project is exploring potential differences in body response during different experiences. Participants will have their physiology (heart and nervous system responses) recorded non-invasively while resting and in response to different social experiences.

PHOEBE Study

You may be eligible if you are:

  •  2-5 years old with autism, ASD, Asperger's disorder, or other forms of development delay
  • We are also recruiting children with typical development

Participants will attend 2 visits at the Brown Center for Children and Families:

  • Visit 1: Screening visit (2.5-3 hours)
  • Visit 2: Physiology visit (1.5 hours)

* Participants will be reimbursed with a $40 cash incentive for their time and given a written report with the results from assessments conducted.

To learn more about the PHOEBE study, call our study line at 401-453-7637 option 3, email us at WHAutism@carene.org.

PRO Study

You may be eligible if you are:

  • 18-25 years old with autism, ASD, Asperger's disorder, or other forms of development delay
  • We are also recruiting children with typical development

Participants will attend 2 visits at the Brown Center for Children and Families:

  • Lab Visit: Physiology  (1-2 hours)

Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 incentive for their time and given a written report with the results from assessments conducted.

To learn more about the PRO study, call our study line at 401-453-7637 option 4, email us at WHAutism@carene.org.


 

Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART)

RI-CART includes the state's leading experts on autism research, education, health and services and is currently enrolling new participants in its confidential statewide registry.  The Center for Children and Families at Women & Infants is one of the primary recruitment sites for RICART and a key partner in the consortium.  RI-CART will initially enroll 2,000 children and adults living in Rhode Island and surrounding communities, carefully assessed clinically. The data collected from the group will help identify genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and related developmental disorders in order to better understand consequences of genetic changes in tissue culture studies. The registry will be a core resource to support a range of important studies on causes of ASD as well as treatments and supports for people with ASD. 

When you sign up to participate:

  • A RI-CART team member will contact you to answer any questions and schedule an appointment.
  • Appointment times are flexible and offered at multiple locations throughout Rhode Island.
  • Transportation is available upon request.

* An enrollment appointment takes approximately two hours – a small amount of time to become
a part of a community that has the potential to make a major impact in autism research. 

Click to find out all of the benefits you receive when you join RI-CART!

Meet the team!

Want to learn more and become a part of the future of autism research in Rhode Island? Join RI-CART! Contact us today.