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Participate in research

Organisations and individuals seeking your help in progressing their research

We receive regular requests to be a part of research, or to share new research studies with our stakeholders. This includes organisations such as leading universities in the fields of psychology and ABA, as well as individuals seeking to improve the understanding of autism, and the work we can do to support people with autism. We are keen to support any requests that help this, once reviewed by our Ethics Committee to ensure they meet the moral standards and values of our organisation.

To take a look at some of the projects we have recently shared visit our archive page.

The preschool brain imaging and behaviour project (PIP)

This research, conducted by King’s College London, is the first Europe-wide study on brain development in pre-schoolers. Their goal is to better understand how differences in brain development are related to a child’s social, emotional, behavioural and cognitive development.

They are currently recruiting young children with neurodevelopmental conditions. In particular:

  • Autistic children (between 3-4.5 years), and/or
  • Children with ADHD (between 4-5.5 years), and/or
  • Children with developmental delay (between 3-4.5 years), and/or
  • Children with epilepsy (between 3-4.5 years).

If you have any questions, please email the research team at who will be able to answer and queries you have.

Deadline: summer 2021

Participating in an improv comedy intervention for autistic adults: exploring the benefits and impact on anxiety

This project is about exploring the benefits and impact for autistic people using improv comedy training on anxiety and their lives. It is particularly interested in the impact participating in the classes might have on levels of anxiety, tolerance of uncertainty, and any other benefits people experience, as well as people’s views about the classes more generally.

If you would like to take part, or find out more information, please get in touch with Nathan using the information below.

Researcher: Nathan Keates,
Supervisors: Prof Julie Beadle-Brown ( and Dr Shaun May (

Deadline: 31st January 2021

The effects of COVID 19 on the cardiovascular health (Heart health) of children with autism

The Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland is conducting a survey to find out about the cardiovascular health (heart health) of school going children with autism and the effect that COVID-19 related restrictions has had on this aspect of their health.

By taking part you will be helping the research team understand some of the risk factors for cardiovascular health in this community and how COVID-19 related restrictions have impacted them. Take the survey here.

Researcher: Katie White,
Supervisor: Sharon Kinsella,

The experience of young people who identify as transgender and have autism

The research is looking into the views of young people who identify as transgender or non-binary and have a diagnosis of autism. They are interested in finding out about your experiences, including at school.

You will be invited to take part in an interview taking between 30 minutes and 1 hour taking place over the phone or on video-calling. To find out more about the research download the participant information sheet which is also available in accessible format.

Researcher: Catherine Milne,
Supervisor: Dr Helena Bunn, 

Deadline: 30th November 2020


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