Current projects and opportunities
University students on the autism spectrum
This project aims to give students on the autism spectrum a voice and an opportunity to reflect and share their perceptions of how other students with ASD can be supported to achieve successful outcomes and to develop self-advocacy and self-determination skills.
Self-determination means being able to advocate for what you need, understanding one’s own needs, problem-solving and self-management skills, and knowing how to articulate your needs in a clear, and effective manner to faculty and support staff to ensure academic needs are accommodated.
To participate in the study, you will need to:
- Have current enrolment in a Bachelor or Postgraduate university degree program
- Participants must have a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
What is involved?
Participants will be asked to complete a short online assessment, a questionnaire and participate in interviews, where you will discuss how you demonstrate skills of self-determination and self-advocate in the university setting. Topics may include problem solving, organising, where you feel you need help and how you are currently using self-determination skills. You may also have an opportunity to participate in a (4-6 week) trial to focus on increasing your self-determination and self-advocacy skills.
If you are a university student with ASD and are interested in participating in this project, please contact:
- Danielle Ward on 0413239712 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Dr Amanda Webster by phone: (02) 4298 1254 or email: email@example.com
How is the Brain Wired?
We are conducting a study to identify possible differences in brain wiring or connectivity in adults with and without autism.
Why this research?
Autism is a diagnosis that is currently made on the basis of observation, personal report, and the reports of significant others who know the person well. Our research aims to identify possible underlying brain differences in adults with and without autism, in order to increase our understanding and ultimately improve diagnosis.
We are seeking the help of:
- Males, 18-45 years with autism but without significant learning disability
- Males, 18-45 years without autism and without a significant learning disability
What is involved?
Participating involves completing a neuropsychological assessment, having an MRI scan (no radiation), and providing a blood sample. There is no cost to participate and the study will take place at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland Brisbane. We would schedule visits to the University at a time that is convenient for you.
Each participant will receive a $50 Coles-Myer voucher to compensate for time and travel. We will provide you with a copy of your scan and a summary report outlining the key findings.
If you would like to learn more or participate, please contact the following people:
Knowledge and use of ASD Intervention Practices by Allied Health Professionals
We are working on a research project investigating intervention practices used by allied health professionals who work with people on the autism spectrum. We are interested in responses from psychologists, behaviour analysts, speech pathologists, and/or occupational therapists who work with people with ASD in an intervention context.
We will be asking you questions about: (1) you (education, age etc), (2) your work environment, (3) your intervention practices, (4) your attitude towards using new practices, and (5) sources of information. Responses will be collated and only the amalgamated results will be shared with the wider research community (e.g., via journal articles, or conference presentations).
What is involved?
We invite participants to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire is anonymous, you will not be asked to identify yourself. It is estimated that the questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Further information can be found via the complete the survey link below.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact Dr Jessica Paynter at 07 5678 7058 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers needed for research to help children on the spectrum stay on task
Many students on the autism spectrum experience difficulties staying on task and transitioning between tasks. This research project is investigating the use of structured teaching strategies to help address these problems so that these children can be more productive in the classroom.
What is the research project about?
- Do you have students with autism who have difficulty working independently in the classroom?
- Does their attention wander?
- Do they fail to complete tasks?
- Do they focus on things that are not relevant to the task?
- Do they get annoyed or upset when asked to transition to a new task?
- Do other students in your classroom have similar issues?
Who can participate?
If you are a primary school teacher in a mainstream classroom and answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in participating.
What is involved?
You will be asked to complete part 1 of an online survey and then to examine a structured teaching information packages over a 3 week period. The information package includes resources and strategies based on 'structured teaching' that can facilitate engagement in learning and transitions between learning tasks. You will then complete part 2 of the survey.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Libby Macdonald, PhD candidate at 07 5484 9188 or by email on email@example.com
Are you a successful adult male with ASD?
We are looking for men with ASD who feel they have been successful in their adult lives to share their stories and their perceptions on the factors, both internal and external, that have enabled them to achieve success.
This project aims to give men with ASD a voice and to share their lived experience/stories, in order to explore how they define success, how they have demonstrated self-efficacy and resilience to achieve success, and have they have developed their sense of identity as a successful man with ASD. This study will also provide successful men with ASD with an opportunity to reflect and share their perceptions of how other young men with ASD can be supported to achieve successful outcomes and to develop a positive sense of identity and resilience.
Participants will need to be 25 years or older, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (severity level 1), Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism or PDD-NOS, and be comfortable sharing their stories orally or in writing. Participants will also be asked to complete a short online assessment and participate in an interview.
If you are a successful man with ASD and are interested in participating in this project, please contact Dr Amanda Webster at 0418 844 922 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder experience sleeping difficulties?
We need you!
11 April 2016
Griffith University is conducting a study to investigate the types of sleeping difficulties experienced by children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and to determine If particular issues are more common to individuals of different age groups or gender. This study will also collect information from parents on what strategies they have utilized to help their children with their sleeping difficulties and which of these strategies have been the most successful in helping the child to sleep better.
We are looking for parents of children with ASD who would be willing to spend 10-15 minutes to complete a survey to provide data on this important topic.
If you are a parent of a child with ASD and would be willing to participate in this study, please follow this link to complete the survey.
For more information contact Amanda Webster or Carly Jones.
You are invited to consider participating in a brand new research project!
5 April 2016
As part of the Griffith University Doctor of Philosophy program, I am conducting a study that looks at the social experiences and expectations of adolescent and young adult females with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.
If you are:
- A female, between 12 and 24 years old,
- Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, (including PDD-NOS, Asperger’s Disorder),
- Enrolled (or were enrolled) in a mainstream primary or secondary school, and have attended a class with neurotypical peers for at least 50% of the time,
- Possess good written and oral English language skills,
- Have ready access to the internet and a private computer within your home,
Then you might be interested in joining this study!
What would you be asked to do?
Selected participants would be asked to join a private online forum, to chat with myself and other girls with HF ASD about our friendships - the good, the bad and the difficult things about being friends with other girls. You can chat with our online community as often or as little as you like, you only need to log on! You can also read what other girls with HF ASD, in a similar age group to you, think about friendships. Participation is completely voluntary, and your confidentiality remains paramount at all stages of the project.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact the student researcher of this project for a detailed information pack, at: Rebecca.email@example.com Phone: 08 8336 9027 Mobile: 0448 844 969.
I would love to hear from you!
Rebecca Vine Foggo