Research Opportunities

Updated on May 6, 2022

Consider signing up to participate in research. Think of all the families before you who participated in research, so your child could have quality therapy and programs.

 

Would you like to post a research opportunity? If you would like to post a Research Opportunity on this website or on our MMAA Facebook page, please reach out to our President at blatsie63@yahoo.com and request a Research Opportunity form. Thanks so much!

 

Name of Research Project: Stay-Play-Talk Intervention via Tele-Practice for Typically Developing Siblings of Children with Disabilities (added 11/3/2021)

 

Simple explanation of project (including age of participants): This study explored the impact of a sibling-mediated intervention, Stay-Play-Talk (SPT) to increase social-communication delivered via tele-practice for typically developing siblings of children with disabilities between the age of 5-12 years old.

 

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community): The only foreseeable risk is that the subjects may feel overwhelmed during the training session. The benefit includes knowledge for typically developing siblings to develop a quality relationship through play with their siblings wo has a disability.

 

Name of PI, researchers, and administrative contacts (with credentials):

  1. Atikah Bagawan, MA (bagawana@msu.edu at MSU Human Development & Family Studies)

  2. Administrative contact: Sarah Douglas, PhD (sdouglas@msu.edu at MSU Human Development & Family Studies)

  3. Yuemei Lu, MS (at MSU Kinesiology Department)

  4. Tiantian Sun, MAE (at MSU Human Development & Family Studies)

 

IRB or Ethics Review Approval: MSU STUDY ID: STUDY00006287 approved by MSU

 

Contact Information (Phone, Email, Website)

Atikah Bagawan (5755679142, bagawana@msu.edu , https://raddlab.hdfs.msu.edu/site/web/)

 

Dates of opportunity?  Starting in November of 2021

 

Cost or honorarium? Amazon gift card $30-$40

Project Name:  Lingo Lab

 

Dates:  May 2019 - December 2021 * Research is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 (updated 7/1/2020)

Project Description

We are currently recruiting children with autism from 2 through 5 to take part in a study about word learning and attention in children on the spectrum. The goal is to better understand how to support the development of language and communication in these children. Children will completed play-based developmental assessments and 5-minute eye-tracking tasks (“movies”). Parents will complete written questionnaires.

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community):

Potential risks: Because families provide personal identifying information, there is the possibility of a breach of confidentiality. However, we do everything possible to ensure that no breach of confidentiality occurs.

Potential benefits: Families of children with autism will be offered a written report of the findings from the evaluation, including information about their child’s language, cognitive, and social communication skills. 
PI/Credentials: Courtney E. Venker, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University

Contact Information: ​Lab phone: 517-884-2259. Dr. Venker’s phone: 517-884-2259.

​​Lab emaillingolab@msu.edu.

Dr. Venker’s emailcvenker@msu.edu.

Lab websitehttps://lingolab.msu.edu

Cost/Honorarium:  Families will receive $20/hour for their participation. We cover mileage for families who live more than 60 miles away from our lab (1026 Red Cedar Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824). We offer a complimentary hotel stay to families who live more than 90 miles away. We will periodically send out newsletters to update families about the study and its findings.

IRB or Ethics Review Approval:  Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University

 

Project Name:  Family Well-Being and Music Engagement During COVID-19 (Updated 6/30/20)

Participant Criteria: Parents of Children with ASD aged 6 months to 5 years of age

Dates:  Current

Project Description: 

Participants complete a secure online survey about family well-being and parent-child music engagement during COVID-19. Participation will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

Participants receive access to online children’s music activities and can enter a lottery to win (1/30 chance) a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation. Participants who previously completed the survey can complete the survey again during this time of COVID-19.

Access the survey at  https://is.gd/MusicChildrenFamilies

PI/Credentials: Miriam Lense, PhD

Contact Information:  615-873-0852; SocialMusicResearch@vumc.org 

Cost/Honorarium:  Upon completion of the survey, participants can enter a lottery to win (1/30 chance) a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Project Name:  Objective and Subjective Stress Responses of Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

Project Description:  We are looking for college students with autism or ASD and are 18-26 years old. Participants will undergo an online stress stimulation via Zoom. The study lasts 35 minutes but the stimulation lasts only 5 minutes. Participants will wear one of our heart rate devices during the stimulation. Afterwards, participants will be asked to participate in a 30-45 mins interview about their experience and how they handle stress generally. Participants will also be given survey questionnaires about themselves. We will analyze data from the heart rate device and their stress perception.

 

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community): The risks and how we mitigate these risks are as follows: Increased heart rate (we encourage you to do your best during the stimulation), uncomfortable feeling being on Zoom (we encourage you to look into your computer camera and it’s okay if you don’t), germs and viruses (our heart rate devices are sanitized before your use and you are given sanitary wipes to use for your heat rate device), fatigue (you can pause when taking the survey questions and an optional break between stress stimulation and interview), uncomfortable feeling answering some questions (we encourage you to do your best), and confidentiality and privacy (all data collected are stored in MSU’s encrypted OneDrive system and in a password protected laptop). Despite these risks, a benefit from this study includes getting to know yourself, how you process and understand stressful situations, and other personal characteristics you may not yet know of.

 

Name of PI, researchers, and administrative contacts (with credentials): PI: Dr. Gloria Lee, PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Co-PI: Jarhed Peña, MRC, LLPC, CRC, master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Study Team Members: Michael Yeomans, MA, CRC, master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and Certified Rehabilitation, and Caitlin Johnson, undergraduate student at MSU pursuing psychology.

 

IRB or Ethics Review Approval: STUDY00006138, approved by Michigan State University’s Biomedical and Health Institutional Review Board. Approval Date: 6/29/2021, no expiration date.

Name of research project: The Early Hearing Study at MSU

 

Simple explanation of project (including age of participants): The Early Hearing Study is a Michigan State University research study about how young babies respond to sound. We are interested in seeing babies who have a sibling diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental condition (such as Autism or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder).

 

If you and your baby would like to join us, your participation would involve a one-time visit with a licensed audiologist at the Hearing Health Center (Sparrow Professional Building) in Lansing, MI, when you baby is 3-4 weeks old. Your baby will listen to snap or click sounds, and we will ask you to complete some brief questionnaires.

 

You and your baby may be eligible to participate if you are: 1)18 years or older, 2) have a child diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental condition (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder), and 3) recently gave birth (1-3 weeks ago) or are expecting soon.

 

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community):  The risks to this study are minimal and participants will not directly benefit from participating in this study.  However, your participation in this study may help us better understand how young babies use their ears and brains to respond to sounds in their environment. 

 

Name of PI, researchers, and administrative contacts (with credentials):  PI Nicole Talge, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Research Director Melanie Adkins, MPH

IRB or Ethics Review Approval: Approved by Michigan State University Intuitional Review Board, Study ID LEGACY 15-669M

Contact Information (Phone, Email, Website): For questions or more information about The Early Hearing Study at MSU, please email ehs@epi.msu.edu, call 517-884-2098, or complete a secure contact form https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cOwBQdMTbgsHTCJ  

 

You can also visit the MSU Neurodevelopment and Health Research Group at www.facebook.com/MSUNeurodevHealth/

Name of research project: Character Strengths of Individuals with ASD

 

Simple explanation of project (including age of participants): We are looking for college students with autism or ASD to complete an online survey. The purpose of this study is to understand how one’s character strengths, daily functioning and social support relate to the perceived personal value and life satisfaction among individuals with ASD. This study is voluntarily basis. The information in the survey will be kept anonymous and data will only be shared as group data. Interested participants can choose to opt out of participation at any time.

 

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community): Regarding risks: There are no foreseeable risks associated with participation in this study. However, participating in this study may have the following issues that may make you feel uncomfortable. Confidentiality. You complete personal information in the demographic form and packets of surveys. It is extremely rare that personal information is breached. We take the following steps to ensure your personal information is not shared without each of your consent. Researchers who are in this study are obligated to follow the Code of Ethics for their practice. All survey data (informed consent, demographic forms, survey measures) contain only a code (not names). Regarding benefits: Your participation in this study may immediately not benefit personally from being in this study. However, the information may allow you to see your personal strength and whether you are satisfied about your life. It will also help us to understand how personal strength can help one to feel satisfied in life. We can help others who feel less aware of their own personal strength to be aware of their strength so that they can stay satisfied in life. 

 

Name of PI, researchers, and administrative contacts (with credentials): PI: Dr. Gloria Lee, PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Co-PI: Dr. Susan Smedema, PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Study Team Members: Dr. Beatrice Lee, PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; Judy Huang MS, doctoral student in Rehabilitation Psychology; and Jarhed Peña, MRC, CRC, doctoral candidate in Rehabilitation Counselor Education.

 

IRB or Ethics Review Approval: STUDY 00006150, approved by Michigan State University’s Biomedical and Health Institutional Review Board. Approval Date: 5/13/2021 and Study #: 2021-0585 by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Contact Information (Phone, Email, Website) Dr. Gloria K. Lee (leekalai@msu.edu) at Michigan State University, Dr. Susan M. Smedema (ssmedema@wisc.edu) at University of Wisconsin-Madison, or Dr. Beatrice Lee, ylee6@utep.edu.

Dates of opportunity?  August 2021 through August 2022.

 

Cost or honorarium? No cost. First 20 participants will earn a $20 Amazon Gift Card upon completion and following the survey instructions on how to receive it.

Name of research project: Emotion Regulation and Psychological Adjustment of Siblings With and Without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

Simple explanation of project (including age of participants): Siblings and their caregivers are needed to help researchers better understand the connection between emotion regulation and psychological adjustment of siblings. 11-to-18-year old siblings of children with and without Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD; e.g., Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, etc.) and their caregiver (only one caregiver is necessary to participate) are eligible for this study. Sibling and caregiver participants will each complete a one-time online survey, which can take up to 45-minutes to complete. This study is online, so it is open to children and caregivers throughout the USA. Both child and caregiver participants can earn a $10 Amazon gift card (for a total of $20) for completing the online survey.

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community): There are minimal risks associated with this research. Some of the questions asked may make the participant feel uncomfortable, and the participants will be free to not answer any questions. In addition, participants may become fatigued by the quantity of questions asked. The participants again will be free to stop at any time or not answer any question. Results of this study will support researchers who develop interventions and programs to support siblings of children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Therefore, clinically relevant or clinically significant findings of the research study will benefit the subjects in the form of programs and interventions to support their psychological adjustment and well-being

Name of PI, researchers, and administrative contacts (with credentials): PI- Kristin Rispoli, NCSP, PhD, Researcher (PI-proxy)- Nicholas Ramazon, MPS, M.A.

IRB or Ethics Review Approval: MSU Study ID: STUDY00007027

Contact Information (Phone, Email, Website): Nicholas Ramazon, Ramazonn@msu.edu, http://lab.rispolik.msu.domains/

 

Dates of opportunity?  Currently running the study, March 2022 to May 2022

Cost or honorarium? There is no cost associated with participating in the study. Child and caregiver participants can earn a $10 Amazon gift card (for a total of $20) for completing the online survey

Name of research project:  Meanings of autism, meanings of work: Perspectives of autistic people on jobs and job searches.

 

Simple explanation of project (including age of participants): We are looking for people to take part in a research study who are autistic (with or without a diagnosis), are 14 years old or older, have ever had a job or searched for a job, and live and/or work in Michigan. We will ask you to talk about your job and/or job search, take photos about your job and/or search, and talk about the photos. All parts of this study will be “remote.” _

 

Risks and Benefits (to families or scientific community):  This research poses no risks beyond the risks you face in daily life. There are no direct benefits to you if you take part in this study. The results of this study may benefit society by helping people know more about the daily lives of autistic people at work and in job searches.

Name of PI, researchers, and administrative contacts (with credentials):_Ariel Cascio, Ph.D. (PI), Jun Hwan Kim, Brandon Snel, Aashima Sarin (medical students), Central Michigan University Institutional Review Board (IRB administrative).

 

IRB or Ethics Review Approval: Approved by the Central Michigan University Institutional Review Board, protocol #2021-1270.

 

Contact Information (Phone, Email, Website) cascio-research@cmich.edu (email or text), 989-774-1502 (calls only).___

 

Dates of opportunity?  _April 2022 – July 2022 

 

Cost or honorarium? _No costs. Participants will receive a $25 gift card at the end of Meeting 1 and a second $25 gift card at the end of Meeting 2._

 P.O. Box 27462  Lansing  MI  48909
 

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