Enhancing Social Competence in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Principal Investigator: Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D.


Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying the effects of a treatment developed for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the following groups:

  • SENSE TheatreĀ® is a performance-based intervention targeting social skills that includes trained peer actors and theatre techniques.
  • Waitlist Control group participants will participate in the treatment after the initial study group.

Research Components:

  • The intervention is no cost to you
  • Research visits before and after the treatment
  • Psychological Testing (2 hours)
  • Social Interaction (10 minutes)
  • Research EEG (1 hour)
  • Intervention takes place over 10 sessions on weekday late afternoons
  • Participation in research is necessary to receive the treatment

The SENSE Lab works in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt University Department of Theatre.

Participant Criteria

Between 18 and 40 years of age and have an Autism Spectrum Disorder


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Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2022

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