CCAA - Charting the Course of Autism in Adulthood

Principal Investigator: Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D.


Research opportunity for Autistic adults ages 18-35!

The Transitions Lab in the Department of General Pediatrics is looking for young adults with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis who are interested in participating in a study about how life unfolds in early adulthood. The goal of the study is to understand which services, supports, and experiences are helpful in promoting employment and community participation for adults on the autism spectrum.

You may be a good fit for our study if you:

  • Have an Autism spectrum diagnosis
  • Are 18 to 35 years old
  • Have fluent language
  • Are not in high school or receiving services through the high school system (e.g. in a transitions program).

The first part of this study involves completing a questionnaire and an online interview. Both of these can be completed from your home and will last up to 3 hours. After that, we will follow up with you 6 more times over the following 3 years, with half of those being brief check-ins (up to 1 hour) and the other half being longer interviews with questionnaires, lasting 2-3 hours. You will get paid for each one of these follow-ups.

We would also like someone close to you to participate and report on how well they know you. Most often this will be a parent, but it could also be a partner, other family member, or close friend (and you can also participate on your own)!

You can earn up to $300, and your parent, family member, or close other person can earn up to $275 for study participation. Interested participants will be scheduled for a brief phone screening call (10 minutes) to confirm their fit for the study and to answer additional questions.

For more information, please contact Eman Durrani of the Transitions Lab via phone or email at 615-241-0107, or

You may also submit your information here and a staff member will contact you:

We are looking forward to hearing from you! To learn more about this study, please watch our informational

video by clicking HERE , or by copying the following into your web browser:

Participant Criteria

We are looking for autistic adults ages 18-35 and their parents or others close to them to participate in a study about how life unfolds for adults on the autism spectrum. This study involves interviews and surveys and will follow participants every 6 months for 3 years


Up to $300 for adults with an ASD, and up to $275 for your parent, family member, or close other person.


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Last Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2021

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