Current Projects

*Updated Qualification Information*

Communication and Family Relations Project. The Communication and Family Relations Project is currently recruiting participants for a new program that focuses on the unique strengths and challenges faced by families that include a child with an intellectual or developmental disability.  We are looking for couples who are married or cohabitating, with a typically developing adolescent between the ages of 11 – 17 and a child  with any type of intellectual or developmental disability (including ASD) who resides in the home.  Families will be asked to visit the Shaw Center for Children and Families between 5 and 7 times over the course of a year to complete questionnaires, have discussions as a family, and receive research-based information about family communication and relationships. Visits will last between 1 and 2.5 hours each, and families can receive as much as $295 for their participation in the project. For more information, please call us at 574-631-5729 or email us at

Online Study for Siblings. Are you the sibling of a child who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If you are between the ages of 12 and 17 you could participate in a research study trying to better understand sibling relationships among teens and their siblings with ASD. If you decide to participate in this study, you and your mother will be asked to complete online, anonymous surveys. The study will take about 45 minutes to an hour for both you and your mom. After you are done completing the survey you will have the option to provide your email to be entered into a drawing for 1 of 4 $25 gift cards. If you are interested, please have your mother click the following link. It will take her to the online survey and your mom can email you the link to complete your portion after she's done. 6ro7iGXKzxNje6g For more information about this study, please contact Amy Nuttall at (574) 631-1570 or, or Joshua Diehl, Ph.D. at (574) 631-5729.

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***If you do not qualify for any of these studies, but are still interested in participating in future research, feel free to contact us at We will put you in our database and contact you with future studies that might interest you.