Current Projects

Communication and Family Relations Project. Are you a family who has a typically developing teenager and a child with an intellectual or developmental disability? Are you interested in learning more about how families in your life situation communicate and deal with stress? In this new study, we are looking for parents, and typically developing teens between the ages of 11-17 who have a family member with any type of intellectual or developmental disability (including ASD).  You and your teen will be taking classes on how to communicate and work together as a family using a newly developed research based curriculum that focuses specifically on families who have experienced intellectual or developmental disabilities.  For more information, please contact us at 631-6009 or e-mail us at parent or guardian of a teenager with autism or an intellectual disability? Would you like to help us understand how school experiences impact your child's postsecondary outcomes? In this new study, we are looking for students between the ages of 16 to 22 who are currently receiving special education services under a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or cognitive disability. If you decide to participate, one parent/guardian and the student will be asked to come to the F.U.N. Lab to answer a few short questionnaires and participate in a simple IQ test. Participation should take about 1 hour, and your child will receive $10 compensation for his or her time. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Klinepeter at or 574-631-5729.

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.