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Current Studies

Below you will find a list of current studies being in our lab and in our collaborators' sites. If you would like to participate in any of the studies, please visit the Experiment Sign-Up page.

ADDL Studies

All studies advertised here have been approved by the SFU Office of Research Ethics and any corresponding institutions when applicable. 

(Online Study) Social Competence and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grace Iarocci & Dr. Ryan Stevenson

What do we want to know? Our objective is to explore what people think about social competence and one’s experience with individuals diagnosed with ASD.

Who are we looking for?

  • Parents/Caregivers of children diagnosed with ASD
  • Self-Identified Autistc Adults (ages 16+)
  • Teachers and Education Assistants
  • Professionals who have experiencing working with children, youth, and/or adults diagnosed with ASD

About the study: If you are interested and agree to participate you would be asked to: fill out a series of questionnaires and watch brief video clips and provide ratings on these video clips. Your participation can be completed online and will take about 2 hours to complete. In appreciation for your time, you will receive $20.

For more information about this study, or to sign-up for this study, please contact:

Dr. Nichole Scheerer, Email:

(Online Study) Impact of COVID-19 on Families of Children diagnosed with ASD in British Columbia

What do we want to know? We are looking to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the quality of life of families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sharing your experiences and perspectives can help inform the government on ways to improve services and supports during and after the pandemic.

Who are we looking for? Caregivers of a school-age child diagnosed with ASD

About the study: Participants will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires online, including demographic information (gender, age), the services and supports your child received before the pandemic and are receiving now, safety concerns, child behaviour, family relationships, and well-being. The study will take approximately 30 

Please contact Lab Manager Troy Boucher at if you have any questions.minutes to complete.

To participate, please visit the following link:

(Online Study) Sound Sensitivity Study - Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults:

What do we want to know? We are investigating how individuals experience sounds in their everyday environments, and how sensitivity to noise, when it occurs, impacts daily living and mental health. You do not need to have sensitivity to noise to participate in the study.

Who are we looking for: We are looking for adults (with and without a diagnosis of ASD) over the age of 19 years old.

About the study: Participants will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires, including basic information about themselves, their social behaviours, their experiences with sounds, and questions about satisfaction with various areas of life.

The study should take approximately 1 hour. As a thank-you for your time, we will enter you into a draw to win one of four $50 (CAD) Amazon gift cards.

If you have questions, please contact Troy Boucher (Email:

To access the study, please use the following link:

Sound Sensitivity Study - Children diagnosed with ASD:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elina Birmingham

What do we want to know? Sound sensitivity is very common in ASD, and can interfere with family life and participation in daily activities.  We are interested in learning more about how adolescents on the autism spectrum cope with sound sensitivity, and how sensitivity has impacted their lives. Sound sensitivity includes being over-reactive to sounds in general, or certain types of sounds.

Who are we looking for? Children diagnosed with ASD between the ages of 11 to 18 years old who experiences issues with sound sensitivity.

About the study: The study will involve two sessions. The first session will involve an initial interview where the adolescent and caregivers are asked about their child’s experiences dealing with over-reactivity to sounds in the child’s environment. The second session will have the adolescent listen to a variety of different sounds while their bodily reactions are monitored with a non-invasive wristwatch.

This study will take approximately 6 hours over 2 sessions (for persons with ASD) and 3 hours over 1 session (for parents). As a thank-you for your time, we are offering $20/hour or portion thereof for persons with ASD and $10/hour or portion thereof for parents. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Troy Boucher (Email:, Phone: 778-782-6746), and please provide your phone number so that we can contact you to provide further information.


(Online Study) Partnership for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Addiction (PAAD)


Dr. Grace Iarocci, Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Dr. Marie-Hélène Poulin, University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

What do we want to know? The purpose of the project is to describe the lifestyle and using habits of substances, internet and gambling of young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Who are we looking for? Individuals ages 16 to 30 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

About the Study: Teenagers and young adults (ages 16 to 30) with ASD are invited to complete an online questionnaire (about 60 minutes in length). The teens and young adults who complete the online survey have a chance to win a $20 gift card among all respondents. Five gift cards will be randomly drawn.

To access the population survey, click on the following link:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kelly Tremblay, research project coordinator by email (

Collaborators' Studies

The studies listed here have been approved by the respective Office of Research Ethics and the researcher's institution.

Face Diet - Tracking Real Life Exposure to Faces via Head-Mounted Camera

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ipek Oruc, UBC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

What do we want to know? An observer's "face diet", i.e., statistics of their real life exposure to faces, fundamentally shape the neural mechanisms of face recognition. The size of an observed face has not been considered to play a role in the development of these mechanisms, yet our recent findings have repeatedly shown evidence that larger faces i.e., those viewed within social interaction distances, are processed more efficiently by the human brain. We proposed that this may stem from the fact that our face diet consists predominantly of large faces viewed in social contexts. In this experiment, subjects will wear head-mounted cameras to capture daily interactions in first-person view.

Who are we looking for? Invdividuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder over the ages of 18 years old

About the study:  You will be asked to wear a head-mounted camera over the course of a typical day (8-10 hours) while you go about your daily activities. The camera will be automatically set to capture 2 photos per minute at regular intervals over this timespan. The data from the recordings will be obtained by the investigators and compiled in a password secured database for analysis. For participation you will be compensated $20. You may withdraw at any time. 

Contact for information about the study: If you have any questions or desire further information with respect to this study, you may contact 


E-Learning Platform for Caregivers of Autistic Children

Posted on behalf of Dr. Katerina Schenke and Ohoud Alharbi at Simon Fraser University.

Earn access to 2 months of the platform FREE and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card! Researchers at Simon Fraser University are looking for parents of children diagnosed with Autism for a 30-minute interview

Are you the parent of a child diagnosed with autism?

We are developing an e-learning platform that helps caregivers of autistic children.

Slots available for participation. Enter your information here:

We will ask you questions about the types of skills you focus on with your child and how you communicate with your child’s therapist.

The study will take place over Zoom and take 30 minutes.

For your participation you will receive FREE two months “Premium subscription” to our online platform during Fall 2020 as well as a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Ohoud Alharbi or Dr. Katerina Schenke at