Current Research

Current Research Projects 

Every study SARRC conducts is valuable to the autism community, but we cannot do it alone. We look to families of individuals impacted by autism to participate in our current research projects. If you're interested in participating in any of our studies, please contact the research team for more information. For a list of current studies and more information, click the study title below:

AEIV Study

The purpose of this non-interventional research study is to improve our understanding of the role of specific genes in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This study is being conducted for research purposes in order to identify young people who have specific gene variation(s) that may affect ADHD. To pre-qualify for the Ascend Study, your child must be between 6-17 years of age and have a diagnosis of ADHD.

»Learn more here or contact Jasmine Masri at 602.218.8183.

ASD Screening Project

SARRC collaborates with more than 100 pediatricians to reduce the age of autism screening and detection. Pediatricians participating in our network screen children for developmental delays at 12-, 18-, and 24-month check-ups, and refer families whose children have scores that indicate a potential developmental delay to SARRC for a developmental evaluation.

»Learn more here. To see if your pediatrician is in our network, contact Stephen James at 602.218.8187.

Aviation Study

The aim of this study is to investigate the safety and efficacy of a drug designed to help with sociability. 

»Learn more here or to register, contact Jasmine Masri at 602.218.8183.

fMRI Study

Do you experience subtle social differences? SARRC and Barrow Neurological Institute are investigating the aging process of the brain in individuals with ASD when compared to typically developing peers with the use of fMRI scans. 

Right-handed males ages 18-25, and 40+. For more details, click here.
Right-handed females ages 18-25, and 40+. For more details, click here.

To register, contact Anthony Sziklay at 602.218.8199


This study will evaluate a remote diagnostic procedure, with hopes of improving accessibility to diagnostic evaluations for children ages 18 months to 6 years. En espanol: Dignostico del autismo – obtenga respuestas rapidamente.

To learn more, contact (se habla espanol) Jessica Laflin at 602.218.8184.


SPARK is a free online study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. An important part of SPARK is the collection of DNA so it can be analyzed to expand our understanding of the role of specific genes in the development of autism. SPARK is hosted by SARRC during various times of year. 

To register, contact Jasmine Masri at 602.218.8183.

STARS Angelman Snydrome Study

This study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication on various aspects of Angelman Syndrome, such as motor function, behavior, seizures, and sleep issues. The study is enrolling adults ages 18-49. 

To learn more, contact Sharman Ober-Reynolds at 602.218.8225.

Transition Into Adulthood: Skills Study

This study is for adolescents and adults with autism and involves a visit to SARRC’s campus where participants will complete assessments and participate in an interview about transition-related experiences with a member of our clinical team. Responses from these interviews will be used to inform the development of a new intervention for youth with autism.

»Learn more here or to learn more, contact Jessica Laflin at 602.218.8184.