Research

Current Studies

Purpose of study

We are currently examining the factors that contribute to the diverse pathways and outcomes in children (below the age of 5 diagnosed with ASD within the past 6 months) with ASD.  Specifically, we are interested in how characteristics of services and interventions are associated with diversity in child and family functioning across time, which will generate research evidence to help enhance communication between clinicians and families and contribute to developing personalized intervention plans for children with ASD.  Participants will be asked to complete a brief set of questionnaires regarding your child, your family, and your experiences with autism services, which will take up to 2 hours, every 6 months for up to 7 timepoints. If you are interested in this study you can contact the study coordinator, Laura de la Roche via email at 14ldlr@queensu.ca. Participants will be compensated with a $20 gift card at each timepoint and will be provided with a summary of the child’s scores.

Purpose of study

We are currently examining the way that mood symptoms present in adolescents with ASD and/or ADHD, as well as in neurotypical controls. We are looking for adolescents with ASD and/or ADHD or typical development, aged 12-18, and their primary caregiver, to participate in this online study. Primary caregivers will be interviewed for approximately one hour on their adolescent’s emotions and behaviours, then the adolescent themselves will be interviewed for approximately half an hour with similar questions. These interviews will occur over Zoom at a time that is convenient for the adolescent and their parents.  Both adolescents and their parents will each receive a $10 gift card from Amazon for their participation.

Purpose of study

Participate in a comprehensive study on neurodevelopment. The study involves cognitive assessments, interviews, questionnaires, computer tasks, motor activities, genetics, immune, endocrine, and brain imaging. We are looking for participants in the Kingston area ages 6-21 years old both with and without Autism/ASD, ADHD, or Intellectual Disability. The visit is 2-3 hours and the participants will be asked to provide a sample (blood if possible, but saliva is okay). There is an optional brain scan at a later date. ASD participants may be eligible for clinical trial. Both parents and youth will receive a $25 gift card each. You can sign up at www.qglo.ca/participate or you can contact the Queen’s Genomics Lab/Queen’s Partnership on Neurodevelopment at qpond@queensu.ca or 613-548-4419 x 1215/1201. This study is overseen by Dr. Kelley but is conducted at Ongwanada Resource Centre.

Purpose of study

We are currently examining the way adolescents (ages 12-17, both those with ASD and those without) think about social situations influences the way they feel. Specifically, we are exploring whether theory of mind—the ability to identify and explain others internal mental states—influences the relation between bullying experiences and psychosocial adjustment.   Adolescents will come in to the lab for roughly 3 hours to take part in a bullying interview, several questionnaires, some computer tasks, and a developmental assessment.  Participants will be compensated $20 for their time.  Note that if adolescents wish to participate in both this study and Bullying Understanding 2 they may, and that this will only take roughly 4 hours-participants will receive $40 in compensation.

Purpose of study

We are currently examining the way adolescents (ages 12-17, both those with ASD and those without) understand bullying and other social scenarios.  Participants will come into the lab for roughly two hours to take part in several computer tasks, a series of questions about different social scenarios, and a developmental assessment.  Participants will be compensated $20 for their time.  Note that if adolescents wish to participate in both this study and Thoughts and Feelings they may, and that this will only take roughly 4 hours-participants will receive $40 in compensation.