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SARRC Research Briefs


The broad goal of SARRC’s original research program is to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout the lifespan. As a part of this goal, we aim to share the findings of this research with stakeholders, including individuals with ASD, their family members, and professionals.

SARRC Research Briefs provide short and easy-to-read summaries of our most recent original research publications. To learn about all of our current studies, please visit


Mixed-methods examination of attitudes and behaviors related to COVID-19 vaccines among parents of children with autism and autistic adults

  • Participants responded to questions about household vaccination status, plans to vaccinate their children (parent sample), and five questions designed to assess beliefs and attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines in Spring and Summer of 2021.

Consistency Between Parent Report and Direct Assessment of Development in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Delays: Does Sex Assigned at Birth Matter? »

  • Males are more likely than females to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with nearly 1 in 23 boys being diagnosed with ASD compared to only 1 in 88 girls. Recent research suggests that characteristics associated with ASD may look different in males and females. This study was conducted to examine whether consistency between parent-report and direct observation from a professional diagnostician differed based on the child’s sex assigned at birth.


Mixed-Method Adaptive Functioning »

  • This study was conducted to provide a more comprehensive understanding of adaptive functioning in autistic young adults, including the identification of potential strategies that could be used to improve adaptive functioning skills.  

A qualitative examination of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and adolescents with autism and their parents »

  • The unprecedented challenges introduced by the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be amplified for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Implementing the Get SET Early Model in a Community Setting to Lower the Age of ASD Diagnosis »

  • The objective of this study was to implement a validated, university-based early detection program, the Get SET Early model, in a community-based setting. Get SET was developed to improve Screening, Evaluation, and Treatment referral practices. Specifically, its purpose was to lower the age of diagnosis and enable toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to begin treatment by 36 months.


Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telehealth Model for Autism Diagnostic Evaluations in Children, Adolescents, and Adults »

  • This study documented our diagnostic clinic’s transition to telehealth diagnostic evaluations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings suggest that parents and psychologists found telehealth diagnostic evaluations to be acceptable for most clients.