Young females with or without autism, intellectual disability needed for pubertal development research study

Significant physical, psychological, hormonal and social changes occur during pubertal development. Adolescence may be uniquely challenging for girls, especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researcher Blythe Corbett’s lab is seeking females enrolled at 6, 8, 10 and 12 years of age and followed annually over four years. Participants include girls with confirmed or suspected ASD or intellectual disability (ID), as well as those who are typically developing (TD).

Participants will come to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for an annual visit which includes physical, psychological and social interaction protocol.

A diagnostic visit will occur during the first year to confirm or disconfirm ASD, ID or TD eligibility criteria. Potential benefits of participation include diagnostic confirmation; free annual psychological, psychiatric and physical exams; compensation of up to $100 per year ($400 total); and reimbursement of travel for families living more than 100 miles away.

Learn more and enroll by clicking here.