Participate in Research

We are recruiting children of families to participate in our IRB-approved study on autism and ADHD. Our eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
  • Are between the ages of 4 and 7
  • Are fluent in English
  • Live with at least one biological parent

What does participation involve?

Eligible families will visit our lab at the Waisman Center at UW-Madison once per year over the course of three years.  Each visit will last 3.5 to 4 hours and will include the following activities:


  • Cognitive and behavioral tests
  • Interactive activities on the computer
  • A short (1 hour) fMRI scan to learn how their brain works


  • Questionnaires and rating scales about your child’s behavior at home and school

Parent and Child:

  • Saliva samples for DNA analysis

What are the benefits?

You will receive:

  • Up to $120 for your full participation, plus an additional bonus each year
  • A toy prize for your child

If you are interested in learning more about our research or have any other questions, please contact us at or call us at 608-263-8913 with your name, number, and the best time for us to reach you.

This study is approved by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB#2021-0316, PIs: James Li and Brittany Travers).