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Examining Stress and Arousal across Pubertal Development in Youth with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thursday, September 06, 2018 2:36 PM | Anonymous member

Examining Stress and Arousal across Pubertal Development in Youth with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder


The mission of the SENSE (Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology) lab is to better understand the social and emotional functioning of children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders and to translate findings into meaningful approaches and interventions.


Blythe Corbett, Ph.D.

Email: senselab@vanderbilt.edu

Phone: 615-322-4132 or 615-513-9562

Web: vkc.vumc.org/senselab

This project is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health

(NIMH) under grant number MH111599, (PI: Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D.).

This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by NIMH. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Graphic services supported in part by EKS NICHD Grant U54 HD083211 to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, vkc.vumc.org. 3/2018

Pubertal development contributes to significant physical, psychological, hormonal and social changes. It may be a time of increased vulnerability in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our goal is to examine stress and arousal across pubertal development in children with and without ASD to identify potential risk factors, treatment targets, and therapeutic strategies.


We are seeking a large sample of boys and girls who will be enrolled at ages 10-13 and followed annually over four years; specifically, from 10-13 years, 11-14 years, 12-15 years, and 13-16 years. Participants include children with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of ASD (free evaluation provided) and children who are typically developing. Participants must have intelligence in the average range (IQ > 70).


Participants will come to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the assessment, which will include confirmation of diagnosis (for ASD group), psychological testing, as well as a brief psychiatric interview and physical exam. Results from the standardized measures will be compiled into a research letter provided to the family.

Date of IRB Approval: 04/12/2018


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