Current Research Studies

Autism – Generating Effectiveness Mechanisms in RUBI (GEMs in RUBI)

Condition or Therapy:

Autism Spectrum Disorder; challenging behaviors 


Seattle Children's Autism Center

What is the goal of this study?

The aim of the study is to better understand the role of mental and emotional processes in autism and challenging behaviors and to understand how these processes impact intervention outcomes.

Who can join the study?

This study may be a good fit for parents who:

  • Are older than 18 years
  • Read English or Spanish
  • Have at least one child aged 2 to 12 years
  • Are the biological parent for a child and neither you, your child, or your child’s first or second-degree relatives have:
    • A Neurodevelopmental Disorder (e.g., Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, a learning disability)
    • Prenatal alcohol exposure
    • Psychosis
    • Challenging behaviors that have required intervention
  • Are free of current or historical neurological, psychiatric, or other conditions that significantly impact daily living (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, schizophrenia, current substance abuse)

All families who participate in the RUBI parent training program through Seattle Children's Autism Center will also be invited to participate.

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you decide to take part in the study, you would complete online questionnaires and a one time in-person EEG and cognitive assessment.

Who can I contact for more information?

Email Dr. Hannah Rea or call 206-221-9194 to learn more about this study.

Study Location(s):

Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington

Principal Investigator:

Hannah Rea
Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development