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Research for Adults


If you are between 18 and 40 years of age, you can play an important role in research by volunteering for a free and confidential study conducted by the McPartland Lab at the Yale School of Medicine.

We are seeking individuals with either autism or typical development.


Email autism@yale.edu,

Call 203-737-3439 or

Fill out a brief form and we will contact you.

PET Imaging Study for Adults with ASD

This study is designed to look at brain activity using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PET imaging will be used to measure specific molecules in the brain and to measure synaptic connectivity. Scan procedures include the use of a small amount of radiation. The study will take place across two or three separate visits (one or two PET scans). The first day will consist of a brief physical exam and a 30-minute magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Up to two PET scans can be completed on a single day or different days depending on preference. Participants will be compensated $100 for the first day and up to $450 for both PET scans.

Collaborator: Dr. David Matuskey


The Brain Basis of Eye Contact in ASD

This study researches eye contact in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typical development. This project studies behavior and brain systems to better understand the difficulties maintaining eye contact that are often experienced by those people with ASD. We hope that this research will better inform ASD treatments in the future for individuals living with the disorder. Participation involves one visit to our lab where individuals will talk to a clinician, complete questionnaires, and watch videos while their brain waves are recorded using an electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants will receive a clinical evaluation as well as compensation of $60.


Sensory Gating and Selective Attention Study

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have difficulty filtering excess sensory information in the brain. This study is designed to better understand the clinical significance of auditory sensory gating and selective attention. A study visit involves cognitive testing, questionnaires, and an electroencephalogram (EEG). During the EEG session, participants will be asked to listen to a series of auditory clicks, look at different types of pictures on the screen, and answer questions about the images. Compensation for a study visit is $60.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

This study will evaluate the effects of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), a type of noninvasive brain stimulation, on the social brain. TMS is a therapy that has been approved for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder and we are looking to see if it can also help those with ASD. This method uses magnetic waves administered in a train of pulses to influence brain activity. A participant visit includes a baseline assessment of neuropsychological, cognitive and behavioral function and an EEG and eye-tracking session to measure visual and social responses before and after TMS. Compensation is $100 per visit to participate.


Social Interaction Study in ASD

This research study is designed to help understand brain activity during social interactions. The study will use a method called Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), which involves wearing a specialized cap to measure brain responses while interacting with another person. Participating in the study involves talking with members of the team, filling out forms, and completing an fNIRS task. Participants will be compensated $50 for a visit.

Collaborator: Dr. Joy Hirsch


Need more information

Contact our Intake Coordinator, Erin MacDonnell to learn more or to schedule an appointment