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Internet use habits in children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): ASDs and child and adolescent Internet behavior are two subjects of considerable concern in the public health domain. How exactly children and adolescents with ASD interact with the Internet medium however has been the subject of relatively little research. This study sought to identify how (gaming, social media, chat rooms, etc.) and why (social contact, find information, etc.) children and adolescents with ASD are using the Internet, as well as the degree to which parents are aware of their Internet use.
Physiologic reactivity to social stimuli in children with ASDs (with Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD): The focus of this research in on how psychophysiological markers of arousal measured in children and adults with ASDs differ or are similar to those without ASDs. These markers include those related to the “fight or flight” response (sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems) as well as stress hormones (cortisol). Our goal is to understand how those with ASDs may react differently based on having some difficulties related to their social and non-social environments.
Assessment of suicide risk in adolescents and young adults with ASDs (with Anthony Spirito, PhD): Our goal is to further understand how suicidal thoughts and behaviors may be perceived and understood differently by adolescents and young adults with ASDs who are receiving psychiatric care. Focus is on how providers may need to modify traditional assessments of suicidality to relate to the unique social and communication needs to those with ASDs.
Fetal and Neonatal Neurobehavior and Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure: The Child (with Amy Salisbury, PI): The goal of this project is to examine the effects of prenatal antidepressant exposure and untreated maternal depression on sleep, neurobiological rhythms, and socio-emotional development in children through age 5 with the goals of identifying guidelines for the treatment of depression during pregnancy and biomarkers for developmental psychopathology.
Care of Pediatric ASD patients in Emergency Care (with the Department of Emergency Medicine): Through questionnaires distributed to families receiving care in the Emergency Department of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, our goal is to understand how those with family members affected by ASDs and other developmental disorders receive care and how they experience the Emergency Department. This data will be used to help both families and medical staff connect on providing optimal care for those with special needs.