Research

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The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center conducts research and seeks major federal research grants and other funding to conduct scientific investigations of "what works” in autism intervention and treatment.

CONDUCT RESEARCH

If you are interested in conducting research at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, please review the UNT Institutional Review Board website and complete the Research Participation Request Form. In order to conduct research at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, researchers and data collectors must complete a criminal background check, HIPAA training, and sexual abuse training. Please contact Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Callahan, for more information regarding how to conduct research at the KFAC.

PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH

If you are interested in participating in a research study that is being conducted at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, please contact Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Callahan,for more information. 

 

Promoting Evidence-Based Practices in Autism Research

The National Autism Center (NAC) 

The National Autism Center, an affiliate of the award-winning nonprofit organization May Institute, focuses on the promotion of evidence-based practices. The NAC is dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources to families, professionals, and communities. In 2009, the NAC completed an unprecedented project, the National Standards Project, in an effort to establish a standard set of effective, research-based educational and behavioral interventions for children on the autism spectrum. The results of this project, outlined in the National Standards Report, provide a single, authoritative source of guidance for parents, caregivers, educators, and service providers as they develop intervention plans and strategies. 

The National Professional Development Center (NPDC)

The National Professional Development Center is a multi-university center promoting the use of evidence-based practices for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The NPDC operates through the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California at Davis Medical School, and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Three states are selected each year for a two-year partnership with the NPDC in order to provide professional development to teachers and practitioners who serve individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Evidence-Based Practices - the National Autism Center and the National Professional Development Center

In 2007, the National Professional Development Center received funding to promote the use of evidence-based practices in programs for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. During this time the National Autism Center was working on the National Standards Project, also in an effort to promote the use of evidence-based practices. The results of this simultaneous research between the NAC and the NPDC led to the development of a detailed comparison table, identifying the similarities and differences between the results of the two projects.