The Autism Research Program works to improve the understanding, education and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Researchers work with the Lerner Research Institute on autism-related studies as well as related fields, like epilepsy.

The overarching goal of the autism research program is to improve understanding, education, and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

By participating in a research program, participants, with their families, can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

A research study is conducted to try to answer a question. The question varies from study to study. The research protocol or study plan clearly states the question being asked and informs potential participants of the tests and procedures that will be conducted during the study. If you decide to enter into a research study, be sure you know what question the researcher is trying to answer.

Areas of Research

  1. Biological causes of autism spectrum disorders
  2. Assessment of core and associated autism symptoms
  3. Behavioral & medication treatment of autism spectrum disorder

Treatment studies focus on behavioral and medical interventions that can improve the lives of individuals with autism. These include projects examining existing and new behavioral treatments and medicines

Assessment studies evaluate new methods for identifying autism symptoms in infants and toddlers, older children, adolescents and adults. These studies also include evaluation of language and communication deficits in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

As we uncover new genetic causes we hope to develop personalized genetic treatments for children, adolescents and adults with autism.

Participate in an Autism Research Study at Cleveland Clinic Children's

Telehealth Delivery of Treatment for Sleep Disturbances in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Do you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder? Do they have sleep problems? Would you like to participate in our current research study?

We are looking for families to participate in our research study of parent training as a tool in treating sleep problems in young children with autism spectrum disorder. This study is designed for parents of preschool age children (ages 2 years to less than 7 years old) with ASD who are also displaying bedtime or sleep problems. The purpose of this study is to determine if our parent training program and parent education program are acceptable and helpful to parents. As part of the study you and your child will be required to complete questionnaires, document sleep habits and attend five sessions all using telehealth technology.

To be eligible to participate:

  • Child Must be between 2 and less than 7 years of age.
  • Child must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Child must have bedtime or sleep disturbance.

The possible benefits of participation in this study are the improvement of your child's sleep and bedtime behaviors.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact autismresearch@ccf.org or 216.448.6392.

Lerner Research Institute

Lerner Research Institute

The Lerner Research Institute is home to all basic, translational and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic. With nearly 1,500 researchers and support personnel in 175 laboratories in 12 departments, they are one of the largest research institutes in the nation, consistently ranking in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding, a benchmark of research success.  Examples of other areas of research commonly of interest to families impacted by autism include:

  • Genetics
  • ADHD
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Mood Disorders
Autism Research Inquiry

Autism Research Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in Autism Research at Cleveland Clinic Children's. Please be sure to check the boxes regarding the research projects you would like more information about.

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Contact Us

For more information on current research programs and clinical trials, please contact us at autismresearch@ccf.org