Our Current Studies

We are currently recruiting (click on the descriptor for more info)

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The Child Oxytocin Trial:

For children aged 3-12 who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

The Autism Clinic for Translational Research (ACTr) is conducting research investigating the effectiveness of a 15 week course of oxytocin nasal spray (in comparison to a placebo) in the treatment of social and behavioural difficulties in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

If your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and is between the ages of 3 - 12 years old they may be suitable to participate in the trial. You can register online or email us at med.actr@sydney.edu.au


Social well-being of typically developing children

We are also recruiting typically developing children aged 3 to 12 investigating social well-being. 

Participation will contribute to knowledge surrounding the role of the brain and its development on health and wellbeing.
We will conduct IQ tests, imaging and social well-being assessments.

If your child  is between the ages of 3 - 12 years old and you wish to participate, please call us at (02) 9114 4104 or email us at med.actr@sydney.edu.au

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Autism throughout the lifespan

We are recruiting adults aged 50 years and above with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to greater understand how Autism Spectrum Disorder influences throughout the lifespan. 

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 50 years or older
  • Have ASD as their primary difficulty
  • Have an IQ > 70
  • Not be currently suicidal, severely depressed, experiencing psychotic symptoms, or have serious alcohol use problems

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at (02) 9114 4104


CBT Group Therapy Programs and Research for Social Anxiety or Autism

For people aged between 16 and 50 who would like assistance with social anxiety management or social skill development. For people who meet criteria for Social Anxiety or Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

We are currently conducting a clinical research program of two group-based cognitive-behaviour therapy programs for people who meet diagnosis for either Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These programs are free and aim to reduce anxiety and improve social skill in social situations.  This research program investigates the mechanisms that facilitate changes in social behaviour and symptom severity over the course of gold-standard group CBT treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and also Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants complete a diagnostic assessment, as well as a series of questionnaires and computer-based assessments both before and after completing 8 weeks of group CBT specific to either SAD or ASD. The SAD group therapy program (3 hours weekly) aims to increase understanding of social anxiety and provide participants with effective strategies for overcoming anxiety in social situations. The ASD group therapy program (up to 3 hours weekly) aims to improve social skills and provide participants with effective strategies for reducing anxiety.

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have SAD or ASD as their primary difficulty
  • Have an IQ > 70
  • Not be currently suicidal, severely depressed, experiencing psychotic symptoms, or have serious alcohol use problems

If you are interested in any of these studies and services and would like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact us.