Adult Well-Being Study

Last Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017

Principal Investigator: Katherine Gotham, Ph.D.


You can help us learn about ways to improve emotional health in adults. We want to gather information about thoughts and feelings experienced by two groups of people we are inviting to be part of our study:

  • adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD; for example, autism or Asperger's disorder)
  • adults with current or previous depression

This study will require:

  • a screening phone call,
  • a packet of questionnaires, and
  • one or two visits to our lab in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

During the lab visit(s), we will conduct a behavioral assessment with interviews and questionnaires. We also will ask you to watch pictures on a computer screen that records where you look.

Participant Criteria

We are looking for adult participants, aged 18 – 35 years old, who can speak and read English fluently, who have no history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, who:

  • have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome, autism, or Specified (PDD-NOS), OR
  • who have current or previous depression,
  • Compensation

    $100 for full study completion

    Visit Requirements

    1 or 2 visits, about 5-8 hours total


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    Contact Information

    Mareike Eydt-Beebe, Study Coordinator

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