Autism Research Program


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication and the presence of repetitive behaviors and restricted interests. The prevalence of ASD has been rising steadily over the past 10 years, with recent estimates that 1/68 children have ASD (CDC, 2014).


Dr. Suma Jacob’s research lab conducts studies that examine effects of novel interventions on social functioning and repetitive behaviors for both children and adults.

There are currently no approved medications specific for social behaviors in autism. Recently, several investigational drugs are being studied because of their potential to improve social functioning and restrictive, repetitive behaviors in individuals with autism. Please visit our specific studies below to learn more.

Autism Projects

Focus in NeuroDevelopment Network
Participants: Children and Adults

A Pilot Multimodal Brain Connectivity Study of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Participants: Ages 8-17

Intranasal Oxytocin for the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Participants: Ages 10-17

Single Dose Intranasal Oxytocin (IN-OT) Versus Placebo in Autism: Examining the Cognitive Effects
Participants: Ages 5-40

Participants: Ages 12-17 males

Participants: Ages 18-45 males

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