Current Research Projects

Eating Behaviors of Autistic Women

The M3 Lab is working to characterize the sensory experiences of autistic women through a mixed-methods study.  The study aims to understand the diagnostic, sensory, and eating experiences of the autistic female phenotype. Individuals are eligible for study participation if they self-identify as autistic, were assigned a sex of female at birth, are age 18 or older, have no history of intellectual disability, and are not under a legal conservatorship or guardianship. Study participation involves a 30 minute survey and a 1.5 hour interview conducted via text chat, phone, or video call.

Sensory Experiences of Autistic Men

The M3 Lab is working to characterize the sensory experiences of autistic men through a mixed-methods study.  The study aims to understand the diagnostic and sensory experiences of the autistic male phenotype. Individuals are eligible for study participation if they self-identify as autistic, were assigned a sex of male at birth, are age 18 or older, have no history of intellectual disability, and are not under a legal conservatorship or guardianship. Study participation involves a 30 minute survey and a 30 min – 1 hour interview conducted via text chat, phone, or video call.

Understanding the impact of disparity in special education services for underrepresented groups with ASD

The Sturm Lab is currently funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA; R41MC33087) to characterize youth-level sociodemographic disparity in special education for underresourced youth with ASD and sequentially to understand the impact of these disparities into young adulthood. 

Psychosocial indicators of adjustment in college

The Sturm Lab is working with colleagues at the University of Denver to disseminate a survey to university students that will assess the relationship between mental health concerns and psychosocial determinants of successful adjustment in college. The survey aims to provide parents of high school students with evidence-based intervention recommendations to support indicators of college readiness and independent living established through the study.   


We are also interested in cross-disciplinary research. Contact us if you would like to collaborate! 

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