Autism Research at URMC

Attention Parents/Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

Does your child also have symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Dr's. Tristram Smith, Susan Hyman, and Jennifer Zarcone are conducting a study to find out whether two treatments, alone or together, can help with symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. One treatment is a medication called atomoxetine (brand name is Strattera). This medication is intended to reduce impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. The other treatment is called Parent Management Training (PMT). This training is intended to help parents learn strategies to manage their child’s challenging behaviors. The study is supported by the National Institutes of Health and is being done in collaboration with investigators at Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Reimbursement is provided for study participation in addition to study medication and the medical and behavioral care during the study. We are actively recruiting participants. If you are interested in learning more about this study please contact our research coordinator, Carol Stamm, at 585-275-0953 or Carol_Stamm@urmc.rochester.edu for more information. Or visit www.golisano.urmc.edu.
Some children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have challenging behaviors such as:

  • Refusing to follow directions
  • Having frequent tantrums
  • Hitting themselves or others

Dr. Tristram Smith is conducting a study to test two interventions for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders who also have challenging behaviors. One intervention is called Parent Management Training (PMT). PMT is intended to help parents learn how to manage their child’s challenging behaviors. The other intervention is called the Parent Education Program (PEP). PEP is intended to give parents information about autism and services that are available in the community for their child. The study is supported by the National Institutes of Health and is being done in collaboration with investigators at Yale University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Indiana University.

We are actively recruiting participants. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact our research coordinator for more information!

Who is eligible to participate?
Children who:

  • Have a diagnosis of Autism or a related disorder (Autism, Asperger syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Also have challenging behaviors such as refusing to follow directions, having tantrums, or becoming aggressive
  • Are between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.

To find out more about this study, please call:
Rachael Davis, Project Coordinator at 15852733023;Or send an email: Rachael_Davis@URMC.Rochester.edu