Adults with Autism

Dr. Ralph-Axel Müller, Dr. Ruth Carper, and their colleagues (Drs. Alan Lincoln, Jeanne Townsend, and Inna Fishman) are conducting a research study to find out more about adults with autism spectrum disorders. If you are between 40 and 65 years of age, live in Southern California, and have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, you may be able to participate.

The purpose of the study is to find out more about how adults with ASD think, how their brains work, and how these things change as they get older.  The study is being funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and will take place between 2015 and 2021.

Study participation involves: Diagnostic testing, Cognitive assessments (answering simple questions and drawing and solving puzzles), and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Altogether, this will take about 8 hours of your time over the course of several weeks. To achieve the goals of the study, we would also like to see you again in 2 ½ years (30 months) to participate in many of the same procedures. Participants will be compensated for their time and travel costs.

If you think you qualify for this study or if you are the guardian or conservator of someone who might, please call us at (619) 594-0176 or email us at  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Hear more about the study from KPBS, click here to watch video.

Coverage from SDSU News Center click this link.