The Smooth Transition Study (STS) for Young Adults with Autism

What is being studied?

Maya Reiter, a doctoral student at the Brain Development Imaging Labs, is working with Drs. Müller, Fishman, and Carper to better understand how brain functioning relates to emotional well-being during the transition to young adulthood. The goal of this project is to study factors that are related to a smoother transition to adulthood in ASDs, starting from early adolescence and all the way up until age 30. More specifically, we are interested in brain functioning related to anxiety, depression and mastery of daily living skills. By studying these key areas of well-being, we hope to generate knowledge that would help develop better services for individuals with ASDs and their families during the transition to adulthood.

Who can participate?

If your child is currently between the ages of 13 and 30 and has participated (or is participating) in any studies at BDIL that involve neuroimaging, you qualify to participate in the current study! This includes individuals with or without autism.

What does the study involve?


A Visit to BDIL

Participation includes 1 visit to BDIL. Activities include questionnaires about emotional well-being and daily living activities. Altogether, this study will take about 2 hours of your time + a short phone call so we can provide you with more information and schedule your visit to BDIL.

How will I benefit from participating?

Compensation and Referrals

Participants (and their parent/caregiver!) will receive $20 each for completing this study. We will also provide all of our participants with referrals to various mental health services in San Diego.

Where and when does the study take place?

Brain Development Imaging Labs at SDSU

Our study takes place at the Brain Development Imaging Laboratories at San Diego State University. Free parking will be provided to research participants.


If you think you qualify for this study or if you are the guardian or conservator of someone who might, please get in touch!


Call (619) 594-0176 or email Maya at