May Institute Awarded Grant from the Organization for Autism Research to Enhance Services to Rural and Geographically Isolated Families


Randolph, Mass. – Dr. Cynthia Anderson, Senior Vice President of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Dr. Ryan Martin, Research Scientist, received $40,000 from the Organization for Autism Research to study barriers and enablers for supporting families of autistic children using telepractice.

As one of only six awardees, Drs. Anderson and Martin will use the grant to provide behavioral parent training to families of young children living in rural areas of the Appalachian Mountains. 

To learn more about how best to help rural families, they will monitor outcomes of participating children and families. They also will talk with participating families about their experiences to learn more about what was and was not helpful, and will hold focus groups with rural behavioral health providers to explore methods for overcoming barriers to service delivery. 

“There are many factors that influence access to appropriate care for families of children with autism, including socio-economic status, race and ethnicity, and geographic location,” said Dr. Anderson. “This study will allow us to continue our work on increasing access to interventions for underserved populations, specifically those in rural areas.”

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