May Institute Awarded Multi-Year Grant from Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund


Randolph, Mass. – May Institute is pleased to be awarded a two-year, $160,000 grant from the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund to provide behavioral parent training through video conference meetings.

Dr. Ryan Martin, Research Scientist at May Institute, shares, “Caregivers of children with ASD report challenging behavior as a significant source of parenting strain and stress. In recent years, research has demonstrated the benefit of behavioral parent training for reducing the disruptive behavior of children with ASD and reducing the stress of caregivers.”

Many of these parent trainings are held in person at clinical settings and have not been evaluated for telepractice. In-person parent training can be difficult due to busy schedules, location, and, more recently, COVID-19 restrictions. 

With support from the Deborah Monroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund, May Institute plans to provide parent trainings via telepractice to up to 20 families in the Greater Boston area.  If this approach to providing parent training is promising, we will use these findings as a steppingstone additional research at larger scales.  

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