May Institute

Research Projects

The May Center for Applied Research coordinates numerous areas of research including:

  • Evaluations of instructional and treatment methods
  • Systems analyses
  • Comparative outcome assessments
  • Clinical efficacy studies
  • Documentation of large-scale program design
  • Behavior support and preventive interventions within public schools

The National Autism Center at May Institute also engages in research to identify, evaluate, and disseminate effective practices to better support individuals with autism. Learn more.

Research Collaborations

We are proud to collaborate with the following professionals on our research endeavors at May Institute:

Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University – Dr. Helen Tager-Flusburg

“AppLES,” (Apps for Language Enhancement Study) explores how mobile apps for tablets may enhance language and communication in minimally verbal children and adolescents with autism, and possibly lead to better ways of measuring language use in all individuals with autism.

The study is expected to run for approximately 15 weeks, the total time from enrollment to completion.

To sign up for the AppLES study or for more information, please contact the CARES team at Boston University by email, or call 617-358-4941.

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Northeastern University – Dr. Karin Lifter

Project Play examines children’s play development and progress for children ages 8 months to 5 years. A 30-minute video will be made either at your home or in a childcare setting along with several questionnaires.

To sign up for Project Play or for more information, please contact or call 617-373-3297.

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Child & Family Health Lab at Boston University –
Dr. Kristin Long

Families of Children with Autism: Family Mental Health, Culture, & Service Use is a new research project that focuses on families of children with autism. The purposes of this study are to characterize the caregiving experiences of Latina and non-Latina mothers and siblings of children with autism and examine how culture affects the manner in which a family manages autism. This study will interview mothers and participation lasts approximately 2.5-3 hours at a time and place that is convenient.

To sign up or for more information, please contact or 617-358-1630 (English or Spanish).

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