UC Davis Health Clinical Studies

Telehealth study about a parent-implemented language test for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Estudio de telesalud sobre una prueba de lenguaje aplicada por los padres en el hogar para personas con Trastorno del Espectro Autista

We are now recruiting parents along with their sons/daughters with ASD for a new study! The study aims to teach parents to administer a spoken language test to their sons/daughters in their homes via telecommunication technology (i.e. Skype). We also will be adapting the language test for use with Spanish-speaking families. Therefore, we are recruiting both families who primarily speak Spanish as well as families who primarily speak English with their children. Estamos reclutando padres junto con sus hijos/as con TEA para un nuevo estudio! El objetivo del estudio es enseñar a padres a dar una prueba de lenguaje a sus hijos/hijas en sus hogares a través de las tecnologías de telecomunicaciones (ej., Skype). También adaptaremos la prueba al español. Por lo tanto, estamos reclutando tanto a familias que hablen principalmente inglés en casa con sus hijos como a familias que hablen principalmente español con sus hijos.

outcome measures/ medidas de resultado
Any, age 6 to 23

An Evaluation of the Health Education Theater Course

Volunteer for research at UC Davis and contribute to discoveries that may improve health care for you, your family, and your community!

The purpose of this study is to see if the enrollment in a course (entitled “Health Education Theater”) causes any changes in five major outcomes. These five outcomes include: (1) the knowledge about guidelines about (a) physical activity and (b) diet/nutrition. (2) compliance to these guidelines. The third outcome is (3) the economic efficiency (e.g., return on investment (ROI)) estimated by a cost-benefit analysis (CBA)). This will account for productivity loss (e.g., income loss) saved in the long-term (e.g., life time). The fourth outcome is (4) health related quality of life. The fifth outcome is (5) self-perception well-being measures such as self-esteem and and selfefficacy.

Behavioral study
Any, age 18 years or older

Improve your well-being and try a self-experimentation tool

Help us understand how self-experimentation tools can be designed to improve health and well being

Ever wonder which healthy activities are worth doing for you personally? Healthy behaviors are not one-size-fits-all. This study will test a self-guided tool called Study of Me. The tool guides you through an 30-day 'self-experiment' to figure out if a healthy activity works for you and is therefore worth doing. It uses simple self-administered healthy activity (i.e., exercise, meditation) and will be tested to see if it improves psychological well-being (i.e., happiness, stress, and focus). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the tool's design and usefulness.

At-home study
Any, age 18+

Study on Language Development in Young Adults with Fragile X Syndrome

The goal of the study is to learn more about how certain abilities (e.g. memory), certain types of experiences (e.g. interactions with family), and biology affect language abilities in adulthood for both males and females with fragile X syndrome. We are also interested in understanding how these factors and language/literacy skills affect the abilities of these young adults to function independently. Such information will help us suggest ways to improve instruction, therapy, and support to help youth fragile X to successfully transition from school to the demands of adult life.

Behavioral
Any, age in, entering, or just out of last year of HS

The BRAIN Study

Studying different patterns of brain development in children

Autism is a very complex disorder, and it is likely that various subtypes exist. For over 10 years, investigators at the MIND Institute have been trying to define different subtypes or “phenotypes” of autism in order to develop the best treatments for each type. As part of this effort, we have been examining the brains of children with autism and age matched typically developing kids to see if there are different patterns of development and organization. In our previous work, we have found that about 15% of boys with ASD have a large brain form of autism. Besides a big brain, we have found that these kids have a different behavioral profile than other kids with ASD. On average, they showed fewer gains in IQ and language by age 5. However, some children with ASD and a big brain showed gains instead. The primary goal of this project is to further study the large brain ASD children compared to other children with and without ASD.

Other
Any, age 24- 42 months

Study of anxiety treatments in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

How can therapy or medication better alleviate symptoms of anxiety and/or autism?

We hope to learn more about anxiety as it uniquely manifests in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and determine how best to alleviate anxiety in children with autism. Forty to eighty percent of children and preadolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit clinically significant anxiety symptoms, which are associated with increased social deficits, depression, irritability, and stereotyped and self-injurious behaviors. While it is clear that anxiety symptoms represent a substantial problem for those with ASD, important issues that could inform treatment remain unresolved. We seek to better characterize anxiety in autism and determine whether therapy or medication can better alleviate symptoms of anxiety and/or autism.

Other
Any, age 8-14 years old
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