Our Current Studies

The Child Oxytocin Trial:

For children aged 3-12 who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

The Autism Clinic for Translational Research (ACTr) is conducting research investigating the effectiveness of a 15 week course of oxytocin nasal spray (in comparison to a placebo) in the treatment of social and behavioural difficulties in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.


If your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and is between the ages of 3 - 12 years old they may be suitable to participate in the trial.

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The PT-141 Trial

For male adults (aged 18-65) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder 

 

We are conducting research into the effectiveness of a new medication to improve social difficulties in Autism. This study aims to assess the efficacy of this medication on computer based tasks, questionnaires, and assess changes in small samples of your blood. If you participate, you will first undergo interviews with the study investigators and then participate in an observational assessment of behaviour followed by some computer tests. You will also be asked to complete some questionnaires to assess symptom severity. These assessments will be repeated over two testing sessions, two weeks apart. On one of these sessions, you will receive the active medication, and on the other session, a placebo. You will not know which medication you receive at either time point, and neither will the researcher.

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be male, aged between 18 and 65 years
  • Meet criteria for an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Not have any severe cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart disease, history of heart attacks)
  • Not have any kidney or liver disease

Potential benefits to participating in this study:

  • Participants can receive verbal feedback regarding clinical and neuropsychological assessments
  • Potential to enhance ability to interpret emotions in the short‐term. In the long‐term, results from this study may contribute to the development of new treatments for autism to improve social communication.

You will be reimbursed for your travel time to participate.


CBT Group Therapy Programs and Research for Social Anxiety or Autism

For people aged between 16 and 50 who would like assistance with social anxiety management or social skill development. For people who meet criteria for Social Anxiety or Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

 

We are currently conducting a clinical research program of two group-based cognitive-behaviour therapy programs for people who meet diagnosis for either Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These programs are free and aim to reduce anxiety and improve social skill in social situations.  This research program investigates the mechanisms that facilitate changes in social behaviour and symptom severity over the course of gold-standard group CBT treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and also Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants complete a diagnostic assessment, as well as a series of questionnaires and computer-based assessments both before and after completing 8 weeks of group CBT specific to either SAD or ASD. The SAD group therapy program (3 hours weekly) aims to increase understanding of social anxiety and provide participants with effective strategies for overcoming anxiety in social situations. The ASD group therapy program (up to 3 hours weekly) aims to improve social skills and provide participants with effective strategies for reducing anxiety.

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have SAD or ASD as their primary difficulty
  • Have an IQ > 70
  • Not be currently suicidal, severely depressed, experiencing psychotic symptoms, or have serious alcohol use problems

Individualised Therapy Sessions

Our clinical psychologists are available for individual therapy sessions upon booking, wherein they explore various psychological treatments and techniques that suit you best. Sessions must be booked ahead through an appointment.


If you are interested in any of these studies and services and would like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact us.