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Child Attention and Autism Research and Evaluation (CAARE) Lab

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The CAARE Lab conducts research to help grow autism knowledge and reduce stigma to promote a better quality of life for autistic individuals worldwide. We are interested in diminishing the disparities experienced by underserved families and increasing the quality of support for neurodiverse young adults in our community.

Current Studies

Assessing ASD Knowledge

Disability Valence IAT chart by Thomas & Harrison (2022)

  • Developed a measure of ASD knowledge entitled, the Autism Stigma & Knowledge Questionnaire (ASK-Q) in cross-cultural contexts
  • Assessing ASD knowledge or stigmas of ASD in low- and middle-income countries


  • Harrison, A.J., Naqvi, N, Smit, A.K., Nanda Kumar, P., Muhammed, N.A, Saade, S., Yu, L., Cappe, E., Low, H.M., Y de Bildt, A. (2023). Assessing Autism Knowledge and Stigma across the Global Landscape Using the ASK-Q. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Online.
  • Harrison, A.J., Bradshaw, L.P. Naqvi, N., Paff, M.L.*, & Campbell, J.M. (2017). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Autism Stigma and Knowledge Questionnaire (ASK-Q). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(10), 3281-3295. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3242-x
  • Harrison, A.J, Slane. M.M., Hoang, L., & Campbell, J.M. (2017). An International Review of Autism Knowledge Assessment Measures. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. Advance online publication, 21(3) 262-275. DOI: 10.1177/1362361316638786

Assessing Autism Stigma

Map of countries examined by Harrison, Naqvi et al., (2023)

  • Using implicit and explicit measures to examine autism stigmas and the negative impact
  • Examining the experience and consequences of stigma among autistic adult


  • Obeid, R., Bisson, J., B., Cosenza, A., Harrison, A.J., James, F., Saade, S., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2021). Do implicit and explicit racial biases influence autism identification and stigma? An implicit association test study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(1), 106-128. ]( ) . *Shared first authorship.
  • Thomas, G.*, & Harrison, A.J. (May, 2022). Examining the Psychometric Properties of an Implicit Association Test Used to Identify Potential Biases in Autism Identification. Poster presented at the virtual INSAR Annual Meeting.
  • Marion, A., Karrah Bowman, K.L., Thomas, G., & Harrison. A.J. (2023). A mixed method examination: How stigma experienced by autistic adults relates to metrics of social identity and social functioning. Frontiers Psychiatry. Online.

Examining Service Use Disparities

  • Identifying factors (individual, interpersonal and community) that contribute to an underutilization of Early Childhood Learning Services (Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education) in local schools.
  • Assessing factors that contribute to disparities in ASD assessment and treatment services


  • Harrison, A.J., Long, K.A., Tommet, D.C., & Jones, R.N. (2017). Examining the role of race, ethnicity, and gender on social and behavioral ratings within the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(9), 2770-2782
  • Harrison, A.J., Bhimani, S.K., Allen, F.E., Lieberman-Betz, R., & Neuharth-Pritchett, S. (2023). Identifying Factors Related to Successful Enrollment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. Early Childhood Education Journal. Online. ]( )

Developing and implementing interventions and assessment approaches to promote the use of evidence-based and reduce disparities

  • Developing innovative interventions for teachers to help increase autism knowledge and the use of evidence-based practices across the global landscape.
  • Implementing interventions among non-English-speaking parents and teachers to help increase knowledge of behavior modification strategies that can be used to improve child functional outcomes using verbal didactics, pictorial handouts, interpreters, and strategy modeling. Assessing the efficacy of these interventions using the ASK-Q.


  • Saade, S., Bockstal-Fieulaine, B., Gillespie-Lynch, K., Besche, C., Boujut, E., Harrison, A.J., & Cappe, E. (2023). Evaluation of an Autism Training in a Much Needed Context - The Case of France. Autism in Adulthood. Online.
  • Gillespie-Lynch, K., Bisson, J., Saade, S., Obeid, R., Kofner, B., Harrison, A.J., Daou, N., Tricarico, N.; Delos Santos, J., Pinkava, W., & Jordan, A. (2022). If You Want to Develop an Effective Autism Training, Ask Autistic Students to Help You. Autism, 26(5), 1082-1094.
  • Harrison, A., Long, K.A., Manji, K.P. & Blane, K.K. (2016). Development of a brief behavioral intervention for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders in Tanzania. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 54(3), 187-201. doi: ]( ) .

Participate in Research

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Caregivers Needed

We are conducting a study to gain diverse perspectives about an internationally used screener for developmental disabilities through cognitive interviewing. This research is designed to better understand the need for cultural adaptation in the use of developmental screeners. We are looking for culturally and/or linguistically diverse parents/primary caregivers of children ages 16 months – 30 months.

This project involves completing a 20-minute Qualtrics survey online and, if eligible, completing an hour-long interview. Participants will be rewarded a $20 gift card following the interview.

Diverse Caregivers Flyer (PDF)

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Implicit and Explicit Racial Stigma in Autism Identification

Help us learn more about implicit attitudes towards autism and other childhood disorders. We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Georgia (18 and older) from a racially diverse background.

This study consists of one online survey that will take between 30-45 minutes and can be completed at your convenience. You will be asked to complete 6 questionnaires and 1 sorting task to measure implicit attitudes. Participants will be compensated with a $20 gift card for participating!

Racial Stigma in Autism Flyer (PDF)

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Special Education Teachers in Georgia Needed

We are conducting a project to better understand teacher attitudes toward English Language Learners (ELL) and the factors contributing to these attitudes. We are looking for Special Education teachers currently or recently employed in a public school in the state of Georgia.

The project involves completing a 15-minute survey online Qualtrics survey. Teachers will receive a $20 gift card for participating.

Special Education Teachers Flyer (PDF)

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Providers, Please Help Us Understand Child Service Disparities

We are conducting a research study that will assess perceptions and attitudes towards a range of childhood disabilities. The end goal is to better understand what contributes to minority disparities in treatment and assessment services. We are looking for providers who work with children in some service provision capacity (psychologists, pediatricians, educators, behavioral specialists, early childcare providers) and may play a role in referring for or providing diagnostic evaluations.

The study consists of one online survey that will take approximately 20-30 minutes total. Providers will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for participating.

Special Education Teachers Flyer (PDF)

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Autism Clinical Services at UGA

School Psychology Clinic

The School Psychology Clinic in the College of Education provides comprehensive autism spectrum disorder diagnostic evaluations as well as psychoeducational evaluations.

Learn More About Our Evaluations

UGA students and adults with ASD can find several groups (peer support and social and life skills) during Fall and Spring semesters every year as part of UGA RISE, an initiative of the UGA CAARE Lab in partnership with the UGA Disability Resource Center. Please email us to find out when and where our groups meet and with any questions.


Peer Support Group

The peer support group serves as a weekly opportunity where individuals with autism can express their concerns to other adults on the autism spectrum. In this group, we discuss topics that are of needs and/or interest to the group members. Topics have included communication, relationships and dating, time management, self-esteem, disclosure, social nuances, and dealing with stress. Learn More (PDF)

Campus Coaches

Campus Coaches is a part of UGA Resources Inspiring Student Excellence (UGA RISE) initiative. Campus Coaches pairs a UGA student with ASD with a veteran UGA student who will assist their peers on activities such as navigating campus areas, navigating public transportation, social skill advancement (e.g., communicating with friends and professors) or just to meet occasionally for coffee or a slice of pizza. Any interested UGA undergraduate students with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder can participate. To learn more or sign up for the program, please send an email with the following information:

  • What kind of help are you looking for?
  • What is the best way to contact you (email or phone or text)?

More Information

School Psychology Clinic

Peer Support Group & Campus Coaches

Community Resources

We have assembled a list of professionals in the Athens area that provide services such as ABA services, diagnostic services, and other therapy services.

View a list of providers (PDF)

The CAARE Lab Team

Ashley Johnson Harrison is the lab director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology (School Psychology).

Current & Former Students (PDF)

In Loving Memory

Brianna Cochran

November 30, 1994 – March 25, 2015

Briana Cochran

Brianna was an undergrad research assistant in the CAARE lab. She loved working with kids and planned to be a pediatric surgeon. She enjoyed traveling and learning about the world. Brianna was truly a lovely young woman, inside and out. Her vibrancy, kindness, and extraordinary gift for making others feel special will be something that we will miss every day.

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