Research

Multiple research studies concerning autism are being conducted at Marquette and with collaborators. For more information, please contact the first investigator listed.  Studies include: 

Brain, physiological, and emotional correlates of relationship development in autistic preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults: the Marquette PEERS® randomized controlled trial study. 

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van HeckeDr. Iqbal Ahamed, Dr. Mary Carlson, Wendy Krueger, MS, CCC-SLP

Training church leaders to identify ASD in young children.

Investigators: Dr. Norah Johnson and Dr. Amy Van Hecke

Effects of swimming instruction on problem behaviors of autistic children.

Investigators: Dr. Norah Johnson, Dr. Abir Bekhet

Depression, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in caregivers of autistic individuals.

Investigator: Dr. Abir Bekhet

Effects of an exercise intervention on parenting stress in families of autistic individuals.

Investigators: Dr. Norah Johnson, Dr. Abir Bekhet

Community Quality Improvement in Autism Family Navigation: the Milwaukee Autism Project

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, with Troney Small, Ida Winters, and community collaborator Leah Jepson, MSW, Mental Health of America of WI

Technology development for ASD screening at toddler well checks.

Investigators: Dr. Iqbal AhamedDr. Norah Johnson and  Dr. Amy Van Hecke

What supports do autistic people want and need for college success? A survey of students and parents.

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, and Rachel Stanley 

Broader Autism Phenotype and Emotion in College Students.

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, and Hillary Schiltz, MS

Parent-child and Marital Relationship in Parents of Autistic Children: A Longitudinal Investigation.

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, Hillary Schiltz, MS, with collaborator Dr. Sigan Hartley, Human Development and Family Studies, UW-Madison

Anxiety in Autism: Global rates and cross-cultural comparisons.

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, Alana McVey, MS, with collaborators from the National University of Singapore, King’s College London, University of East Anglia (UK), La Trobe University (Australia), Brigham Young University (Utah), Newcastle University (UK), Stanford University, Cardiff University (Wales)

Sensory Function and Virtual Reality in Autistic Children.

Investigators: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, Hillary Schiltz, MS, Alex Barrington, Morgan Ford, with collaborator Dr. Zhi Zheng, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UWM

 

Publications

Schiltz, H.K., McVey, A.J., Barrington, A., Haendel, A.D., Dolan, B.K., Willar, K.S., Pleiss, S., Karst,
J.S., Vogt, E., Murphy, C.C., Gonring, K., & Van Hecke, A.V. (2018). Behavioral
inhibition and activation as a modifier process in autism spectrum disorder:
Examination of self-reported BIS/BAS and alpha EEG asymmetry. Autism Research: DOI: 10.1002/aur.2016

McVey, A.J., Schiltz, H., Haendel, A., Dolan, B., Willar, K., Pleiss, S., Karst, J., Carlson, M.,
Krueger, W., Murphy, C.C., Casnar, C., Yund, B., & Van Hecke, A. (2018). Social difficulties in youth with autism with and without anxiety and ADHD symptoms. Autism Research, 11(12), pp.1679-1689.

Schiltz, H., McVey, A., Magnus, B., Dolan, B., Willar, K., Pleiss, S., Karst, J., Carson, A.,
Vogt, E., & Van Hecke, A. (2017). Examining the links between challenging behaviors in youth with ASD and parental stress, mental health, and involvement: Applying an adaptation of the family stress model to families of youth with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3446-0

Johnson, N., Salowitz, N., Van Abel, M., Dolan, B., Van Hecke, A., & Ahamed, S. (2017).
Autism and research using magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Radiology Nursing,
doi:10.1016/j.jradnu.2017.08.005.

Schiltz, H., McVey, A., Dolan, B., Willar, K., Pleiss, S., Karst, J., Carson, A., Caiozzo, C.,
Vogt, E., Potts, S., Young, B., & Van Hecke, A.V. (2017). Changes in depressive symptoms among adolescents with ASD completing the PEERS® social skills intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3396-6

South, M., Rodgers, J., & Van Hecke, A.V. (2017). Anxiety and ASD: Current progress and
ongoing challenges. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3322-y.

Magiati, I., Lerh, J. W., Hollocks, M., Uljarevic, M., Rodgers, J., McConachie, H., Ozsivadjian,
A., South, M., Van Hecke, A., Hardan, A., Libove, R., Leekam, S., & Simonoff, E. (2017). The measurement properties of the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale- Parent version in a large international pooled sample of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 10 (10), 1629-1652. doi: 10.1002/aur.1809

McVey, A. J., Schiltz, H., Haendel, A., Dolan, B. K., Willar, K. S., Pleiss, S., Karst, J. S.,
Carson, A.M., Caiozzo, C., Vogt, E., Vaughan Van Hecke, A. (2017). Does gender
matter in intervention for ASD?: Examining the impact of the PEERS® social skills
intervention on social behavior among females with ASD. Journal of Autism
and Developmental Disorders, 47, 2282-2289. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3121-5.

McVey, A. J., Dolan, B. K., Willar, K. S., Pleiss, S., Karst, J. S., Casnar, C. L., Caiozzo, C.,
Vogt, E. M., Gordon, N. S., Vaughan Van Hecke, A. (2016). A replication and
extension of the PEERS® for Young Adults intervention: Examining effects on social
skills and social anxiety in young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (12), 3739-3754. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2911-5.

Dolan, B., Stevens, S., Carson, A.M., Karst, J., Schohl, K., Linneman, N., Hummel, E., &
Vaughan Van Hecke, A. (2016). Brief Report: Assessment of Intervention Effects on In Vivo Peer Interactions in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2251-2259.

Johnson, N. & Van Hecke, A. (2015). Increasing autism awareness in inner-city churches: a brief report. The Journal of Pediatric Nursing. DOI:10.1016/j.pedn.2015.04.008

Karst, J., Vaughan Van Hecke, A., Carson, A., Stevens, S., Schohl, K., & Dolan, B. (2015). Parent and family outcomes of PEERS: A social skills intervention for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 752-765. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2231-6

Vaughan Van Hecke, A., Stevens, S., Carson, A.M., Dolan, B., Karst, J., Schohl, K.,
McKindles, R., Remmel, R., & Brockman, S. (2015). Measuring the plasticity of social
approach: A randomized controlled trial of the effects of the PEERS intervention on EEG
asymmetry in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 316-335. DOI 10.1007/s10803-013-1883-y

Salowitz, N.M.G., Dolan, B., Remmel, R., Vaughan Van Hecke, A., Mosier, K., Simo, L., &
Scheidt, R. (2014). Simultaneous robotic manipulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging: Feasibility in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, 12(2), 67-73.

Belkofer, C., Vaughan Van Hecke, A., & Konopka, L. (2014). Effects of drawing on alpha activity: A Quantitative EEG study with implications for art therapy. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 31(2), 61-68.

Carson, A.M., Gregor, N., Scheidt, R., & Vaughan Van Hecke, A. (2014). EEG Coherence in
children with and without autism spectrum disorders: Decreased inter-hemispheric connectivity in autism. Autism Research, 7, 334-343.

Schohl, K., Karst, J., Dolan, B., Stevens, S., Carson, A.M., & Vaughan Van Hecke, A.
(2014). A replication and extension of the PEERS intervention: Examining effects on
social skills and social anxiety in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of
Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 532-545. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1900-1

Salowitz, N., Karst, J., Meyer, A., Schohl, K., Stevens, S., Vaughan Van Hecke, A., &
Scheidt, R. (2012). Visuo-spatial guidance of movement during gesture imitation and
mirror drawing in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1631-8

Karst, J., & Vaughan Van Hecke, A. (2012). Parent and family impact of autism spectrum disorders: A review and proposed model for intervention evaluation. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, DOI: 10.1007/s10567-012-0119-6

 

Resources & Apps

Autism: Healthcare Here We Go! (iOS app)