Department of Psychology
Cramer Hall, 317
604 N. 16th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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What is MAP? The Marquette Autism Project (MAP) is a multi-faceted research program dedicated to understanding the social and neural development of children with and without autism. Several studies are currently being conducted as part of MAP. These include:
The Marquette PEERS Study
This study aims to understand how preschoolers, teenagers, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their parents are affected by social skills therapy, the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS. PEERS is an evidence-based, manualized, 14-week (16 weeks for preschoolers and young adults), outpatient treatment program developed at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Van Hecke is certified by UCLA to provide the PEERS program at Marquette University. PEERS study groups usually begin every January and August (subject to staffing capabilities), and are provided at no charge to research participants.
The study invites preschoolers aged 4-7, teens aged 11-16, and young adults aged 18-28, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and a parent or guardian to participate. Preschoolers, teens, and young adults need to speak English competently, using full sentences, to derive the best benefit from the program. Parents and preschoolers/teens/young adults will participate in an intake session where eligibility will be determined. Due to limited group size, some preschoolers/teens/young adults may be placed on a waiting list for inclusion in the next PEERS group.
For more information or to schedule an intake, please call the Marquette Autism Project at (414) 288-4438, extension 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please mention that you are interested in the PEERS study for Preschoolers, Teens, or Young Adults.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Cramer Hall, 3rd floor
604 N. 16th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 288-4438
Fax: (414) 288-5333