Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Sleep in Adolescents and Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014

Principal Investigator: Suzanne Goldman, Ph.D., FNP, BC


This research project will study sleep behaviors in adolescents and young adults with autism and determine how sleep may be associated with daytime behavior. We offer a research evaluation to confirm the ASD diagnosis.

We will ask the adolescent/young adult to:

  • Fill out survey forms before the study visit.
  • Cooperate with a psychological and sleep evaluation
  • Wear a watch for four weeks that measures activity and sleep
  • Keep a simple diary of wake and sleep times for 28 days
  • Collect saliva samples for up to eight nights and four mornings

We will ask the parent of the adolescent/young adult to:

  • Fill out survey forms before the study visit
  • Assist their adolescent/young adult with study procedures

Study supported by Autism Speaks and the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Transitional Research

Participant Criteria

Adolescents/young adults post-puberty ages 11-30 years who are on the autism spectrum but do not have seizures or an identified genetic conditions (Fragile X)


up to $200 for study completion and a copy of psychological report

Visit Requirements

One day-long visit


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Contact Information

Debbie Wofford
(615) 936-2004

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