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Behavioral Intervention

Autism-adapted Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Waitlist Available
Led By Jessica M Schwartzman, PhD
Research Sponsored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
10 to 17 years of age (middle or high school)
Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up baseline to 6 months
Awards & highlights
No Placebo-Only Group

Study Summary

This trial found that an autism-adapted group cognitive-behavioral treatment was feasible and acceptable for autistic adolescents, and had preliminary efficacy in treating depression.

Eligible Conditions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
You are in middle or high school and between 10 to 17 years old.
You have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
You must have good thinking and reasoning abilities.
You can commit to attending study visits and participating in weekly group sessions.
You are under 18 years old.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~baseline to 6 months
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and baseline to 6 months for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Severity of adolescent depressive symptoms, parent-report
Severity of adolescent depressive symptoms, self-report

Awards & Highlights

No Placebo-Only Group
All patients enrolled in this study will receive some form of active treatment.

Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Autism-adapted Group Cognitive Behavioral TherapyExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Autistic adolescents (11-17 years old; middle and high school) with depression will participate in a 12-week group intervention, autism-adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to increase perception and understanding of self and to decrease the severity of depressive symptoms.
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Autism-adapted Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Vanderbilt University Medical CenterLead Sponsor
844 Previous Clinical Trials
668,514 Total Patients Enrolled
15 Trials studying Autism Spectrum Disorder
2,486 Patients Enrolled for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Jessica M Schwartzman, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorVanderbilt University Medical Center

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

To what extent are individuals qualified to take part in this medical trial?

"This medical trial seeks 32 individuals aged 11 to 17 that are struggling with suicidal thoughts and meet the following criteria: educational level between middle or high school, diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, higher than average intelligence, willingness to attend sessions at study sites regularly as well as engage in weekly group intervention."

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Are there any available opportunities for participants in this experiment?

"Affirmative. Clinicaltrials.gov documents this clinical trial is currently open for enrollment, with its initial posting on 21 July 2021 and most recent amendment occurring 17 June 2022. This research seeks 32 test subjects from a single site."

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Are adolescents within the age range of 18 to 30 accepted for this clinical investigation?

"This research project aims to enroll patients in the 11-17 age range."

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How many individuals are enrolled in this medical investigation?

"Yes, clinicaltrials.gov suggests that this medical experiment is currently recruiting subjects. This trial was initially posted on July 21st 2021 and recently modified in June 17th 2022. 32 patients are required for the research to be conducted at a single site."

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~7 spots leftby Feb 2025