University of California, Riverside


Research Highlights

 SEARCH highlights current research in autism:


Current Research:

 PEERS for Teens Social Skills Groups - Focus Groups 

SEARCH is recruiting families to participate in a one-time focus groups - in English and Spanish - that will help us provide more information to start the PEERS social skills group in the Inland Empire. Participants will provide opinions on the practicality of participating in a weekly social skills group for teens through brief questionnaires and a small group discussion. 

All participants will be compensated $25 for the 90-minute visit. Participating families also have the opportunity to sign up for PEERS social skills groups beginning in Fall 2018, pending eligibility and appropriateness of fit for the adolescent. 

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact SEARCH at (951) 827-3849 or SEARCH Staff are fluent in both English and Spanish. 



 EEG Study for Children with Autism 

Seeking high-functioning children with autism (3-11 years of age) to participate in a research study on how children are motivated. Participation consists of 1-2 sessions, for a total of about 1.5-2 hours. During these sessions, children will be given assessments of cognitive functioning, as well as interact with a researcher and watch pictures of objects and faces. We will record children's brain response to pictures of the face and object. 

Participants will receive $10 per hour. If you're interested, please contact us at (951) 827-3849. 


Past Research:

 Smooth Sailing Study

Under the direction of Dr. Jan Blacher, Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the SEARCH center is currently analyzing data from  children diagnosed with Autism or ASD between the ages of 4-7 years old. The goal of the study is to identify factors that contribute to positive school experiences in early schooling for children on the spectrum. 

Smooth Sailing Newsletter


 Autism 101 Study

The SEARCH Center is currently recruiting participants for the Autism 101 Study. The purpose of the study is to better understand the college experiences of students with autism spectrum disorder. Participants must have an official diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; be currently attending or recently graduated from a four-year college; or attending a graduate program.Participation involves an interview of no longer than 45 minutes, and all participants are compensated $50 for their time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sasha Zeedyk, Study Coordinator, at (951) 827-3849 or via email at 





More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

1365 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3849