The Eunice Kennedy
Shriver Center


Mealtime Experiences Study

The Mealtime Experiences research study is being conducted at the E.K. Shriver Center at UMass Medical School. The purpose of the study is to learn directly from young adults (18-23 yrs.)  on the autism spectrum who have food selective behaviors (i.e., dislike a lot of foods or eat fewer foods than most people their age), about whether and how their food preferences impact their mealtime experiences with family, peers, and/or community access.


Participants must be their own guardian, be able to fill out an online questionnaire independently, and be able to give detailed descriptions of their experiences in during an interview. The interview and questionnaire are done online. No travel is required. The study was developed with input from an individual on the autism spectrum, several family members, and clinicians who work with people on the autism spectrum.


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