Online Developmental Screening Study | UC Davis MIND Institute

Online Developmental Screening Study

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  • The Online Developmental Screening Study tests new methods of autism screening.
  • We are comparing a new video screening measure to widely used paper-and-pencil autism questionnaires.
  • Parents complete screening measures online when their children are 6 to 36 months old.
  • Children who get scores over the screening cutoff are seen for an autism evaluation over telehealth.
  • Participation may help parents understand their child’s development and gain access to resources in the first 3 years of life.

Current Progress:

  • This study began in 2018 and will end in July 2024
  • We have enrolled over 2,000 children.
  • Families come from all over the United States, with the majority from California.
  • We have completed over 9,000 online screening sessions and 1,200 telehealth evaluations.
  • The average age of autism diagnosis in our study is 24 months. This is two years lower than the current national average.
  • Data analyses comparing the accuracy of screening measures will begin in 2024 after the last participants turn 3.

This study is no longer enrolling new participants. If you have any questions about this research study, please get in touch with us: or call our study coordinator, Rachel Ni at 916-703-0453.

You can also visit the Research Participant Registry to sign up for additional research studies at the UC Davis MIND Institute.