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Welcome to our website on Sleep, Health, and Wellbeing!  

We are a Vanderbilt University Medical Center team dedicated to understanding more about health and wellbeing in children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum.  One of our areas of focus is sleep.  Please take a look at our current and future projects, learn more about our research team, and read past and present peer reviewed publications, presentations, and books.  

Behavioral Sleep Education in Communities

We conducted a study, funded by the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, in more than 30 families of children with autism to examine whether sleep education, provided to families by trained therapists, makes a difference in child sleep, daytime behavior, and family functioning. Data are currently being analyzed from this study. We are seeking additional funding to reach more families.

Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Program for Adults with Autism - Update

We are currently analyzing data from the 31 adults on the autism spectrum who participated in Spectrum Pathways, an initiative focused on setting and pursuing self-determined goals. This initiative was supported by the Vanderbilt TIPs program




We are developing a multimedia Toolkit to assist adults on the autism spectrum, and those who support them, in setting and pursuing self-determined goals. This work is supported by Dr. Keivan Stassun's Frist Center for Autism and Innovation and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

P.I. Dr. Beth A. Malow and Ph.D. T A McDonald, along with research colleagues, educate Vanderbilt University student peers on how to actively listen, coach, engage, empower, empathize, encourage, and support each other and adults on the spectrum.  



Research Team Volunteers at the Autism Speaks Walk in Centennial Park

autism speaks walk 2015