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Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go

Study participants will complete approximately 30-90 minutes of internet based questionnaires and tasks. The timing will depend on your preferred pacing. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR

Canisius in the News

President John J. Hurley was quoted in The National Catholic Reporter in its April 25 edition, about the Movement to Restore Trust and its recent recommendations for Bishop Richard Malone on how the Buffalo Diocese can address the ongoing sex abuse crisis.

Click here to read the story, entitled “Buffalo Bishop, Lay Reform Group Agree on Proposals to Address Abuse.”

WBEN-930 AM interviewed Political Science Professor Robert Klump on its morning program Thursday, April 25. Klump provided insight about Joe Biden enter the 2020 race for president.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Congratulations Canisius CFA Team!

Pictured (l-r): Alexandra Pfeifer ’19 (team captain), Michael Maiorana ’19, Jennifer Keefer ’19 and Allison Jennings ’19

Canisius was one of only five universities, worldwide, to advance to the Global Finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge held in New York City on Thursday, April 25. The Canisius team competed against Ateneo de Manila University, Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico, Moscow University and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.  Ateneo de Manila University, our Jesuit partner in the Philippines, won the global competition.

The Canisius team was comprised of Alexandra Pfeifer ’19 (captain), Allison Jennings ’19, Jennifer Keefer ’19 and Mike Maiorana ’19. The team competed against 1,100 universities from approximately 90 countries to secure a spot at the Global Finals.

This marks the second time that Canisius competed in the CFA Global Finals.  In 2015, a five person team from Canisius beat teams from 865 universities in 70 countries to take home the CFA World Championship. 

Click here to read more about the CFA Challenge and the amazing accomplishments of the Canisius team.

Submitted by: College Communications