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The Canisius College Departments of Kinesiology, Psychology, and the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) received a $72,044 federal grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS). The grant, from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, is a supplement to the recently funded Canisius Aging and Autism Study. The grant provides for the addition of assessment of objective markers of physical fitness to the ongoing research on aging and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Research will be conducted by study investigators Karl F. Kozlowski, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology and the exercise physiologist directing the physical fitness portion of the project;

Jonathan D. Rodgers, PhD, assistant professor of psychology;  Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, associate professor of psychology; James P. Donnelly, PhD, professor of counseling and human services; Christopher Lopata, PsyD; professor of teacher education and co-director of the IAR; and Marcus Thomeer, PhD, associate professor of teacher education and co-director of the IAR.

The community is encouraged to get involved in this important research. You do NOT need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. We hope to include individuals with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from minimal to high. We also welcome participation from adults of all ages though we are particularly interested in understanding autism in individuals age 65 and older.

To participate in this study please visit or call (716) 888-2513 to request a paper copy of the survey.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications