Gretchen Peacock, PhD, and graduate student Kendra McPherson in the Department of
Psychology at Utah State University are conducting a research study to find out what services are being provided to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in U.S. public schools. You have been asked to participate in this study because you are a current, practicing school psychologist. There will be approximately 200-300 total school psychologists who participate in this study.
If you agree to participate in this study, you will complete a survey through an online survey
system. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The main part of the survey contains a list of services for children with ASD and asks you to indicate whether or not the service is provided at your schools, which professionals provide the service, and whether families are involved in the process. The survey also includes demographic questions about yourself and the school in which you work.
Participation in this study involves minimal risk. You may experience confusion about whether or not a particular service is provided in your school, or what exactly a certain service looks like. There is a very small risk of loss of confidentiality, but we will take steps to reduce that by not collecting personal information on the survey and protecting the data as described below.
Although you may not benefit directly from this study, information gained in this process may allow researchers and practitioners to know what services are most commonly being provided to children with ASD. This may lead to better training for school psychologists and other professionals.
Explanation and Offer to Answer Questions
If you have any questions or concerns about this research you may contact Dr. Peacock at (435)797-0721, email@example.com, or Kendra McPherson at (801) 647-3616,