Research

Research at the UCLA PEERS® Clinic is both ongoing and exciting! Publications in pivotal journals of the evidence supporting the PEERS® for Adolescents and PEERS® for Young Adults interventions can be found at the bottom of this page. For more information on these publications, please contact us at 310-26-PEERS or peersclinic@ucla.edu.

Research Collaborations

California Institute of TechnologyDr. Ralph Adolph's lab at Cal Tech is currently conducting innovative and exciting research on Autism Spectrum Disorder with a variety of studies open to participation. One of these studies investigates changes in the social brain after participation in the PEERS® intervention. For more information regarding these studies and how to participate, please see the flyer (file below) or contact research@caltech.edu or 626-395-4868. 

Marquette University: Researchers at Marquette University in Wisconsin, under the direction of Dr. Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, conduct research on the changes observed in EEG readings of the social brain as a result of the PEERS® intervention. For more information regarding research conducted at Marquette University, please contact amy.vanhecke@marquette.edu.

Virginia Tech University: Researchers at the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Angela Scarpaare conducting research on the PEERS® intervention with adolescents, young adults, and preschoolers. For more information about PEERS® research at Virginia Tech, please contact autism@vt.edu. 

Seoul National University South Korea: Dr. Hee Jeong Yoo in the department of psychiatry at Seoul National University has translated and cross-culturally validated the PEERS® intervention in South Korea, and has published the first translated version of the PEERS® manual in Korean. For more information about PEERS® research in South Korea, please contact hiyoo@snu.ac.kr. 

Bar Ilan University Israel: Dr. Ofer Golan in the department of psychology at Bar Ilan University is conducting cross-cultural validation research on the PEERS® interventions for adolescents, young adults, and preschoolers in Israel. For more information about PEERS®  research in Israel, please contact ofer.golan@biu.ac.il

Erasmus MC and Yulius: After translating and culturally adapting the PEERS® program for the Dutch population, researchers at Erasmus University Medical Center in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry and Yulius Academie are now conducting a randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and to establish the evidence-base for the Dutch PEERS® intervention. The researchers will be conducting the randomized controlled trial using an active control condition, ROAD (puberty psycho-educational intervention). In addition to PEERS®, Erasmus MC and Yulius also conduct research on various interventions that focus on optimizing care throughout the lifespan for individuals with ASD. For more information about PEERS® research in the Netherlands, please contact the Project Leader, Dr. Kirstin Greaves-Lord, at k.greaves-lord@erasmusmc.nl.

Shanghai Jiaotong University:
Researchers at Shanghai Jiaotong University, under the direction of Dr. Yasong Du, conducted a randomized controlled trial to culturally validate and to establish the efficacy of the Mandarin version of the PEERS® for Adolescents (Parent-Assisted) intervention. For more information regarding research conducted at Shanghai Jiaotong University, please contact yasongdu@163.com.

UC Riverside: Under the direction of Dr. Jan Blacher and Dr. Katherine Stavropoulos, researchers at the University of California Riverside's SEARCH Family Autism Center will be implementing PEERS with middle-school teens with Spanish-speaking parents. Since PEERS has never been offered before in the Inland Empire for Spanish-speaking parents, the study will begin with a focus group with potential parents to understand how the program should be culturally adapted in order to maximize accessibility for families. The study will investigate the impact of PEERS on teens and their parents, as well as changes in the social brain after participation in PEERS. For more information regarding PEERS at UCR or to participate in the focus group (in the summer/fall of 2018), please see the flyers below, visit http://searchcenter.ucr.edu, or contact searchcenter@ucr.edu or 951-827-3849. SEARCH staff are fluent in both English and Spanish.
 
Information on research collaborations and projects completed by members of Team PEERS® can be viewed on our Facebook page. Please show your support for the UCLA PEERS® Clinic research by "liking" our page.  

Research Publications on PEERS®

Research on PEERS® for Adolescents 
 
Research on School-Based PEERS® for Adolescents 

Research on PEERS® for Young Adults  

Research Posters on PEERS®

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