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RADD Lab Research Funding

The RADD Lab is a research lab at Michigan State University that is dedicated to issues related to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. RADD stands for - Research in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The lab is directed by Sarah N. Douglas, PhD - and Assistant Professor in Human Family Studies Department. Our work within the RADD Lab is focused on supporting children with disabilities, their family members, and their educational teams.

The RADD Lab includes graduate students and undergraduate research assistants who support our work. We have conducted projects related to family functioning and support, peer relationships, children's communication and functioning, paraeducator support in schools, and professional development for educators. Our work is primarily within applied settings such as community settings, classrooms, and the homes of families. Lab members are focused on publishing and presenting their work in academic, practitioner, and media platforms. With all of our projects we strive to conduct research that is applicable, useful, and directly impacts the lives of children with disabilities.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

Funds donated to this project will be used to support pilot study research within the RADD lab that is necessary to obtain larger scale funding. Current projects that might be funded to support these efforts include communication partner training programs, paraeducator training/supervision research, social interaction research for children with ASD, sexuality education for individuals with ASD and intellectual disabilities, inclusive educational supports for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities, and health care supports for families of children with ASD and developmental disabilities.

Project Budget

Funds for this project will go to support:

  • Graduate Research Assistantships and Dissertation research funding
  • Undergraduate research assistant hourly wages for data collection, data coding, and data analysis
  • Travel expenses during collect data 
  • Technology purchases for projects (e.g., video cameras, sensor systems, etc)
  • Travel to present research findings and conferences
  • Participant incentives

Who We Are

Dr. Sarah N. Douglas, RADD Lab Director, Assistant Professor – Sarah’s research interests include: communication; social interaction; autism and developmental disabilities; paraeducators; training strategies for paraeducators, parents, and teachers.

Becca Kammes, Graduate Research Assistant/RADD Lab Manager - Becca’s research interest in autism and developmental disabilities include: the parent/caregiver role and their impact on overall family functioning; parent training and support; adolescence and transition to adulthood; sexuality and sexual abuse prevention in adolescents and adults with disabilities.

Sophia D’Agostino, Graduate Research Assistant - Sophia’s research interests include inclusive practices and support within early childhood for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Patty West, Graduate Research Assistant - Patty’s research interests include health care and nursing practices to support families of children with disabilities. 


Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 20OOPCF1RADDLAB” in the note section.