Research

At the Asante Centre, our practice is informed by up-to-date research to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex developmental needs.  In addition, we contribute to ongoing research efforts by maintaining a clinical database, participating in coordinated research program planning with community agencies and academic institutions, and conducting research studies. 
 
 

Sleep Study

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Knowledge Translation and Adopting Novel Technologies in the Field of ASD

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Consent Form for ASD Study      Invitation Letter for ASD Study

Success at Work Study

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Self Regulation Program Study

 
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Eye Movement and Brain Functioning Study

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Navigating Diagnosis and Systems: The Lived Experience of Individuals with FASD

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External Research Opportunities

Red Flagging Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) among Mental Health Specialists

Researchers:

Dr. Mansfield Mela MBBS, FWACP, MRC (PSYCH), MSC, FRCPC                                             Professor of Psychiatry,                                                                                                                                   Division of Forensic Psychiatry,                                                                                                                                     University of Saskatchewan Tel: 306-966-8230, mam865@mail.usask.ca   

Dr. Chibuike Chizea MBBS,                                                                                                                                                     MPHResearch Assistant,                                                                                                                                              Department of Psychiatry,                                                                                                                                          University of Saskatchewan Tel: 3062615579, Chibuike.Chizea@usask.ca

This survey is designed to help us identify and summarize into the domains of brain function, peculiar behaviors among those diagnosed with FASD. Further analysis of these domain specific behaviors will assist clinicians in identifying those who require further assessment.

Participation in this survey is voluntary, and you can decide not to participate at any time by closing your browser, or choose not to answer any questions you don’t feel comfortable with.  Survey responses will remain anonymous. Since the survey is anonymous, once it is submitted it cannot be removed. There are no known risks to participating in this survey.

This survey is hosted by Fluid Survey, a USA owned company, see the following for more information on Fluid Survey Data Privacy in Canada 

The link below will open a survey, just click or copy it into your browser. If you prefer to complete a hard copy please contact Dr. Chizea and a hard copy will be mailed to you. Completion of the survey should take about 15 minutes (Except clinic coordinators). 

https://fluidsurveys.usask.ca/s/redflaggingFASD/

This research project has been approved on ethical grounds by the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board.  Any questions regarding your rights as a participant may be addressed to that committee through the Research Ethics Office ethics.office@usask.ca (306) 966-2975. Out of town participants may call toll free (888) 966-2975

By completing and submitting this questionnaire, you’re free and informed consent is implied and indicates that you understand the above conditions of participation in this study.

 

The Strongest Families FASD Program

Researchers at Queen’s University are looking for participants for the “Strongest Families FASD Program”.  Please see below for more information from the researchers:

"We have developed an on-line parenting program based on the Strongest Families model (www.strongestfamilies.com) for families affected by FASD. The Strongest Families FASD program will be delivered to families in their own home, over the Internet and by telephone.  The program is designed to help parents/caregivers deal with challenging behaviours that are present in kids with FASD.  We are currently looking for families who have children aged 4-12 years, living in Canada, and have a FASD diagnosis to take part in our study.

If you would like additional information about the Strongest Families study, you can find it at this link: http://crfh.ca/index.php/research-programs/current-research/fasd/

Here are some specific details regarding this study. Strongest Families has developed programs to help parents with their children’s behaviour problems. Strongest Families Programs are done on-line with weekly telephone calls from a personal Coach. The Coach provides support to families, answers questions and guides parents as they learn skills.  Families do not have to travel to a centre to get help.

The purpose of this study is to see if a new Strongest Families program, made especially for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, works to help families deal with difficult behaviours.  200 parents/caregivers of children ages 4-12 years, with a FASD diagnosis and mild to moderate behaviour problems, who are living in Canada, will take part in this study.

The Strongest Families FASD intervention will be delivered over the Internet via a website using IRIS (Interactive Research and Intervention Software). Participants will enter information into IRIS to allow the intervention to be customized with the child’s name and specific behaviour problems.

The program is comprised of 11 sessions, each focusing on a different parenting strategy, delivered using easy to read text, instructional videos and audio clips. One Booster Session will be conducted 1 month after completion of Session 11. 

Participants will receive a package in the mail that includes additional program materials such as a Reward Chart, a Daily Strengths Chart, a Visual Schedule Template and Tryout Pages.

A trained non-professional Coach will schedule weekly telephone calls with caregivers to facilitate problem solving and provide support in acquiring parenting skills. The Strongest Families FASD program will be provided to the parent; there will be no contact with the child. Partners or spouses are encouraged to review the Strongest Families materials and to use Strongest Families skills.

Participants will be encouraged to complete the Strongest Families FASD program at a pace of one session per week. However, based on our extensive experience with similar program delivery, we anticipate that the program will take approximately 5 months to complete.

If you would like to enroll in the study, you can see if you are eligible by following this link: http://mystudies.ca/studies/fasd

For more information, please view our Recruitment Poster.

Or contact us at: FASDstdy@queensu.ca

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