Marquette Autism Project (MAP)


Dr. Amy Vaughan Van Hecke
Marquette University
Department of Psychology

Cramer Hall, 359
604 N. 16th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (414) 288-4438
Fax: (414) 288-5333

What is The Infant/Toddler Study?

We are interested in assessing whether social behavior and control of heart rate are related in typically developing toddlers between the ages of 18- and 36-months.

The study is currently being conducted at the Marquette Krueger Childcare Center, the Highland School, and at Marquette University, Department of Psychology.  You and your child may participate if you are affiliated with the Krueger Center, the Highland school, or if you are willing and able to come to our research laboratory at Marquette University to participate.

Who can participate?

Currently, children, ages 18-months to 36 months, that have not been diagnosed with developmental, genetic, hereditary, or physiological disorders, are invited to participate.

How long does the study last?

Parents will be asked to complete and return several questionnaires about their child and family characteristics. The child-centered portion of the study will last about 30 minutes, and will take place as a part of your child’s regular attendance schedule at Krueger or Highland, or during your visit to our laboratory at Marquette.  Parents will not need to accompany their child to these assessments if your participation is at Krueger or Highland, as a familiar staff member from the school will accompany your child at all times.  A parent or guardian is required to attend with their child if participation occurs at Marquette. Children will participate in two play-based assessments, where they will interact and play with a research team member and toys, while being videotaped. For a portion of these assessments, the child’s heart rate will also be measured, using standard equipment similar to that of a doctor’s office.  No sedation or medical intervention will be used. Parents of children affiliated with Krueger or Highland schools will be reimbursed with a $30 gift-card for their time, and children will receive a small toy. Parents participating at our laboratory at Marquette will be given a $40 gift-card, will be provided with free parking, and children will receive a small toy.

What are the benefits?

The study will allow you to contribute to the understanding of how social behavior and control of heart rate are related.  This knowledge will help us better understand the social behavior development of children with developmental disorders.

Who do I contact?

For more information, please fill out the contact form below, or call the Marquette Autism Project at 414-288-4438.  Please mention that you are interested in the Infant/Toddler study.



Contact the Marquette Autism Clinic

If you are interested in receiving an evaluation or have further questions about our services, please contact the Marquette Autism Clinic at (414) 288-4438, or contact us on our online form. We will reply to your request for information within two weeks.