Kochel Lab for Clinical Autism Research


New Studies Now Enrolling!


Our lab has several new studies that are now enrolling participants. Visit the "Research Projects" section of our site to see what's happening!

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SPARK Answers for Autism


If you or your child has a diagnosis of autism, we invite you to learn more about SPARK for Autism, the nation's largest ever autism research study.

Participation can be completed entirely online and from home.

Learn more about SPARK

Join Research PALs to Stay Informed!


We are seeking families and individuals interested in learning about opportunities to participate in autism research. To see if you, your child, or your family might qualify for one of our currently enrolling studies or future studies, please fill out the Research Participation Awareness List (PALs) Form.

Join Research PALs

Meet Our Team


Our research team works together on a number of projects and represents a variety of experiences and research interests.

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Why should I participate in autism research?


At Baylor and Texas Children’s, research is an important part of clinical care and an essential part of our overall mission. Here are six reasons why you should consider joining a research study.

  1. Discover opportunities that could lead to additional benefits, such as access to services, educational programming, or community resources.
  2. Gain access to information that may inform your child’s medical care or therapies.
  3. Feel good about contributing to science in ways that will make the experience of autism easier for those following in your footsteps.
  4. Help researchers explore ways to detect autism earlier so that helpful interventions can be started sooner.
  5. Support studies that could help to promote better outcomes for individuals with autism of all ages.
  6. Contribute to the discovery of currently unknown causes of autism.

View Currently Enrolling Projects


Stay Informed by Joining Research PALs


The best way to stay up-to-date about current and future autism research studies in our lab is to join the Research Participation Awareness List (PALs).


Kochel Lab


8080 N. Stadium Drive
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77054
Email: ASDresearch@bcm.edu


Donate Today!


Support our research to help power important questions and better understand autism. When completing the form, mark your gift designation as “Other” and type in “Dr. Robin Kochel's Lab” in the text box to earmark your donation for Dr. Kochel’s projects.

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