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Welcome to our website on Sleep, Health, and Wellbeing!  

We are a Vanderbilt University Medical Center team dedicated to understanding more about sleep, health, and wellbeing in children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum. Please take a look at our current and future projects, learn more about our research team, and read past and present peer reviewed publications, presentations, and books.  

Setting and Pursuing Self-Determined Goals

We have developed a multimedia Toolkit to assist adults on the autism spectrum, and those who support them, in setting and pursuing self-determined goals. This work is supported by Dr. Keivan Stassun's Frist Center for Autism and Innovation and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Malow's work is also supported by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Michael Burry.


The Toolkit is available at no charge, in PDF form here

and as an interactive multimedia course, here

You will be prompted to register through the Kennedy Center Portal to access the course.


ECHO Telehealth Program For Medical Providers Caring for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

We are developing a novel training program for medical primary care providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) who care for adults on the autism spectrum.We are currently analyzing input received from primary care providers, along with adults on the autism spectrum and their parents, to plan our program which will start in November, 2020. This project is supported by the US Department of Defense. If you are a primary care provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant), we would love to tell you more about the program, which will begin enrollment this fall. 

For more information, please click here

At Home Sleep Toolkit for Parents of Children with Autism

We have completed enrollment on an entirely on-line sleep toolkit study for parents of children with autism. Parents view a Portal in which they can securely provide informed consent and surveys and receive interventions, all in their own homes.  Data is currently being analyzed and prepared for publication.

Behavioral Sleep Education in Communities

Our behavioral sleep education in communities study, funded by the American Sleep Medicine Foundation,  examines whether sleep education, provided to families by trained community therapists, makes a difference in child sleep, daytime behavior, and family functioning. Our manuscript has been submitted for publication and favorably reviewed. We are appreciative to all of the families, therapy practices, and pediatric practices that participated. 

Research Team Volunteers at the Autism Speaks Walk in Centennial Park

autism speaks walk 2015