Dr. Amy Drahota runs the Autism Community Treatments Lab (ACT Lab) through the Clinical Psychology and Ecological-Community Psychology programs. Current ACT Lab research spans from intervention development to implementation of established evidence-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The overall goal of the ACT Lab is to improve the lives of individuals with mental and behavioral health needs, and is especially focused on the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Drahota’s current research focuses on developing and pilot testing the Autism Community Toolkit: Systems to Measure and Adopt Research-Based Treatment ( ACT SMART). The ACT SMART Toolkit is an evidence-informed, comprehensive implementation strategy designed to assist ASD community-based agencies successfully implement evidence-based practices.
Additionally, Dr. Drahota is a collaborative partner working to better understand the intervention practices used in usual care settings providing services to youth with ASD. This multi-site collaboration is evaluating services across six sites in the United States and will inform the dissemination and current implementation of evidence-based practices for ASD.
Finally, Dr. Drahota has been developing and testing a parent-only group intervention for weight-loss in youth with autism. This study will primarily test the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of the intervention, and secondarily test the intervention’s effect on weight-loss in children with autism (age 5-13 years) who are overweight or obese.
Clinical & Teaching Focus:
Dr. Drahota’s ACT Lab strives to develop knowledge and skills, confidence, independence, and productivity of undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows in the lab by supporting individualized growth. Students and fellows are encouraged to develop independent projects and interests that will provide career development opportunities.
- Introductory Psychology (PSY 101)