Caregiver Online Autism Coaching at Home (COACH)

Supporting Families in Understanding and Navigating Challenging Behaviors

Welcome to the COACH study!

Stanford University and Behavior Change Institute are conducting an exciting new
research study comparing methods of parent coaching to help promote your child's
communication and navigate challenging behaviors.

We are looking for families of children with autism ages 3 years to 7 years 11 months
who live in the counties in New Mexico and Texas represented on the map below.

Who Can Participate?

  • Children with autism who show challenging behavior
  • Children who are ages 3 years to 7 years, 11 months
  • Caregivers comfortable speaking and reading in English
  • Families who live in the counties in New Mexico and Texas represented on the map.

What Does Participation Involve? 

  • Completing behavioral questionnaires
  • Assessment of your child's behavior
  • Random assignment to one of three parent coaching groups
  • Parent coaching in 1-hour weekly sessions over 12 weeks

What Are The Benefits of Participating?

  • Improved knowledge about why your child is engaging in challenging behavior
  • Potential decrease in your child's challenging behavior
  • Potential increase in your child's communication skills

Study Information

Screening will be conducted online and then by phone. If you do not qualify to participate, we will send you a list of autism resources in your area. Participation in this research study is open to individuals with or without health insurance. If you have insurance, the study will pay for any out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays or deductibles. Screening and recruitment will be conducted in New Mexico and Texas by personnel at Stanford University. Interventions will be conducted by Behavior Change Institute.

If you enroll, you will be coached to conduct a behavioral assessment of your child's challenging behavior to help us understand why your child is engaging in this behavior. You will then be randomly assigned to one of three parent coaching groups and receive weekly 1-hour coaching sessions over 12 consecutive weeks to help promote your child's communication and navigate your child's challenging behaviors.

Please complete the following survey to determine your child's eligibility. If eligible, a study coordinator will contact you to provide more information about the study. Thank you for considering taking part in our study!

For more information please contact us at:

Meet the Coach team!

Scott S. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Translational Applied Behavior Analysis Laboratory

Joy Pollard, PhD, BACB-D
Adjunct Faculty


Leslie Quiroz, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Research Coordinator


Jennifer Boyd, BCBA


Research Stakeholder Board

This study is a result of a collaboration with parent stakeholders, clinician stakeholders and payer stakeholders who have helped us every step of the way. Meet our Stakeholder Board below:

Cierra Perea, MSC, BSHS
Caregiver Stakeholder

Galadriel Currin, BLA
Caregiver Stakeholder

Dale Henneke, PhD
Caregiver Stakeholder

Keegan M.
Caregiver Stakeholder

Mónica Pena
Caregiver Stakeholder

Lorri Unumb, JD
Policy Stakeholder

Linda LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D
Researcher Stakeholder

Tiffany Hodges, PsyD, BCBA-D
Payer Stakeholder

Katherine Wooten, LCSW, BCBA, CCM
Payer Stakeholder

Ruby Mannankara- Cabrera, MS, BCBA, LBA (TX)
Clinician Stakeholder

Sylvia J Acosta, PhD
Clinician Stakeholder

How Are We Funded?

This study is being funded by a Clinical Trial Award from the U.S. Department of Defense (Award number: W81XWH2210321)