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Northeastern University, Department of Health Sciences

Name of Investigators:
Matthew S. Goodwin, PhD, Principal Investigator      
Jillian Sullivan, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Rick Palumbo, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Oliver Wilder-Smith, Doctoral Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Rosalind Picard, SciD, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab
Kristina Johnson, Doctoral Student at MIT
Parent-child biobehavioral synchrony in autism and in typical development: the enTRAIN study

Eligibility Survey
We would like to invite you to participate in a web-based online survey to determine whether you are eligible to take part in a research study conducted by the Computational Behavioral Science (CBS) Lab at Northeastern University in Boston. This research study investigates how social-emotional behaviors develop in children by looking at how people interact together, in a system, rather than by themselves. This screener survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.
We are asking you to complete this survey because you are the parent of a typically developing child or a child with an autism spectrum disorder aged 2-5 years old. You must be at least 18 years old to take this survey.
The decision to participate in this screening survey is voluntary and even if you are eligible you are not obligated to participate in the study. Even if you begin the web-based online survey, you can stop at any time.
There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to you for taking part in this screening questionnaire. You will not be paid for completing this screener survey; if you are chosen to participate in the full research study you will be compensated for your help with that study.
Your survey answers will be handled in a confidential manner and if are not chosen to take part in the research study or if you decide not to participate, your information will be destroyed.
If you have any questions regarding electronic privacy, please feel free to contact Mark Nardone, NU’s Director of Information Security via phone at 617-373-7901, or via email at
If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Jillian Sullivan at, the person mainly responsible for the research. You can also contact Matthew Goodwin, the Principal Investigator, at
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact Nan C. Regina, Director, Human Subject Research Protection, 490 Renaissance Park, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115. Tel: 617.373.4588, Email: You may call anonymously if you wish.
This study has been reviewed and approved by the Northeastern University Institutional Review Board (# 16-02-35).
By clicking the “I accept” button below you are indicating that you consent to participate in this screening portion of the research study. Please print out a copy of this consent form for your records.