CoCoA Study

Through the CoCoA study, we hope to gain a better understanding of cognitive functioning during a particularly important time in an individual’s life – the time between adolescence and the transition to adulthood. We are interested in learning more about the brain functioning and behavior of adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) when they think and learn.


We are recruiting both boys and girls between the ages of 12-27:

1. Have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or

2. PDD-NOS, or

3. Are typically developing

What does participation involve?

You and your child will be asked to visit the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Imaging Research Center (IRC) for multiple visits over a 5 year period for 2-3 hours.

What else can I expect?

1. An image of your child’s brain

2. A brief letter that includes behavioral and related assessment results, including an IQ assessment

3. $100 gift card per visit