How do parents decide which therapy options to pursue?

Parents needed for new research
project studying how they choose

A professor at the University of Michigan-Flint seeks parents or primary caregivers of children with autism to participate in a new research project studying the way parents make therapy decisions.

“The purpose of the study is to contribute to the understanding of the deliberation processes of parents when selecting among the large number of therapy options available for their child,” said Dr. Jami L. Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics at the University of Michigan-Flint. “I am hoping to help bring understanding to the level of confidence parents have in their own choices, as well as their level of satisfaction in the options available to them.”

Dr. Anderson is conducting her project, Parental Therapy Preferences, through the Office of Research at the University of Michigan-Flint. Participants will fill out a brief demographics questionnaire and then meet with  Dr. Anderson for an interview. The interview may last up to 45 minutes. Participants will receive a copy of the audio recording and/or written transcript of their interview.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact Dr. Anderson by email at

“I am reaching out to anyone who has a child or is the primary caretaker of someone who has been diagnosed with autism,” said Dr. Anderson.