Examining Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Extreme Eating Behaviors in Young Children with ASD

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Challenging eating behaviors are common in children with autism and these are associated with serious health issues (e.g., obesity, malnutrition); however, we have yet to understand what factors drive these behaviors.  This study seeks to examine cognitive mechanisms of eating behavior in children with autism. By understanding underlying cognitive mechanisms of eating behavior, we can move toward developing stronger treatment approaches to improve the health and well-being of children with autism and their families.

Project details

  • Primary Investigator: Anna Wallisch

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Brian Boyd

  • Project start Date: 12/01/2019

  • Project finish Date: 10/30/2022



  • National Institutes of Health

  • Award Number: F32HD101311