Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)


Maureen Durkin, PhD, DrPH, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) is the largest epidemiological study on autism and developmental delays. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as part of the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network (CADDRE), SEED will help researchers better understand the health and behavior of young children with autism and offer clues to the causes of autism. The study seeks to enroll biological mothers of children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old, from within a 20-county catchment area. UWSC is responsible for screening and enrolling participants, conducting maternal interviews by phone, and administering questionnaires about the child’s development and the family’s health. Some families will also participate in a clinic visit where they will receive a developmental assessment of their child.


Vicki Lein, Griselle Sanchez, Ciara Bridges


October 2017 – December 2020