Autism Research

SARRC’s research program brings together scientists, research methods, and stakeholders to gain a better understanding of possible causes of autism, identify better treatments, and educate others about how to improve the quality of life for those impacted by ASD and their families.

Our Main Initiatives

SARRC's research department engages in critical research designed to:

  • Improve early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Develop early and reliable diagnostic methods 
  • Improve treatments for ASD, both behavioral and pharmaceutical

Who we are 

We are a team working to identify the best, evidence-based practices for ASD screening, diagnosis, and intervention, but we cannot do it alone. This work would not be possible without the participation and support from families and individuals affected by ASD, the true stakeholders of this work. 

SARRC is often one of the top sites for recruiting participants for large-scale clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of ASD treatments. While not officially affiliated with any university medical center, we actively collaborate on research projects with well-respected local, national and international organizations. View our research partners » 

SARRC’s Commitment to Evidence-Based Practice  

We strive to identify pharmaceutical and behavioral interventions that are supported by strong scientific evidence and are informed by the needs, preferences and values of the community that we serve. Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (EBP) is the meeting point among evidence, individual physician’s clinical expertise, and patients’ preferences

Our Research

SARRC's Research Department conducts a variety of behavioral and pharmaceutical studies for toddlers, adolescents, and adults with ASD. These studies are designed to advance autism research that may help individuals with autism and their families in the future. We often have active studies for individuals with a range of other diagnoses (e.g. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Fragile-X Syndrome (FXS), Angelman Syndrome (AS)). To learn more about research participation, and our various projects, visit our Research FAQs page » 

Active Studies

We are committed to identifying best practices for ASD screening, diagnosis and intervention, but we cannot do it alone. We look to individuals across the lifespan impacted by autism and their families to participate in our current research projects. View current studies at SARRC »