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Research Program on Autism Spectrum Disorders


This program supports research designed to elucidate the characterization, pathophysiology, treatment, and outcomes of autism and related disorders. Of particular interest are studies that will lead to enhanced phenotyping, a better understanding of mechanisms and underlying neurobiology, validated measures for use as stratification tools or to assess outcomes in response to treatment, and novel treatments and intervention strategies.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Studies of brain mechanisms underlying the development of autism and related disorders
  • Studies identifying risk factors for autism and related disorders
  • The development of new tools for use in screening, stratification and/or measuring outcome in response to intervention
  • Studies of the developmental course of autism across the life-span
  • Development of novel treatments and interventions, including identification of mechanisms of action and predictors of response to treatment


Lisa Gilotty, Ph.D.
Program Chief
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7221

Frank Avenilla, Ph.D.
Program Analyst for Autism Research
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7105