Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR)


The STAR initiative, led by the Curry School in partnership with colleagues across the University, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training.

The newly developed Autism Research Core will support pan-university autism research by providing centralized project coordination, recruitment, and specialized testing by certified personnel.

A centralized Autism Data System will enable secure storage and sharing of autism data across clinics and programs, helping to monitor progress and outcomes. The system will also provide access to resources and supports for families and professionals – infusing cutting-edge knowledge into community-based practices. The STAR initiative will also support an innovative Autism Research to Practice System, developing a framework for integrating research and training into existing systems of care.

Leadership Team


Micah Mazurek, Professor

STAR Director

Bill Therrien, Professor

Research in Practice Director

Rose Nevill, Research Assistant Professor

Autism Research Core Director

Moira Johnson

STAR Project Manager & Research Associate