Research Projects


Our research strives to advance knowledge in areas that have the greatest potential to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families.  Our projects focus on understanding the biological, social, and cognitive underpinnings of autism, designing more effective and personalized interventions and supports, and developing innovative models to bridge the gap between research and practice through training and knowledge sharing. The ultimate goal of this work is to empower individuals with autism, their families, and their communities to achieve positive and meaningful outcomes.  

  • Autism DRIVE


    The Autism DRIVE (Data System for Research Integration, Visualization & Exchange) is a dynamic system for secure collection and sharing of information.  The Autism DRIVE helps researchers collaborate with the autism community to gain insights into autism and to develop meaningful solutions for challenges experienced by individuals and families.  It also provides individualized online access to training and resources for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them.   

  • Research in Practice Studies


    To learn more about our clinic and community-based applied research studies, visit Autism DRIVE.

  • STAR Pilot Studies


    These pilot projects were awarded in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 and supported with STAR funds.

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  • Autism Research at UVA


    Research is being conducted all across the University of Virginia. 

    UVA Brain Institute
    UVA Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
    UVA Researchers Affiliated with STAR
  • Publications


    Coming Soon! Review our list of autism-related publications.