About STAR

The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative, led by the Curry School in partnership with colleagues from across the University of Virginia, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families through ground-breaking interdisciplinary research and development of innovative models for care, support, and education. The STAR project intends to ignite discovery, improve systems of care, and equip communities with best practices to support people with autism across the lifespan.


The STAR initiative is possible because of the tireless efforts of multiple individuals and partners. Visit our People page for the full STAR team list.

Leadership Team

Micah Mazurek, Associate Professor

STAR Director

Bill Therrien, Professor

Research in Practice Director

Rose Nevill, Research Assistant Professor

Autism Research Core Director

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