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Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR)

Supporting Transformative Autism Research

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 supports pan-university autism research by providing centralized project coordination, recruitment, and specialized testing by certified personnel.

The dynamic new Autism DRIVE enables secure storage and sharing of autism data, helping to monitor progress and outcomes. The system also provides access to resources and supports for families and professionals – infusing cutting-edge knowledge into community-based practices. The STAR initiative also supports an innovative Autism Research in Practice System, providing a framework for integrating research and training into existing systems of care.


Transformative Autism Research Our Work

Research Projects

Our ongoing projects examine both new models for training and the work of developing and testing interventions.

Training: ECHO

ECHOs are case-based virtual networks that provide access to specialists at the local, state, and university level to improve the lives of individuals with autism.

Story: Autism Hope Summit

STAR's first Autism Hope Summit welcomed more than 450 attendees from throughout the Commonwealth and beyond for a day of learning and connection.

Autism Diagnosis: A look at the numbers

  • 15 %

    Increase in autism prevalence between 2012 and 2014. 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism.

  • 173

    Average miles rural families travel to see a specialist for an autism diagnosis.

  • 4

    Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.