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.
Autism Pilot Study Awards
These pilot projects were awarded in the fall of 2018 and supported with STAR funds.
Autism Diagnosis: A look at the numbers
Increase in autism prevalence between 2012 and 2014. 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism.
Average miles rural families travel to see a specialist for an autism diagnosis.
Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
Micah Mazurek, Professor
Bill Therrien, Professor
Research in Practice Director
Rose Nevill, Research Assistant Professor
Autism Research Core Director
STAR Project Manager & Research Associate