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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 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.


Transformative Autism Research Our Work

Autism Pilot Study Awards

These pilot projects were awarded in the fall of 2018 and supported with STAR funds.

Research In Practice

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

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.

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