About STAR

The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative, led by the School of Education and Human Development 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.

Leadership Team

Micah Mazurek, Professor

STAR Director

Bill Therrien, Professor

Research in Practice Director

Rose Nevill, Research Assistant Professor

Autism Research Core Director

Featured News

Autism Acceptance Month

Individuals with autism shared their ideas on ways to educate the general community about autism.

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Social Media Study

Online gaming and social media can offer opportunities for social interactions for autistic teenagers and adults.

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Virtual Series

STAR hosted a series of webinar conversations with the general public during the pandemic.

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View our events and offerings on our STAR Outreach page.


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.