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Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR)

Supporting Transformative Autism Research

The STAR initiative, led by the School of Education and Human Development and 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 Autism Research Core supports pan-university autism research by providing centralized project coordination, recruitment, and specialized testing by certified personnel.

The dynamic Autism DRIVE enables secure storage and sharing of autism data, helping our researchers 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

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.

Our Impact: A look at the numbers

  • 972

    Individuals trained through STAR programs and networks

  • 59

    Research studies facilitated through this initiative

  • 108

    peer-reviewed publications from our collaborators

Last updated 4/2/2021