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Developmental and Behavioral Research

Studies aimed at improving the lives of those affected by developmental challenges

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The University of Rochester has one of the largest research programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

NDBP receives research awards from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). We also receive awards from private foundations such as Autism Speaks.

Current Studies

  • AIM-ASD
    Comparing interventions to help minimally verbal children with ASD
  • AIR-B
    Seeking to reduce disparities through new and sustainable interventions
  • Elopement
    Using a parent education model to develop a behavior plan that addresses wandering
  • Health Literacy
    Investigating how young people diagnosed with ASD navigate the health system and manage their own care
  • PT Feeding
    Helping parents of a child with autism manage feeding problems
  • SAAGE
    Supporting elementary students with ASD by coaching educators

Study Outcomes

Our studies have

  • Improved standards of medical care
  • Identified effective treatments
  • Explained possible causes and characteristics of ASD and other intellectual disabilities
  • Documented effects of exposure to methylmercury on child development

Review our list of recent publications to learn more.