Coordinator: Susan Hyman MD, Director Developmental Pediatrics Division
University of Rochester has a wide network of investigators with long-standing and productive relationships with collaborators across the University, country, and broader world research communities. Current and recently completed ASD investigations include basic, translational, and applied research, with foci centered upon environmental and genetic determinants of ASD, phenotypic differences in persons with ASD, and behavioral interventions that promote independence for persons with ASD and their families. UR is part of NIH’s flagship ASD research program, the Autism Centers of Excellence, as well as a member of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN), and has one of the largest portfolios of NIH-funded ASD research in the United States. Through research sponsored by the Department of Defense, HRSA, IES, and private foundations (e.g., Autism Speaks), multidisciplinary teams are investigating the comparative efficacy of behavioral and psychopharmacological interventions for children and youth with ASD in home and community settings, sensory processing, neurobiology, genetic underpinnings, and related behavioral expression of ASD across the lifespan.