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Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Autism & Developmental DisabilitiesWe have a wide network of investigators with long-standing collaborative relationships across the University of Rochester and with other universities to study causes, characteristics, and care of children and youth with autism and other developmental disorders.

A multidisciplinary team is studying the comparative efficacy of interventions for children and youth with ASD for enhancing language development, reducing challenging behavior, and increasing the capacity of educators to deliver services in public schools. Other research is being conducted to elucidate nutritional, sleep, genetic, and family factors associated with autism. Basic studies are also underway to understand the neurobiology and behavioral responses of individuals with autism. Additional foci of research in this area include substantial work in the area of developmental neurotoxicology, as well as additional work investigating developmental screening practices and the promotion of optimal development among high risk children. Funding from NIH, HRSA, and private foundations has allowed for significant growth in this area of research.


Lynn Cole
Lynn Cole, P.N.P.

Philip Davidson
Philip Davidson, Ph.D.

Susan Hyman
Susan Hyman, M.D.

Suzannah Iadarola
Suzannah Iadarola, Ph.D.

Daniel Mruzek
Daniel Mruzek, Ph.D.

Laura Silverman
Laura Silverman, Ph.D.

Tristram Smith
Tristram Smith, Ph.D.

Stephen Sulkes
Stephen Sulkes, M.D.