Research Studies

Scientific activities include studies of definition and classification of autism, the development of symptoms, neuropsychology, speech-language and communication, social mind and social brain, real-life skills and outcome, neurochemistry and neurobiology, genetics, and innovative treatments. This is a highly synergistic effort involving collaborations among the various research laboratories of the Autism Program, affiliated laboratories of the Child Study Center, as well as other departments at Yale and beyond. New discoveries in one area of research are leveraged to promote advances in other areas.

Focused on the neuroscience and genetics of social engagement, and with an emphasis on the creation of novel technologies and utilization of the state-of-the-art methods, our research activities include: early detection of autism in infants; studies of basic mechanisms of socialization such as babies' preferential attention to the eyes, gaze, and voice of others; clinical studies of diagnostic profiles and stability, and predictors of outcome; studies of language acquisition and communication, including novel treatments to promote voice, language, and communication skills; studies of learning styles and remedial treatments capitalizing on identified strengths; functional neuroimaging studies involving several neuroimaging technologies to measure in vivo brain responses to human faces, gaze, voice, emotional expressions and human action; gene finding and related neurophysiologic pathways to social disabilities; and the study of new drugs to alleviate impairing symptoms and parent-training and social communication treatments to improve competence. Our research priorities are derived from our clinical care activities and our goal is to promote the translation of science into clinical care. To participate or learn more about the following studies, click on their link below, or contact our Research Intake Coordinator, Erin MacDonnell at 203-737-3439 or