Welcome to CARE!


Center for Autism Research Excellence


Our primary mission is to advance scientific knowledge about the language and social communication impairments in autism/ASD and related disorders. We carry out studies on all ages using behavioral, brain, and cognitive measures. The goal is to understand the range of abilities, the developmental patterns, and the brain systems that may explain why people with autism have difficulties communicating with spoken language. Our research is aimed at developing new interventions that directly address the communication problems that we discover.


Autism Center First to Study Minimally Verbal Children-NIH


The past decade has been a time of great advances in research exploring the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a complex developmental disorder that affects behavior, communication, social interaction, and learning… click here to read more




We have an outstanding team at CARE, including clinical and developmental psychologists, speech-language clinicians, language scientists, special educators and behavior specialists.


Studies carried out at our Center, and with collaborators at neighboring Universities, are funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.