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Enroll In A Study

Your child may be eligible to participate in one of our research projects. Your family's involvement will help advance the effort to understand, diagnose, and treat autism. Participating families will gain valuable insight into their child's cognitive, verbal, and social development. Additionally, families receive a comprehensive report based on the standard measures used so that our Center can compare your child to his/her peers of the same age. The discoveries made from our research depends upon the participation of families like yours!


If you are interested in scheduling an evaluation for your 12-36 month old toddler, call either:
  • 858-534-6912
  • 858-534-6913

Current Studies

Toddlers 12-36 months

We are currently conducting fMRI studies on toddlers between 12-36 months. If you are interested in participating, contact the fMRI study coordinator at 858-534-6912.

Parents concerned about their infant or toddler's development

Your child may be eligible to participate in one of our research projects. Benefits to children and their families vary by study and include comprehensive assessments that provide information about your child's development as well as research-based treatment.

Below is an outline of what you can expect by participating. There are 2 major components to our study program:

  1. Free, comprehensive developmental evaluations conducted by a PhD level clinical psychologist performed 6-12 months apart. Each evaluation appointment lasts approximately 3.5-4 hours in duration. At the conclusion of testing, the clinical psychologist will review the results with you and write a report outlining your child's performance when needed. In this manner, you will be able to track your child's progress in multiple realms of development.
  2. A blood draw is required to evaluate the genetic component of child development. Parents will be asked to participate in blood draw as well.

Parents of children diagnosed with autism or other developmental delays

If your child has a previous diagnosis of autism or developmental delay, he or she may be eligible to participate in one of our studies. Participation in our research study provides information about your child's current functioning and subsequent progress.

Please contact us at 858-534-6913 for more details.

Parents of typically developing infants and toddlers

You and your child can provide valuable information in the effort to understand and treat autism. In exchange for participation, families receive a comprehensive assessment of their child's cognitive, verbal, and social development. Contact us at 858-534-6913 for more details.