Neuro-Psychiatric Disorders Research

The Psychiatric Department and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders are involved in ground-breaking research projects where strides taken in the understanding of psychiatric disorders and autism spectrum disorders have improved therapies for the emotional and behavioral difficulties often seen in individuals with developmental disabilities. Early intervention via the Achievements Program, speech and language therapy, a social skills development curriculum and occupational therapy may decrease the communication and social difficulties that individuals with autism spectrum disorders have.

Our clinical programs focus on providing treatments for emotional and behavioral difficulties seen in children and adolescents with disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and genetic disorders, including Fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome and Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.

Running parallel with clinical care, the researchers within the Psychiatry Department and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders are making discoveries on brain-behavior relationships; measuring, predicting and improving outcomes and translating behavioral cognitive science to clinical treatment aimed at improving the lives of children with disabilities.

Within the Psychiatry Department and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders are several research projects designed to improve diagnosis and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. By studying siblings of children with autism, the early identification of autism spectrum disorders in some of these siblings will help researchers and clinicians to know how autism spectrum disorders present at a young age.