About Us

The Center for Autism Research is a collaboration between The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania with a three-part mission:

  • Conduct research to understand the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in order to develop precision treatments.
  • Support individuals with ASD and their families by providing evidence-based resources and education

  • Train the next generation of master clinicians and scientists in best practices and the latest developments in autism screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Our multidisciplinary team is made up of psychologists, developmental pediatricians, neurologists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, radiologists and computer scientists who are working every day to discover ways to dramatically improve the lives of individuals with ASD and related conditions throughout a lifetime- from infancy through adulthood.


Director: Robert T. Schultz, PhD         Associate Director: David S. Mandell, ScD       

Medical Director: Susan E. Levy, MD      Clinical Training Director: Judith A. Miller, PhD      Administrative Mananger: Tiffany Ryan-D'Urso, MS,MS