Autism Center Research

The Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is conducting a number of clinical research projects in addition to providing comprehensive evaluations for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As one of 17 locations across the United States and Canada comprising the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), our team works collaboratively in pursuit of innovative research to develop more effective treatment standards for the wider community.

The Autism Center is engaged in several clinical trials and research studies that are funded by the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as local foundations. Our projects focus on young children with ASD, with an emphasis on the treatment of associated problems, such as disruptive behaviors, sleep problems, and feeding problems. We work with parents and family members to positively impact the child’s development. Until we find the causes of ASD, it is vital that we learn how to intervene more effectively. With that in mind, we are testing new therapies, including both behavioral intervention and psychopharmacology.

Clinical Team

Interim Chief of Service
Ira Bergman, MD, PhD

Our Researchers
Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH
Robyn A. Filipink, MD

Research Coordinators
Kelley Sacco, BS
Emily Foldes, MS

Other Research Staff
Alexandra DeMand, BSc
Charmaine Stillitano, MSW
Kylan Turner, PhD

Last Update
January 23, 2015
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Last Update
January 23, 2015