The Institute for Autism Research (IAR) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families. Researchers from diverse backgrounds work together to address critical questions involving causes, development, assessment, clinical treatment, and education.
This research work has led to development of several new and effective programs which are provided by IAR staff to our community partners and schools. Researchers at the IAR are also dedicated to training the next generation of researchers and practitioners through advanced academic, research, and clinical and community-based experiences.
Special Event: Support the IAR
Support the work of the IAR by getting involved in the 6th Annual Lend a Paw Fundraiser: "80s Cinepaws"
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Information on summerMAX 2022 Programs
summerMAXyc- Clinical Trial of adapted summerMAX program for 4-6 year old children in Niagara County
summerMAX- Empirically-validated summer psychosocial program for 7-12 year old children at the IAR at Canisius
The institute has been featured in the local news and in national publications. See just a sample how the IAR has been featured in the media and check back as the institute continues to grow.
schoolMAX is a comprehensive school-based intervention designed to address the unique profile of social-cognitive and social behavior impairments and circumscribed and repetitive behaviors and interests of elementary school-age autistic students without intellectual disability in school settings.
Participate in Research
The Institute for Autism Research (IAR) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism and related developmental disorders and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families. Researchers from diverse backgrounds work together to address critical questions involving causes, development, assessment, clinical treatment, and education. This research work has led to development of several new and effective treatments which are provided by IAR staff to our community partners and schools
Grants are a large source of financial support for both research and clinical programming. The following is a sample of current and prior funding used to conduct studies and provide clinical services involving autistic individuals. We are grateful to all the local, state, and federal funding sources for the support.
Clinical & Community Programs
In addition to conducting high level research, members of the IAR are committed to serving the community and autistic individuals through provision of effective intervention and treatment programs, as well as consultation with parents, educators, and clinical providers. Read more about the programs offered by members of the IAR.
The IAR is a truly collaborative team that is proud of the strong relationships maintained with all members. Learn more about the people behind the research.
Members of the IAR team have published extensively in the area of autism and developmental disorders. The following is a list of selected journal articles and book chapters on autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities published by members of the research team.
Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with members of the IAR on a range of research and clinical projects that enhance their professional development.