Institute for Autism Research

The Institute for Autism Research (IAR) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism spectrum disorder 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.

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.


3rd Annual max Charity Challenge                     

Register for the 3rd Annual max Charity Challenge on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Diamond Hawk Golf Course to benefit the research programs at the iar. The challenge will include golf, reception and prizes. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. | Shot Gun Start 12:00 p.m. Scramble FormatGolf Package Includes: Greens fee with cart, 1 hour of range access, lunch at course, reception/awards ceremony.

 Lunch for golfers donated by Nickel City Catering

Not a golfer? Join the Reception/Awards Ceremony at 6:30 PM at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Reception Includes: Two hours of open bar with hors d'oeuvres and assorted food stations.

Interested in sponsoring the max Charity Challenge, click below.

Questions or interested in donating or volunteering, contact event chairs Laura and Troy Hillman at maxcharitychallenge@gmail.com

Click Here to Register for or Sponsor the 2018 max Charity Challenge


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

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Grants

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 individuals with autism and related developmental disorders. We are grateful to all the local, state, and federal funding sources for the support.

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IAR News

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. 

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Clinical & Community Programs

In addition to conducting high level research, members of the IAR are committed to serving the community and individuals with autism and related developmental disorders 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. 

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Research Team

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. 

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Publications

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.

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Internships

Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with members of the IAR on a range of research and clinical projects that enhance their professional development.

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schoolMAX 

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 students with HFASD in school settings.  Recognizing the multiple symptoms that characterize HFASD, schoolMAX is comprised of multiple treatment components targeting multiple domains and applied intensely for an extended period of time and at a specified level of engagement.  schoolMAX components use instructional techniques that adhere to a cognitive-behavioral framework.  

Core intervention components in schoolMAX include: 1) Intensive social skill groups; 2) Therapeutic activities; 3) Individualized Daily Note; 4) Mind Reading computer instruction; and 5) Parent education/training groups.  Because the schoolMAX program is implemented across the school year by members of the student’s educational teams (i.e., teachers, related service professionals, aides), it also includes a protocol for the provision of ongoing consultation and regular team meetings to ensure the intervention is coordinated across interventionists and settings.  Lastly, the schoolMAX program includes a system for monitoring fidelity of implementation of the components as well as the student’s progress

Development and testing of schoolMAX was supported by United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences grants R324A080136 and R324A180005. 

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Canisius Stories

Psychology Major Gains Experience and Credentials with Autism Research

“Through the IAR, I was able to hone my clinical and research skills. By the time I applied to graduate school, I had already been working in a supervisory capacity and had gained experience in clinical settings and in schools.”

Alyssa Biscotto

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