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.
While WNY continues to deal with the ongoing COVID pandemic, we are hoping to conduct summerMAX programs in 2021.
We are accepting applications for the following progams:
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 students with HFASD 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 individuals with autism and related developmental disorders. 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 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.
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.
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.”
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