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VT Center for Autism Research

Merging science with service

Now offering remote diagnostic assessments.

Photo credit: Brent Clark

Table with 3 sets of hands (clinicians and client) playing a game
Photo credit: Brent Clark

Welcome to the
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research

where our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families through intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatment and prevention.


We at the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research sincerely hope that you are doing well during these challenging times in our country’s history. In the midst of the pandemic and more recently, the continued racial injustices plaguing communities of color, we feel that it is only appropriate to acknowledge what is happening around us. Black Lives Matter. Grounded in Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community, “we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.” VTAC/CAR publicly condemns systemic and institutional racism and the continued senseless acts of race-based violence as we continue to push forward with our overall mission of reducing disparities in accessing evidence-based services for people with autism in rural communities.

Professor of Psychology and Director of VTAC & CAR Angela Scarpa shares a moment with her son, who was diagnosed with autism just before his second birthday.

History with a heart.

Responding to the direct needs of our communities.


3 sets of hands playing games on a table

Together we can continue to merge science with service.

Your financial support is critical to the success of the VT Autism Clinic, including our mobile
services. Contributions from our alumni, families, and friends help rural communities
access critical, affordable services.