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VT Center for Autism Research

Merging science with service

through interventions, education, and research.

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 autistic individuals and their families through intervention, education, and research directed towards effective services.


Learn about our graduate student research.

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research (VTAC/CAR) PANDA Lab offers a number of opportunities for families and autistic individuals to participate in research.  If you are interested in learning more, visit the P.A.N.D.A website.



Recruiting children for autism assessments!

Beginning summer of 2024, while funding remains available, we will provide free diagnostic assessments to evaluate for autism in school-aged children 17 years of younger.  Assessments are conducted through a combination of in-person and remote meetings in Clintwood or Abingdon (at the SW Va. Higher Ed Center).  We are recruiting residents of Lee, Wise, Scott, Dickenson, Russell, Washington, Buchanan, Tazewell, Smyth, Grayson, Wythe Counties and the cities of Bristol and Norton.

To be added to our interest list, parents/caregivers email with the details below.  Write "assessment project" in the subject line.  Your first and last name, your phone numbers, your email address, child's name, child's age, county of residence.  A project member will contact you in late spring or summer with more information.
We strongly support neurodiversity and acknowledge varying preferences regarding language among self-advocates within the autism and broader community.  Please let us know your preference for identity-first (i.e., "autistic individual") or person-first language (i.e., "individual with autism/ASD") when we meet.