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The Rural Outreach panel at the 2018 Autism Conference

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

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research was established in the College of Science to promote collaborative research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related conditions from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research builds upon basic research and clinical resources already available at Virginia Tech and works closely with other autism service providers to provide outreach on research findings, conduct research, and recruit participants.

The VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research has a mission of merging science and service.  We incorporate the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by extending services to rural communities in the surrounding area.  Our autism research incorporates an implementation science framework to ensure that evidence-based autism treatments are employed where possible.  This informs the clinical work at the Autism Clinic, and it helps keep our focus on implementation science and our service mission. We also host an biennial autism research conference every other spring to share our research with the larger community.

If you are interested in our research science or our services,

feel free to contact us.  

To learn about our upcoming trainings, events, & conferences, click here!

Funding News

Congratulations to VTCAR researchers and affiliates!  Dr. Christina McDonnell was awarded a 2-year Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Applied Research Grant. The project entitled Supporting the Most Vulnerable: A Randomized Feasibility Trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with ASD begins January 2020. Drs. Tom Ollendick and Angela Scarpa are Co-Investigators on the project.  Visit this page to learn more.