Current Research Studies


Autism Partnership Foundation’s Research Team continues to develop and evaluate cutting edge behavioral approaches that make fundamental differences in the lives of children with ASD. The team’s productivity is difficult to match, averaging 10 peer-reviewed articles a year, totaling 90 publications in 10 years – in 24 journals and with the collaboration of over 40 different researchers. In addition to research, team members speak at conferences and provide training both in the US and abroad.

Current areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • development and evaluation of interventions that promote the development of social skills across the life span;
  • development and evaluation of methods to enhance learning through a progressive approach to ABA;
  • development and evaluation of methods for training autism interventionists and supervisors to implement a progressive approach to ABA;
  • evaluation of assumptions in ASD interventions; and
  • evaluation of short and long term outcomes as they relate to different approaches to ABA.

Research projects can last from one month to five years, depending on the purpose of the study. For instance, long term outcome studies can require several years to complete, while social skills intervention studies can be completed within six months.

To learn more about how to support or participate in research studies, please contact Co-Directors of Research,  Justin Leaf and Joe Cihon.

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