The Autism Intervention Research Network on Behavioral Health (AIR-B) is a network of researchers seeking to advance evidence-based behavioral treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders, particularly those in underserved and minority communities. Our current project is looking at ways that can help parents whose children have ASD living in low-resource communities access care and also help participate more success throughout their children’s schooling. We are now conducting pilot testing of our interventions.

Criteria: Parents of children with ASD ages 2-8 who received their first diagnosis within the last two years OR parents of children with ASD who transitioned from preschool to kindergarten, elementary to middle school or middle school to high school this school year.

Contact: Amber Fitzgerald at 916-703-0338 or

Study will be enrolling in fall 2017

Learning Preferences in Toddlers with ASD (LeaP)


The purpose of this study is to determine what kinds of images and videos toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prefer to look at and learn from, and how those preferences may change after behavioral treatment.


If you participate in this study you can expect: a behavioral assessment and eye-tracking and electrophysiology sessions which can be scheduled over 1-2 visits, depending on family need. For some families, these visits will be repeated one year later.


Toddlers with ASD aged 12-36 months who are beginning (i.e. have not yet received more than 30 days) intensive behavioral treatment (10+ hours per week).

CONTACT: Marykate Miller, or 916-703-0486


Schools and mental health programs are faced with the challenge of serving growing numbers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the annual cost of ASD in the U.S. estimated to be $236 billion, developing and testing effective ways to scale up use of evidence-based treatments for ASD is critical.


To improve provider training in evidence based treatments. Two coordinated studies will test ways to support providers in their learning and delivery of ASD treatments. Study #1 will test the TEAMS model with An Individualized Mental Health Intervention for ASD (AIM HI) in publicly-funded outpatient and school-based mental health services. Study #2 will test TEAMS with Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching (CPRT) in classrooms.  The TEAMS model includes – TEAMS Leadership Institute (TLI) and TEAMS Individualized Provider Strategy for training (TIPS). Both studies will be conducted in San Diego, Sacramento, and Los Angeles counties.


Mental health programs and school districts are invited to participate in this voluntary study and will be randomized to receive different components of TEAMS. Leaders and Providers (mental health therapists or teachers) from participating districts/programs can participate; all participating providers will receive free training and coaching/consultation in AIM HI or CPRT over 6-10 months.


Other Opportunities

Throughout the year, the Collaborative START Lab occasionally has opportunities for local families (generally with children under the age of 5) to participate in program activities including staff, student, and community trainings and workshops.  Please contact us if you would like information about upcoming events or would like to be placed on a list of interested families.


Contact: Marykate Miller at 916-703-0486 or