The Koegel Autism Center's primary research goal is to develop and test new autism interventions designed to improve the lives of individuals, parents, and families affected by ASD.  Most of our research projects offer intervention or support services at no cost to participating families.  All research participation is voluntary.  The center and its researchers has received past funding from state agencies, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, Autism Speaks, Organization for Autism Research, the Autism Science Foundation, and private donations.

We are now recruiting for the following studies...

Pivotal Response Treatment App

Do you sometimes wish there were easier ways to learn about and implement effective autism treatments at home with your child?

The UCSB Autism Center will soon be recruiting families to participate in a research study that evaluates the use of a smartphone app to teach caregivers an early social communication intervention for children diagnosed with autism (1 - 4 1/2 years).

Click here to learn more about the PRT App Research Study

To learn more about the research study click on the link above to take you to the research study page!



Remote Learning Support Study

We are offering virtual coaching for parents to support their child during remote learning.

Over the course of 6 sessions, parents will receive coaching in  motivational strategies to enhance their child’s remote learning experience. The program will be individualized for each parent and their child’s needs during remote instruction.

To be eligible, students must be required to participate in remote learning (e.g. fully online; hybrid schedule; independent study) for some portion of their school week.

If interested, please contact Samantha Poyser ( for further information.


Telehealth START Program for Individuals with ASD

Recruitment Closed (Active Waitlist)

We are offering 10 weeks of a no-cost multi-component social club to qualifying young adults with autism spectrum disorder as part of a research study! This online club combines a motivating environment to acquire social experience and targeted lessons to improve social skills and understanding.

Young adults will participate in a virtual program that features peer-facilitators, self-tracking of key skills, fun activities, social outings, and weekly interactive lessons. Young adults must be able to communicate using full sentence phrases and meet other criteria to qualify. They also must be able to meet via Zoom at least twice a week. All research participation is voluntary.

For more information, please contact us at or call 805.893.2049.


Brief Parent Survey During COVID-19

Encuesta Breve Para Padres, Madres y Cuidadores Durante El COVID-19

WHO? Parents of an individual (aged 2 or older) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder can participate by completing this brief survey.

WHY? Your answers will provide helpful information to autism researchers and service providers to better support you and your family during COVID-19 and beyond.

A list of nationwide resources is offered alongside the survey. You will be entered into a drawing to win 1 out of 10 $25 Amazon gift cards.

For more information, please contact us at or call 805.893.2049.


Remote Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

WHAT? UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center is offering online time-limited PCIT services at no-cost to qualifying families of children with autism spectrum disorder as part of a research study. This program will teach you to manage your child’s difficult behaviors and promote a number of adaptive skills using a play-based approach. The intervention consists of 10 parent education sessions, where you will receive personalized in-vivo coaching from trained doctoral graduate students who are supervised by experienced clinicians.

WHO? Families of autistic children (aged 2-5) who employ the use of sentences or short phrases to communicate. Access to a computer or smartphone, secured internet and Bluetooth headphones is needed for participation.

All research participation is voluntary.

For more information or to schedule an eligibility check, please contact the UCSB Koegel Autism Center by emailing or calling 805.893.2049



Autism Early Intervention Project

Recruitment Closed 

With funding from Cottage Hospital’s Research Institute, the UCSB Koegel Autism Center is now recruiting families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ages 12 months to 59 months) for a research study focused on parent-child interactions and autism intervention.

Eligible families will receive multiple developmental assessments, record parent-child play videos while wearing special sensors, and receive 12 months (8 hours/week) of a motivation-based, personalized treatment that focuses on improving social engagement and language.

Families will be compensated $50 for each of three developmental assessments: one at intake, after 6-months, and after 12-months.  They will also receive $20 each time for parent-child videos taken after 3-4 and 8-9 months. Children must have an existing diagnosis of autism and have minimal language use (i.e. be nonverbal or use only single words with less than 20 functional words). Parents must commit to participating in a weekly 2-hour parent intervention training session and be at home for three 2-hour clinician-child sessions.

Please email or call 805.893.2049 for more information