The Koegel Autism Center's primary research goals are increasing our understanding of autism spectrum disorders, the development and implementation of state-of-the-art treatments, as well as the improvement of elementary and secondary education efforts for children with autism and other severe disabilities. The center's primary interests lie in research and training (both pre-service and in-service), focusing on family support and on the education of children with autism in community environments and classrooms with their typically developing peers. The center conducts research regarding the development of treatment delivery systems through families, schools, non-disabled peers, and others who provide support for children with autism in educational settings. The center is funded by a number of sources, including the state of California, federal research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, and through private donations.

Current Projects

REACCH: An Infant-Toddler Playgroup

The Koegel Autism Center is currently recruiting participants for a research study to examine the benefits of REACCH program: a playgroup for infants ages 9-24 months. This 10-week program, for parents and infants, is designed to support early social development. REACCH focuses on supporting social engagement through the use of motivating play activities and behavioral principles. This program is designed for infants falling slightly behind expected milestones in social development. Target areas include: gesture use, eye contact, shared enjoyment, vocalizations, and emerging play skills.

To be eligible, families should have a child between the ages of 9 and 24 months, have concerns about your child's social or language development, and have the ability to travel to UCSB's Koegel Autism Center on a weekly basis for 10 sessions.

Qualifying for this group does not mean that an infant will go on to receive an ASD diagnosis.

If you are interesting in participating in this study, please contact Elizabeth McGarry at



The Koegel Autism Center is offering a program designed to improve online social communication skills for adults with ASD. The program targets these skills through a personalized intervention aimed to help individuals become more comfortable and confident using social media and other forms of online communication.

The program will run for 8 weeks at no cost. The program involves one-on-one sessions with a clinician once per week for 50 minutes.

Adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years are invited to participate. They must also be able to travel to the UCSB campus at least once a week.

All research participation is voluntary.

For more information or to schedule an intake, please contact the UCSB Koegel Autism Center by emailing or calling (805) 893-2049.



*Is your child between the ages of 5-14 years of age and enrolled in school?
*Are they having difficulties completing academic tasks during homework time?
*Do you have concern about their academic progress?

If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a research study to increase your child’s motivation during academic tasks. You may be present for all intervention sessions.

Contact Samantha Poyser at for more information! Space is limited.



WHAT: UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center is offering 8 weeks of no cost services to qualifying full time college students with autism spectrum disorder as part of a research study! The program combines a behavioral intervention and a peer mentor program to improve daily living skills needed for success in higher education. The program features peer-mentors, self-tracking of key skills, fun activities with a peer mentor, and weekly-individualized lessons with a master’s level clinician.

WHO: College students between the ages of 18 and 25 years must have average cognitive functioning and be full-time students in a higher education setting. They must also be able to travel to the UCSB campus at least once a week. College students must have a parent or former caregiver who is willing to complete a confidential online form asking about their child’s social, communication, and daily living skills.

WHEN: Please contact the research investigator below to schedule your intake session today!

All research participation is voluntary.

Please contact Erin Engstrom at for more information or to schedule an intake!