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...

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.


Brief Parent Survey During COVID-19

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

Click here to access the survey (El cuestionario puede accederse aquí):

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.


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