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...


REACCH Project: An Infant-Toddler Playgroup for Parents with Developmental Concerns

We are currently recruiting participants for a research study to examine the benefits of  REACCH (Rewarding Engagement And Communication in CHildren) 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/OR have an older child with an autism diagnosis, 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 interested in participating in this study, please contact Elizabeth McGarry at


Autism Early Intervention Project

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