A Focus on Person-Centered Autism Research, Evaluation, & Support Services

Led by Center Director Dr. Ty Vernon and Clinical Director Dr. Anna Krasno, the center focuses on the development and implementation of strength-based, motivational support services, interventions, and psychological evaluations for individuals with autism and their families.

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The center provides diagnostic assessments, support services, parent support, and clinical training opportunities through its funded research projects and clinics.

Intervention support models developed at the center include the Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and the Social Tools And Rules for Teens (START) programs.

We provide research and clinical training to doctoral students in clinical psychology and special education, many of whom have continued on to become highly influential members of the autism research and clinical support communities.

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Undiagnosed Autism in Teens and Adults Can Lead to Mental Health Issues

Teens and adults who have undiagnosed autism (autism spectrum disorder / ASD) can struggle with symptoms that may lead to depression, anxiety and self-harm, according to the UCSB Koegel Autism Center at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. 


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Koegel Autism Center Holds 3rd Annual "Unmasking Through Art" Neurodivergent-Curated Art Show

Koegel Autism Center Holds 3rd Annual Neurodivergent-Curated Art Show on December 7

The Koegel Autism Center and members of the Creative Club and Community invite everyone to "Unmasking Through Art," UCSB’s 3nd annual neurodivergent-curated art show, by and for those who think differently.

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Autism Safari Nights 2023

Koegel Autism Center and Santa Barbara Zoo present Autism Safari Nights

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Autism Center Vision

Partnering with the autism community to promote hope, compassion, inclusivity, and empowerment.

Autism Center Mission

We strive to develop, evaluate, and disseminate high-impact, strength-based autism evaluation and support strategies; build collaborative partnerships with local and global communities; be culturally sensitive and responsive; provide ongoing outreach and education to families and professionals; support the diverse needs of individuals with autism across the lifespan; and serve as a model for excellence in autism research, service, and training.