Director's Welcome

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.

Welcome to the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Our core mission is to advance the best science of clinical care for individuals with autism and their families. Our clinical services include evaluations, treatment and capacity-building consultations to schools and the community at large. Our research covers a wide range of clinical and basic science projects, from gene-finding to access to community services. The focus of this research is social and communication development, linking genes to brain to behavior. We train the next generation of leaders in the field in various disciplines of science and clinical care. And we are deeply involved with parent support and governmental agencies, having the ultimate goal of advancing knowledge, disseminating best practices, and improving services in the community.

This web site covers most of our activities. There are resources for parents and professionals. You can visit our labs and watch what is involved in research participation. You can view highlights of recent scientific discoveries, check on training opportunities, and learn about our advocacy efforts. You can also make donations to strengthen our program, or contribute to specific projects, investigators or labs.

We strive to make this web site accessible and helpful; it should answer commonly asked questions reaching us from the community of families, clinical and educational professionals, and scientists. But if you would like to find out more about the Autism Program at Yale, please do contact us directly. Please drop an e-mail to Heidi Tsapelas ( or call at US-203-785-6070.

We thank you for visiting with us! 
Fred Volkmar, M.D. 
Director, Autism Program at Yale