Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center

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The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center, or AARTS, is committed to leading research efforts in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Chicago area. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that one in 68 children have ASD with symptoms such as social interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. As such, there is a great need to expand our knowledge of the diversity, symptoms and treatment of this disorder.

Here at the AARTS Center, it is our goal to explore, build and develop an understanding of — and treatments for — the undertreated needs of children, teenagers and adults with ASD. Our researchers and clinicians are dedicated to increasing knowledge of the etiology of ASD and developing effective treatments, with the aim of sharing our newfound knowledge with the community at large.

Our work

Researchers at the AARTS Center at Rush seek to improve the care of individuals with ASD through multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects in several areas including:

  • Behavioral and cognitive profiles associated with the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying ASD
  • Multimodal interventions investigating combinations of medication and behavioral interventions with the potential to address the complexity of ASD
  • Sponsered trials evaluating new initiatives in the field 
  • Programs designed to modify and adapt ASD interventions to make them suitable for the community and/or educational settings. 
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AARTS Center researchers also seek to capitalize on cutting-edge technological advancements to improve care for individuals with ASD. Technology initiatives include development of automated assessment packages consisting of off-the-shelf hardware and artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to streamline detection and monitroing of ASD-specific social communication deficits (e.g., gestures, emotions, vocal prosody). The research group also seeks to study telehealth-based parent behavioral interventions with capacity to disseminate treatments to at-risk and underserved communities. 

Funding

The AARTS research program is funded by federal and foundation grants, including National Center for advancing Transitional Sciences, National Institute of CHild Health and Human Development, Autism Speaks, Organization for Autism Research, and Brain & Behavior Foundation.

Our team

Researchers in the AARTS Center at Rush are leading the field in developing next-generation interventions with capacity to address the complexity of ASD. Click the links below to find out more about our Rush faculty research team member and the work they do, including recent publications and presentations.

Latha Soorya, PhD, BCBA: Research Director

Allie Wainer, PhD: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Soo Lee, MD: Director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic

Eileen Crehan, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow

For additional information regarding the AARTS Center at Rush, please click the links provided below:

Contact us

Westgate Building
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 942-0819

Resources for your child and family

Please contact Natalie Forburger, outreach coordinator, at (312) 563-2272 or email natalie_m_forburger@rush.edu

Clinical Research Opportunities

Please contact our research team at (312) 942-5431 or email sarah_youngkin@rush.edu

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