Dr. Aarti Nair working on a research study

Our study involves behavioral and neuroimaging assessments of adolescents, ages 12-21, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder (SSD). Selected participants will be invited to undergo the caregiver-assisted PEERSĀ® 16-week social skills training. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERSĀ®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. Our study will also recruit typically developing adolescents to undergo assessments and brain scans.

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Project Faculty

Study Coordinator

  • Hector Gutierrez


  • Niharika Verma
  • Deanna Aghbashian
  • Laura Caldera Aguayo
  • Veronica De La Rosa
  • Sanya Mital
  • Niki Bahri
  • Katie Callaci
  • Rhideeta Jalal
  • Mithila Mahale
  • James Hodgins
  • Amanda Preston