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Ventola Lab


The Ventola Lab focuses on behavioral treatment, specifically Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We integrate multidisciplinary techniques including functional and structural neuroimaging to examine the brain basis of treatment response.

Specifically, we are assessing how the brain changes following treatment and how to predict response to treatment based on an individual’s brain-based profile. We are also using eye-tracking, electrophysiology (EEG), and clinical assessments to assess behavioral outcomes and to predict treatment response.

In addition to our clinic-based treatment work, we have studies on delivering PRT via telemedicine using secure videoconferencing technologies.

The Ventola lab is led by Pamela Ventola, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center.

Participant Eligibility/Benefits

  • Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 4 - 9 years and 18 - 35 years
  • Typically developing children, ages 4 – 9 years
  • Participants with ASD will receive a clinical evaluation and report
  • Participants can earn up to $540

Research Interest/Category

Behavioral treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder

IRB Study Title(s)

Pivotal Response Treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

HIC #: 1106008625

Research Team

Collaborating Yale Faculty

  • Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Vice Chair, Bioimaging Sciences in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology; Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

    Research Interests
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Radiology
    • Temporal Lobe
  • Professor in the Child Study Center

    Research Interests
    • Aggression
    • Anger
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Behavior Therapy
    • Tourette Syndrome
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Psychotherapy
    • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders