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Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (Yale SANA Program)

Work in our lab is focused on early social and affective development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities. We aim to discover biomarkers of social and emotional vulnerabilities and novel treatment targets in infancy and early childhood. Our highly interdisciplinary and collaborative research relies on integration of cutting edge clinical behavioral, neurophysiological, and imaging data in service of improving the lives of children living with complex developmental disorders.


SCSU Friendly Forums

Weekly friendly Zoom discussions on topics relating to the difficulties of returning to school and supporting your child with ASD during COVID-19, offered every Thursday at 8:00pm ET. Topics include IEPs, behavioral issues, and assistive technology.

For more information, view the SCSU Friendly Forums flyer (PDF). Register online for no charge at Submit your questions to

Yale Child Study Center and SCSU Science of Autism Series

All sessions are held virtually on Fridays from 9:00am-10:00am. Register at no charge at For questions, please email

  • Friday, November 20, 2020: Gary S. Mayerson, JD - "Autism's Declaration of Independence"
  • Friday, December 4, 2020: Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD and Suzanne Macari, PhD - "Do Puppets Hold Special Interest for Children with Autism?"
  • Friday, January 29, 2021: Laura Grofer Klinger, PhD - "Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education and Employment"
  • Friday, February 19, 2021: Lauren Tucker, EdD - "Uses for Assistive Technology During COVID-19"
  • Friday, March 5, 2021: Susan W. White, PhD, ABPP - "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth with Autism"
  • Friday, May 21, 2021: James McPartland, PhD - "Developing Biomarkers to Improve Clinical Research in Autism"

SCSU Colloquium Series: The Intersection of Race and Autism - Friday, December 4, 2020

Friday, December 4, 12:00-1:15 pm

Moderated by Dr. Cynthia McDaniels and featuring Dr. Kari Sassu, Dr. Stephen Hegedus, and the Yale Child Study Center's Dr. Fred Volkmar.

For more information and to register, please visit the SCSU College of Education Alumni Relations Colloquium Series website.

CANCELLED: 5th Annual Autism Conference: Community-Based Interventions and Developmental Outcomes

This event has been cancelled, please return for information about rescheduling to a future date.

Please join us for this full day symposium presented by: Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (Yale SANA) and Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE)

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Where: Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center, Cohen Auditorium, 230 South Frontage Road New Haven, CT 06519

Visit the registration website to reserve your spot today!

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