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What is ACE?

Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Program aims to advance understanding of early neurodevelopment of children affected by autism.

The Yale ACE aims to:

  • identify neural signatures of ASD and evaluate their relevance to prediction of outcomes and response to intervention during prenatal, neonatal, and school-age period
  • identify sex-linked risk and protective factors in ASD
  • conduct an efficacy trial of a novel intervention targeting an early attentional marker of autism
  • examine cellular, molecular, and brain mechanisms in pairs of siblings concordant and discordant for ASD to isolate risk and protective factors for ASD

Results from the combined projects have the potential to identify novel diagnostic and prognostic markers, identify risk and protective mechanisms, and clarify neural bases of sex differences in ASD.


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, 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"

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!

Previous Events

ACE in the News

ACE was recently featured on News 8 WTNH.

Click here to learn about our projects with newborns and pregnant mothers.

Click here to learn about our work with older children with autism and their siblings.