STAR Center for ASD & NDDs

The STAR Center will open in July 2015. More information about our services will be added in the coming months.

The Service, Training, Advocacy and Research (STAR) Center for ASD & NDDs combines clinical excellence with innovative research. We provide services and resources for individuals with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Our goal is to lead the way to better understand, treat, and promote the well-being of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) by providing support across the lifespan, conducting research, training future professionals and educating the public.

Our mission

The goals of the STAR Center are:

  • To provide diagnostic assessments and comprehensive evaluations for individuals of all ages with behaviors, signs and symptoms associated with ASD or other NDDs;
  • To provide high quality, evidence-based treatment services for individuals with ASD and other NDDs as well as their families, other caregivers and relevant community members;
  • To train medical, psychology, mental health, educational, and other professionals in the best practices for work with individuals and families experiencing ASD and other NDDs;
  • To advocate for our patients, their families, and their communities, as well as to broadly disseminate knowledge about ASD and NDDs through community outreach, scientific community and support for policy development;
  • To conduct responsible, high quality, high impact research on the causes, prevention, identification and treatment of ASD and NDDs, with a focus on understanding the biological and environmental substrates, as the well behavioral manifestations of ASD and related conditions.

We serve

  • People with ASD and NDDs across the lifespan
  • People and programs who provide support to individuals with ASD and NDDs, including: parents, relatives, caregivers, educators, and other members of their community
  • People and programs who want to get involved, including: supporters, donors, advocates, volunteers, government, community partners, and others.


The STAR Center will formally open in July 2015. If you are interested in potentially scheduling an appointment, please contact us at (415) 502-3500 or

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