UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Program

Our Mission

The UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Program (ANP) combines clinical excellence with innovative research. We provide services and resources for individuals with autism and related neuro-developmental disorders.

Our Clinic

The Autism Clinic at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) provides diagnostic assessment and individualized behavior, education, and medication plans for each patient. Based on a child’s needs, we select one or more clinical teams to formulate comprehensive recommendations derived from a detailed family history, cognitive and play- based assessments, and neurological, genetic, gastrointestinal and other medical evaluations. The Autism Clinic provides care to all ages. The Autism Clinic collaborates with schools, special programs and regional centers in California and around the US.

*Currently, the clinic at LPPI's comprehensive diagnostic program with psychological testing is on hold. Psychiatric evaluations, medication and biomedical evaluations and referrals for further medical evaluations will continue.  

For assistance in finding the best clinics for your child, please call 415-353-2859.

The UCSF Pediatric Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Clinic is directed by Dr. Elysa Marco, who is a child neurologist with training in genetics, cognition and functional imaging, and is active in clinical research in this field. Our clinic specializes in the assessment of children on and off the autism spectrum and/or with disorders affecting their ability to perceive, process and integrate incoming sensory information that provides the basis for all thinking and behaving.

The Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic is a collaboration between the divisions of Child Neurology and Pediatric Genetics. Dr. Marco, a cognitive and behavioral child neurologist, leads the neurologic assessment, and Dr. Anne Slavotinek, an expert in pediatric genetics, guides an in-depth investigation of metabolic and genetic causes of neurodevelopmental delay and autism. This clinic focuses on finding the underlying cause, or etiology, of your child’s neurodevelopmental challenges. We work hand in hand with our other clinics to provide wrap around care for full diagnostic assessment and treatment planning.

Our Research

Our clinical services reflect the work of research scientists who translate imaging, genetic, neuropsychological, and behavioral research. ANP researchers are actively investigating the causes of and treatments for autism and related disorders. The clinic serves as a base for research on treatment responder characteristics, biomedical treatments and outcomes. The clinic collaborates in research on the neurophysiology of autism via brain imaging, genomic studies, and psycho-physiological measurement. ANP supports studies of new medications, nutritional interventions, and other newly available treatments.


  • Multidisciplinary, integrated evaluation
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Educational and behavioral consultation* 
  • Medical and psychopharmacologic interventions
  • Training for autism professionals and parents*  

Visits to the clinic are tailored for each patient and their family based on needed services.   Assessment may require 1 to 3 visits of different lengths. As needed, each assessment will be assigned to one or more clinical teams who will:

  • review current concerns, past assessments, and treatments
  • detail a developmental history from first concerns to the present
  • conduct a behavioral exam, interpret the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Test and administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS)*

Patients requiring additional neuropsychological testing will be referred appropriately.

Depending on the family’s needs, each of these activities may take a full visit or be consolidated.  At the completion of assessment, families meet with the clinic team leaders who have participated in their child’s assessment. Together, they review diagnostic assessment and receive specific recommendations for treatments.

How to Make an Appointment

For an appointment please call our intake and referral service at 415-476-7500 or 800-723-7140 (toll free). You may also ask your child’s primary care physician to complete our consultation request letter and fax to our Intake and Referral Office at 415-502-6361. We will then contact you by phone to schedule an appointment.*


ANP Faculty Leaders:

Robert L Hendren, DO, director, ANP; professor and vice chair, Department of Psychiatry

Elysa Marco, MD, research director, ANP; assistant professor, Department of Neurology


ANP Related Links:

UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics 

UCSF Children's Hospital Pediatric Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Clinic

UCSF Children's Hospital Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic

UCSF Children's Hospital Psychiatry Clinics 


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