Our Mission

Welcome to the STAR Center for ASD and NDDs at UCSF. STAR represents our commitment to excellent programs in Service, Training, Advocacy, and Research within the context of one of the world’s leading major academic centers. Our goal at STAR is to lead the way to better understanding, treatment, and promotion of well-being for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). Our services for individuals across the lifespan are conducted by teams of trained professionals who, in collaboration with researchers across UCSF and around the world, apply the latest evidenced-based assessments and treatments. We are also dedicated to sharing our knowledge.
 



Our Mission
 

  1. Service
    • Provide diagnostic assessments and comprehensive evaluations for individuals of all ages with behaviors, signs and symptoms associated with ASD or other NDDs
    • Conduct evidence-based treatment for individuals with ASD and other NDDs as well as their families, other caregivers and relevant community members;
  2. Training
    • Offer sophisticated training for medical, psychology, mental health, educational, and other professionals, in the best practices for work with individuals and families experiencing ASD and other NDDs, as well as educational programs for families, the lay public, and policy makers;
  3. Advocacy
    • Advocate for our patients, their families, and their communities, as well as to broadly disseminate knowledge about ASD and NDDs through community outreach, scientific and clinical community programs, and support for policy development;
  4. Research
    • Conduct and disseminate 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 provide support for:

  1. People with ASD and NDDs across the lifespan
  2. Parents, relatives, caregivers, educators, and other members of their community
  3. Researchers investigating autism spectrum disorders
  4. Supporters, donors, advocates, volunteers, government, community partners, and others.