Research at the Center includes cooperative, interdisciplinary research programs spanning biomedical, basic and clinical research projects. These projects are run by the researchers from the Center with national and international collaborations, focusing on understanding developmental functioning and underlying mechanisms of autism, while building a longitudinal database following development over time.

Our researchers' areas of expertise range from the foundations of brain development, genetic transmission of autism, physiological and molecular comparisons between ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders,  to behavioral science including characterization of ASD at different ages, longitudinal studies following developmental trajectories and distinct behavioral profiles at different ages, as well as screening, diagnosis, the study of core and associated features of ASD, the experience of family members coping with ASD and evaluation of service provision. 

In addition to each researcher’s current efforts, a central goal of The Autism Center is to foster innovative interdisciplinary research collaborations in an attempt to better answer core questions in the field of ASD and transmit that knowledge into applied settings. To that end, The Autism Center has a clear policy making data collected from the clinic, and other research projects available to researchers within The Autism Center. Opening the data represents our belief in an additive model of collaboration: The more we share, the more we know.

Monthly seminar

Research Projects


Monthly Seminar

Monthly seminars provide a venue for learning about research and clinical innovations, as well as for gathering as a community to hear about ongoing and upcoming projects. Speakers at our seminar have included experts in ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders from around the university and the country. These seminars are open to the broader community.


Past Seminars:


Dr. Judah Koller 

Parents as mediators of symptomatology



Dr. Anat Perry

Brain and empathy - how do we understand others? 



Dr. Adi Aran

The endocannabinoid system in Autism Spectrum Disorder 



Dr. Inna Fishman

In search of an early brain signature of autism



Prof. Asher Ornoy

Prenatal risk factors for autism in humans: What animal models have to contribute to understanding mechanisms and prevention



Prof. Merav Ahissar

Comparison between perception in autism and dyslexia



Dr. Floring Uzefovsky

Cognitive and emotional empathy in autism and the distinction between the self and the other



Dr. Tamir Epstein 

Autism in adulthood: current knowledge and future directions



Dr. Yoram Bonneh

Autism as a regulatory disorder



Dr. Maayan Davidov and Yael Paz

Individual differences in empathy in the first year of life, and primary findings from a sample of infants at risk for autism



Prof. Nirit Bauminger-Zviely

School-Based RCT Peer Social Intervention (S-PSI) for Minimally Verbal Children with ASD (MVASD)



Prof. Ariel Knafo- Noam

Development of Empathy



Dr. Itai Berger

Processing Speed as a marker to stimulants effect in Autism



Ms. Esti Ben David, Dr. Roni Lottner and Ms. Lilian Shafran

Panel of Experts



Dr. Rachel- Shlomit Brezis

Perception of self in autism: personal narratives, the brain and culture



Dr. Salomon Israel

The genetic structure of ASD: Possible treatment benefits from oxytocin



Prof. Ofer Golan

Teaching Emotion recognition and understanding to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of two controlled evaluation studies



Prof. Ditza Zachor

What works for who? Efficacy of early intervention and predictors of response to intervention among children with ASD



Prof. Sagiv Shifman

Connection between chromatin regulation and autism



Prof. Michael Beenstock

Social outcomes of young adults with autism spectrum disorders



Dr. Adina Maier

Applied research on ADHD from a bio-psycho-social perspective: Ramifications for ASD



Dr. David Mankuta

Pregnancy: A critical period for pathogenesis of ASD



Dr. Yoav Kohn

Working with children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD at the Jerusalem Center for Mental Health



Dr. Raanan Raz

Environmental factors in the epidemiology of ASD



Prof. Cory Shulman

ASD diagnosis: The nexus of research, practice, training and policy
















Research Projects

Research projects done in collaboration with the Center


Prof. Cory Shulman -  A Developmental Perspective on Gender Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Dr. Judah Koller - Community-implemented Parent Mediated Intervention for Young Children with ASD and Disruptive Behavior

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Dr. Maayan Davidov - Towards Earlier Diagnosis of Autism: Identifying Early Behavioral Markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Tal Mazor- Karsenty: Parentship

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