Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers is one of the largest universities in the country with over 60,000 students and research expenditures surpassing 600 million dollars. Rutgers is an innovative university with issuing 748 US patents in the last 10 years and successfully linking research with industry within the US and internationally. Rutgers has vast and varied ASD-related professional training programs including 2 major medical schools, schools of dental medicine and nursing, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), social work, and the NJ Leadership and Training in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NJ LEND) program. The Rutgers Brain Health Institute (BHI) organizes all neuroscience research at Rutgers and is a resource for disseminating NJACE information. Rutgers neuroscience includes faculty from over 25 departments on 4 campuses (Newark, Camden, New Brunswick, RBHS) including over 265 faculty and over 400 students and fellows. Research between Rutgers and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute is stimulated by recently established Rutgers-Princeton Center for Cognitive Computational Neuropsychiatry (CCNP) as well as a joint MD/PhD program. Over the last 5 years, Rutgers alone has brought over $73 million dollars in autism research involving basic science studies from molecules to behavior and applications to clinical areas of diagnoses and treatments.
Divisions of Rutgers: As stated, Rutgers NJACE has support of major divisions of Rutgers including but not limited to:
- Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP)
- Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS)
- Rutgers Douglas Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC)
- The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS)
- Rutgers Brain Health Institute (BHI)
- University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC)
Children’s Specialized Hospital
Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH), with 13 locations throughout NJ, is the nation’s leading provider of care to children with special health needs and the largest provider of services for children and adolescents with ASD in the geographic region. CSH is part of the RWJ Barnabas Health system. CSH autism research includes focus on reducing health disparities for underserved youth at risk for ASD, expanding medical homes, and developmental screening by child care providers (over $3 million funded over past 5 years) as well as multiple clinical trials and a distinguished lecture series. CSH education activities include a 3 year Developmental Pediatric Fellowship in collaboration with Rutgers, a 1 year Developmental Nursing Fellowship, experiential programs for varied medical and therapy trainees including LEND fellows, and a research internship program. Community outreach includes a statewide community-based developmental screening program, training for first responders, recreation providers and child protection workers, and an online community hub for ASD resources and training. CSH provides a wide array of diagnostic, therapeutic and recreation programs for children and teens with ASD including primary care services within a medical home model.