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Clinical Core

Core Director:  James E. Connell Jr., PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D 

The Clinical Core provides the capacity to conduct psycho-social, behavioral and neuro-psychological assessments in support of the Autism Institute’s mission. In addition to the assessment related clinical and research capacity, the clinical core will also explore and employ models of intervention dissemination of evidence-based practices in community settings. The Clinical Core will include a clinic located in University City which will house a team of licensed psychologists and certified school psychologists and behavior analysts, with access to psychiatrist, social workers and other related mental and behavioral health-care workers. The assessment team will be research reliable on the state of the art assessment and diagnostic tools, and use best practices around data management, data transfer, confidentiality and human subject protection, and results sharing. 

The Clinical Core team partners with nationally known scientists and colleagues at local universities including the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Drexel University has wonderful cross-college collaboration, and many of the faculty, students and staff participate in educational, clinical and/or scholarly activities in programs outside of the Autism Institute. Researchers interested in more information around potential collaboration should contact Dr. Connell.

Dissemination of evidence-based best clinical practices

A critical mission of the Clinical Core is to serve as a resource for the advancement and dissemination of evidence-based clinical practice in ASD. Dr. Connell and other Core staff work closely with behavioral and mental health providers and educators in order to build the capacity, knowledge and skill to broadly disseminate evidence-based interventions. Dr. Connell and his team provide expert trainings and consultation in Philadelphia, in the Greater Delaware Valley, and beyond. Specific ongoing initiatives are described below. Behavioral health or educational service providers interested in consultation and training should contact Dr. Connell.