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Research at Oakland University’s Center for Autism is focused on conducting applied and translational research in:

  • advancing our understanding of the development and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • guiding best practices for improving treatment services for persons with ASD and their families
  • developing best-practice methodologies in training OU students interested in working with the ASD population

These research projects are directed under the leadership of Michael Kranak, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Our research agenda includes, but is not limited to, projects related to the development and treatment of young children with ASD, the diagnosis of ASD itself and early forms of severe problem behavior, early intervention with children at risk for ASD, increasing functional and employable skills in relation to self-determination and the efficacy of enrichment and leisure activities on the quality of life and well-being of those with ASD and their families.

The Center for Autism collaborates with local clinics and state agencies, as well as other regional and national universities. Towards this end, the Center for Autism is always looking for additional partnerships to both better the lives of individuals impacted by ASD and provide research opportunities for students at OU.

Individuals interested in establishing a collaborative relationship with the Center for Autism are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Michael Kranak, [email protected].

Similarly, student interested in research practica are especially encouraged to reach out to Dr. Kranak to discuss potential opportunities.

Center for Autism

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3067