Community Engagement & Outreach

Participatory Research

Those who are researched, should have a say in research. Our research at the Center is focused on helping the communities of San Diego live well. To ensure we meet our goals, it is essential to include members of the community to help make sure our research is done right.


We aim to hold quarterly meetings with members of the community to discuss issues relating to our research. We will try to answer these questions:

             • How do we make the Center relevant to you?

             • How can we reach your community to participate in our research?

             • What issues face your community, your children, your teens transitioning to adulthood?

If you are interested in participating in our meetings, you can join our group on Meetup,
or contact us at for more information.


Public Education is central to the Center’s core mission of enhancing the general public’s understanding of autism and its causes by promoting public education programs and disseminating the scientific findings and discoveries by SDSU faculty engaged in research in autism.


Our staff is out in the community throughout the year. We hold Brain Science workshops with children, and Aging Brain, The Developing Brain, Early Childhood Development lectures and presentations geared towards adults and parents at the San Diego public libraries, museums, school and community fairs.


We are working with partners to create a set of trainings and workshops for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or their families, as well as for early childhood educators and other professionals working with people with developmental disorders. Take a look at our calendar for upcoming workshops!

If you are interested in signing up for a workshop, please RSVP here
or contact us at for more information.