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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute


What started as a dream of six families united by the challenges of autism and driven by a desire to help families and the community, is now an internationally renowned center for neurodevelopmental disorders.  The MIND Institute is dedicated to finding treatments, causes and preventions, and providing education for neurodevelopmental disorders. These families envisioned a place where experts from every discipline related to brain development would work together to ensure better futures for the one in twenty Americans who are affected with neurodevelopmental disorders. Research at the MIND Institute has expanded from autism to include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Down syndrome, and fragile X syndrome.

Although research remains our primary focus, we also provide clinical, educational services and community services.  Our Massie Family Clinic offers comprehensive evidence-based assessments for children, adolescents and adults.  In addition, the MIND Institute and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) collaborate to provide educational resources for individuals, families and professionals.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers and clinicians are hard at work discovering the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and developing and testing effective treatments, preventions, care, and ultimately, cures for these disorders.   However, this critical work cannot be done without research participants, both those individuals who are affected with a neurodevelopmental disorder, as well as those who are typically developing.

Research is conducted on all ranges throughout the lifespan, from birth though the elder years and both males and females, are needed to assist our researchers in these vital research studies. Individuals and families that are affected with a neurodevelopmental disorder, as well as those that are typically developing are encouraged to participate.   Currently, our scientists have over 60 research studies focusing on the following areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome


MIND Institute clinical programs include many components for assessment and treatment, with a multi-disciplinary staff that is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists,, geneticists, genetic counselors, licensed clinical social workers, child development specialists, and medical support staff. Programs include:

The Massie Family Clinic provides evidence-based assessment and recommendations to facilitate treatment, care, and interventions for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders.  Specialty clinics within the Massie Family Clinic include autism spectrum disorders, fragile X, learning disorders, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and ADHD.

Providing services for school age children and teens with challenges in social skills, the Social Skills Training Program provides training, counseling and other services for youth, as well as support for parents and their siblings.

The ADHD Clinic provides initial psychiatric clinical assessment, short-term medication management, consultation, and support for both adults and children with suspected ADHD.

Clinical Trials, a rapidly-expanding program that is researching innovative, targeted treatments for a range of neurodevelopmental disorders.
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