The Center for Excellence in Autism Research (CeFAR) at the University of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Carla A. Mazefsky, PhD, and Shaun M. Eack, PhD. CeFAR is developing new interventions for autistic individuals and conducting clinical trials to assess efficacy. Evidence of efficacy is key to approval of interventions for standard of care and reimbursement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. These interventions are based on findings from previous studies on the cognitive, neurological and genetic basis of autism. Through this research we hope to provide innovative treatment developments, disseminate findings to the community and advance public policy to improve the lives of autistic individuals and their families.