Care LAB

Barbara Caplan, PhD

California State University, Long Beach

Community Autism Research Equity LAB

Our Mission

Empowering Families, Advancing Equity: Our mission is to create transformative change in the lives of children with autism and developmental disabilities, along with their families. Through rigorous research and community partnership, we investigate evidence-based interventions tailored to traditionally underserved populations and diverse cultural contexts. Our commitment to equity drives us to research and implement inclusive practices to ensure every child receives the support they need. By bridging research with real-world application and prioritizing family engagement, we strive to create a future where all children thrive.

Community partnership

children and family health

evidence-based interventions

Current Research Collaboration: Project ImPACT

We are currently partnering with investigators at SDSU (PI: Dr. Sarah Rieth) and UC Davis to examine parent engagement within a community effectiveness trial of an early intervention for autism called Project Impact.  

Learn more about Project ImPACT

BRIDGE Collaborative

The BRIDGE Collaborative consists of a transdisciplinary group of community providers, parents, funding agency representatives and researchers working together to develop a community plan to assist families of children with disorders relating and communicating from the earliest stages. 

Learn more about BRIDGE