The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is a collaborative among the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), the ATN Clinical Coordinating Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The AIR-P is made possible through the Autism CARES Act of 2014 to improve medical care for children and adolescents with autism.

Federal Partner and Funder

Health Resources and Services Administration

The AIR-P is made possible through funding from the Autism CARES Act of 2014 and by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Research Program. To learn more about the CAA and this competitive grant process, please visit

Program Overview

On a day-to-day basis, the work of the AIR-P is carried out by 12 of the ATN centers, under the general guidance, leadership and direction of the Principal Investigator, James Perrin, MD at MGHfC in collaboration with organizational partners to:

  • Conduct multi-site research on evidence-based interventions that improve the physical health of children and adolescents with ASD and developmental disorders, especially underserved populations;
  • Transform AIR-P into a multisite Learning Network (LN) which will provide a collaborative laboratory for developing and testing evidence-based interventions and accelerating the adoption of effective interventions to improve care and reduce disparities;
  • Support the development and mentorship of emerging or new investigators;
  • Develop and disseminate guidelines for interventions developed by the network;
  • Accelerate the adoption of effective interventions, tools, and systems management; and
  • Leverage network capacity to compete for grant opportunities from other Federal and private sources.

 Organizational Partners

  • The Network Coordinating Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC)
  • Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN)

Meet our AIR-P Leaders

The Network Coordinating Center (NCC) at MassGeneral General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) 

The Principal Investigator for the AIR-P is Karen A. Kuhlthau, PhD. Dr. Kuhlthau is a social scientist with substantial research experience in ASD and other childhood chronic conditions. She will direct the NCC at MGHfC with support from Dr. James M. Perrin, a pediatric generalist with much clinical and research expertise and AIR-P PI for the past 6 1/2 years, and Dr. Daniel L. Coury, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician with strong clinical trials and ASD experience. Dr. Coury serves as the medical director for the NCC and in this role, he helps set the vision for the ATN, leads guideline development and implementation of the network’s quality improvement (QI) initiatives.


Karen A. Kuhlthau, PhD         Daniel L. Coury, MD      James M. Perrin, MD

Principal Investigator               Medical Director                Advisor


Kirsten Klatka, MSW     Brian Winklosky, MPA      Audrey Wolfe, MPH            Alyssa Taubert

Program Manager           Research Manager         Research Coordinator       Administrative Assistant

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN)

The ATN is a ground-breaking network of hospitals, physicians, researchers, and families at the AIR-P centers across the United States and Canada working together to develop the most effective approach to medical care for children and adolescents affected by autism. The ATN seeks to develop and promote consistent, high-quality medical care by teams of healthcare professionals who understand autism spectrum disorders. Teams excel at treating the various medical conditions, such as sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal complaints that often accompany an autism spectrum disorder. The network and collaborative structure of the ATN serves as the AIR-P.  


Donna Murray, PhD              Angie Fedele                                          Gaby Hurtado, MPA

VP of Science          Director of Operations, Clinical Programs           ATN Project Manager

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