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 www.mchb.hrsa.gov.

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 research on evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities;
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based guidelines and validate tools for interventions to improve the health care of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities;
  • Disseminate critical information on its research findings, guidelines developed, and validated tools to health professionals and the public, especially families impacted by ASD and other developmental disabilities;
  • Develop and mentor new investigators in the field of ASD and other developmental disabilities; and
  • Foster the transfer of network findings on interventions, guidelines, tools, and systems management approaches into practice settings and communities to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices that will result in improved care.

 Organizational Partners

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

Meet our AIR-P Leaders

The Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) at MassGeneral General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) 

The Principal Investigator for the AIR-P is James M. Perrin, MD. He is the Director of the ATN CCC at MGHfC. He is President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy.

Daniel L. Coury, MD, serves as the ATN’s Medical Director. Dr. Coury is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Ohio. He helps set the vision for the ATN, leads guideline development and implementation of the network’s quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Karen Kuhlthau, PhD, serves in the capacity of a Health Services Consultant to the AIR-P in a leadership role helping set the vision for the AIR-P and priorities for the network's QI projects.

                       

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

Principal Investigator         Medical Director                   Health Services Consultant

 

                

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

Program Manager              Research Manager         Research Coordinator

  • 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.  

                                                   

Paul Wang, MD                                       Donna Murray, PhD                  Angie Fedele                               Gaby Hurtado, MPA

Vice President of Medical Research          ATN Senior Director                ATN Assistant Director                   ATN Project Manager

To contact the ATN, please email us at atn@autismspeaks.org.