The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research & Treatment

Rhode Island is uniquely positioned to serve as a leader in autism research, treatment and advocacy. With just over a million residents living in 1,200 square miles, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation and can be travelled in about an hour. Our population is diverse, and the state has a single department of health, children’s hospital and medical school While we do not know the exact number of people affected by ASD, there may be more than 10,000 individuals with ASD in Rhode Island, a state with a population of only 1.05 million people.  The need in our state is real and pressing.


Rhode Island holds the ingredients for a coordinated, interdisciplinary, geographically feasible system of research, support, education and care. Considering our size and resources, by coming together under RI-CART, we are equipped to efficiently:


  • Share cutting-edge equipment, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and collaborate among leading scientists, physicians, and educators.

  • Test and rapidly roll out new ways to improve clinical care.

  • Access government and academic leaders to develop new research collaborations and public policies

Autism Research 

The goals of the study are to develop a registry for future research involving genetic, population and treatment data. The researchers plan to share this resource with other qualified investigators.

Current Studies

Did you know that only about 5% of children with autism currently participate in research? The more people that participate in research, the better we can collaborate to care for you or your child! Your participation will make all the difference.



Learn about research findings published by RI-CART investigators, and find out about studies that have been completed with the help of  RI-CART participants. 


Video resources from our diverse efforts and presentations

We welcome researchers from all disciplines that are interested in collaborating with RI-CART, or incorporating RI-CART data into an ongoing project.