About us

Who We Are and How We Work

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration,  is a collaboration between the National Coordinating Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

The National Coordinating Center (NCC) at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC)

The National Coordinating Center at MGHfC serves as the AIR-P’s home base, providing oversight and direction to all of its operations and research efforts. In addition to setting the AIR-P’s scientific vision and agenda, the NCC leads the development and implementation of all AIR-P programs and initiatives. The NCC also houses the AIR-P’s Data Coordinating Center, which provides statistical and related data support to scientists across the network. NCC operations are directed by AIR-P Principal Investigator (PI) Karen Kuhlthau, PhD, with support from AIR-P Medical Director Daniel Coury, M.D., and Advisor James Perrin, MD.

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN)

The Autism Treatment Network is a ground-breaking network of autism specialty clinics dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and youth with ASDs. Funded by Autism Speaks, this collaboration brings together clinicians, researchers and family members from 12 leading academic medical centers across North America. The network seeks to advance its mission through evidence-based research, the development of clinical guidelines, and the delivery of high-quality family-centered care. The long-standing collaborative structure of the ATN provides the core research infrastructure for the AIR-P, with the ATN’s 12 autism specialty clinics serving as the AIR-P’s clinical research sites. The ATN also provides the AIR-P with access to its extensive data registry and data collection systems, as well as scientific support and guidance. The ATN is overseen by Donna Murray, PhD, the vice president of clinical programs at Autism Speaks, and Angie Fedele, the Director of Operations, Clinical Programs. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

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

Meet our AIR-P Team

The Network Coordinating Center (NCC) at 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 directs 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 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 his role, he helps set the vision for the ATN, leads guideline development and implementation of the network's quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Karen Kuhlthau
Karen A. Kuhlthau, PhD
Principal Investigator
Daniel Coury
Daniel L. Coury, MD
Medical Director
James Perrin
James M. Perrin, MD
Brian Winklosky
Brian Winklosky, MPA
Research Manager

Justin Farmer
Clinical Research Coordinator

Lucy Fell
Clinical Research Coordinator

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN)

The ATN is a ground-breaking network of hospitals, physicians, researchers, and families at ATN 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. The network and collaborative structure of the ATN serves as the AIR-P.

Donna Murray
Donna Murray, PhD
VP of Science
Angie Fedele
Angie Fedele
Director of Operations,
Clinical Programs