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The History of Research at DDI

During its history, DDI has participated in a multitude of important research projects that demonstrate the effectiveness of positive interventions for individuals with autism and related disorders. Many of these early projects were led by Dr. Edward Carr, who was affiliated with DDI for over 30 years, and a renowned leader in the field of autism and related disabilities. The outcomes of Dr. Carr’s pioneering research in areas such as functional behavior assessment, functional communication training, and positive behavior support provided a foundation for DDI’s approach to education and intervention methods.


In more recent years, DDI has cultivated relationships with other esteemed researchers, including those from Stony Brook University, Queens College, Hofstra University, Long Island University, St. John’s University, and Fordham University. Additionally, DDI frequently approves requests from graduate students at these institutions to conduct thesis and dissertation research at DDI.  Study participants have included individuals served by DDI and their families or staff. 


DDI also strives to promote opportunities for its employees to conduct research, either independently, or in partnership with local colleges and universities. Refer to the section on Research Activity at DDI for a sample of past and current research projects that have been conducted within DDI programs.