Autism Parent Navigators: Test of a Support Program for Parents

Duration: 2021 - 2025
Funding: National Institute of Child Development and Health
Principal Investigator: Mark Feinberg
Principal Investigator: Robert Hock

Parents sitting on coach with child and talking with a mentor


About 1 in 54 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

Autism Parent Navigators (APN) is an innovative in-home, peer support model for parents with a young child recently diagnosed with ASD. Extensive pilot work over the past three years has generated evidence of feasibility, acceptability, and impact. We will assess the efficacy of APN in a randomized trial with 180 families; test the mediating pathways through which APN impacts outcomes; and assess whether baseline parent characteristics, child characteristics, or program processes moderate outcomes. 

For more information

For information about enrolling in the study, contact Farren Allen,

For questions about the research, contact Dr. Mark Feinberg,

Project Team