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Lurie Center for Autism

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism and autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome and developmental delays. It is the clinical arm of the Lurie Center for Autism, which also has research, advocacy and training programs.


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The Lurie Center for Autism is an integrated and multidisciplinary clinical, research, training and advocacy program dedicated to treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders. Our mission is to treat individuals and support their families across the lifespan. The Lurie Center is the primary clinical care and clinical research site implementing the broader goals of the Lurie Center for Autism.

The Lurie Center is born out of a philosophy that people with developmental disabilities deserve to be viewed as individuals, each with personal patterns of talents and challenges. We strongly believe each individual deserves the opportunity for access to the quantity and quality of services needed to reach his or her full potential, regardless of economic, social or ethnic background.

We are a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental conditions. Individuals seeking evaluation or services for the following conditions are frequently referred to the Lurie Center:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorders-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and autistic disorder
  • Developmental delays
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Rett’s disorder
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Tourette's disorder
  • Williams syndrome
  • Other neurological conditions.

We specialize in caring for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders with complex profiles who may also have accompanying conditions such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, sleep problems, gastrointestinal conditions, and many other physical or cognitive concerns.

Our physicians evaluate patients and develop a comprehensive plan for each patient which can be shared with the caregiver, referring physician, school and/or community program. Care is taken to help the family locate appropriate resources.

Collaborative Partners 

Meet the Team

Lurie Center for Autism Director

Lurie Center Medical Director

Lurie Center Clinical Director, Non-Physician Services

Our Providers


Medical Assistants

Family Support Specialists

Senior Behavioral Consultant

Education Specialist

MGH Patient Navigator for Autism

Our on-site Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy Services are provided by Spaulding Rehabilitation specialists:

See Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children Lexington

About this Program

Programs and Therapies

Our mission is to treat individuals and support their families across the lifespan.

The Lurie Center is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is the clinical arm of the Lurie Center for Autism, which also has research, advocacy and training programs.

The Lurie Center clinical model combines evaluation and treatment by physicians, psychologists, and nurse practitioners in collaboration with other professionals involved in the individual’s care, including educational consultants, behavioral consultants, speech-language pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists. Our unique approach is applied not only to diagnosis but also to identifying the most appropriate interventions and therapies for each patient’s special needs. The multidisciplinary model further offers the opportunity for the care team to more effectively communicate and learn from each other to improve complex clinical care.

Our goal is to provide services for individuals across the lifespan at our Lexington clinic or through referral to other resources.

Evaluation and Services Overview

Patient Resources


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"Assessment of Walking Routes as a Possible Approach for Promoting Physical Activity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Brief Report", July, 2019, Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Nicolas M. Oreskovic, Ann M. Neumeyer, Michael P. Duggan & Karen A.Kuhlthau

"Let's Raise Awareness About Autism" video series, April, 2019, MGH Lurie Center
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the Lurie Center for Autism produced an educational video series.  These videos, featuring our own clinicians and experts, were created to raise awareness of common challenges and symptoms experienced by autistic people.  

"Why We Need a Better Awareness of How Autism Spectrum Disorder Differs in Women", 4/23/19, Mass General Research Institute Blog post
New research from the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses increasing awareness of gender-specific differences in ASD to improve early diagnosis rates and identify better treatment strategies for female patients. The recent article published in Current Psychiatry Reports, is summarized and discussed in this blog post.  

Lurie Center & MGH Aspire staff published in new SAGE Encyclopedias - 3/16/2018, MGH Lurie Center & MGH Aspire
We are delighted to announced that numerous staff members of the Lurie Center and MGH Aspire have authored chapters of the 2018 SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental DisordersClick here to see the full list of authors.

New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience through Lurie Center research project - 3/6/2018, Harvard Medical School
In affiliation with McLean Hospital, new research relating to immune system activation during prenatal and early postnatal development and its impact on the development of autism spectrum disorder has just been published in The Journal of Neuroscience through the Lurie Center for Autism research project. Christopher J. McDougle, MD, Director of the Lurie Center, co-authored the research.

London Family Looks to Emulate the Lurie Center's Model in the UK and Beyond 
When Malik Dahlan and Sarah Yamani noticed their third son, Hamza, was not progressing at the same rate as his older brothers, they were on a quest to find answers and resources. Soon they were pointed to the Lurie Center for Autism. 

Making the Hospital Accessible for Individuals with Autism - 12/31/2016
The growing number of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prompted Massachusetts General Hospital to initiate the Autism Care Collaborative (ACC). With the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation, the ACC team set forth to build awareness of the needs of people with autism.

17-year-old with autism creates exceptional art - 2/21/2015, Mass General
At first glance, it looks like Dominic Killiany is an ordinary 17-year-old. He lives with his mother and sister in Watertown, MA. He goes to a private school for children with autism, listens to music and takes part in a private gymnastics class. But Dominic also has an extraordinary talent — he’s a young artist with autism. 

At Seat at the Table raises funds for autism - 2/21/2015, Mass General
A Seat at the Table took place on November 4 with cooking sensation Ina Garten, known to her legions of fans as the Barefoot Contessa. The event offered an intimate dining experience at Boston's Mandarin Oriental, and benefited Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Lurie Center for Autism.

Help us discover new ways to treat the symptoms of autism - 2/21/2015, Research
The Lurie Center's Research Program offers children, adolescents and adults a unique opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research studies. Learn how you can participate in an exciting study that is exploring a new autism treatment. This new treatment could potentially treat autism's core symptoms, including impaired communication and social skills.



Learn more about the Lurie Center Providers by watching their video below!

Lurie Center for Autism Director

Lurie Center Medical Director

Our Providers

Family Support Specialists

Senior Behavioral Consultant

Education Specialist 



Lurie Center for Autism Research

The mission of the Lurie Center for Autism is to advance knowledge of the causes of and treatments for autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders and rapidly translate these discoveries into exceptional clinical care over a lifetime.


The Lurie Center for Autism is involved in collaborations with basic science researchers from around the globe to discover the fundamental causes of autism.  At the Lurie Center, our Lexington based clinic that provides clinical care and clinical research, we offer children and adults with autism spectrum disorders an opportunity to participate in clinical research that provides unprecedented access to new and promising treatment options. 

At the Lurie Center, we integrate research into our clinical practice.  We partner with individuals and families to incorporate groundbreaking research into the heart of our clinical practice. With participation in research, our study volunteers join an important partnership with the research community and contribute to increasing knowledge of autism and related disorders.



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Read about our current Lurie Center projects that are seeking volunteers:           

To learn more about currently available research opportunities at the Lurie Center, please contact our research office: LurieCenterResearch@partners.org or call us at 781.860.1711

For more information about clinical research participation, visit the following links.


Contact Us

Lurie Center for Autism

1 Maguire Road Lexington, MA 02421
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 781-860-1700
  • Fax: 781-860-1766
  • Email Us


  • 8:30AM – 5:00PM

*To access public transportation, the bus stops on the corner of Bedford St and Hartwell Ave.   Walk approximately 5 blocks on Hartwell, turn right on to Maguire Rd.  Lurie Center is on the corner of Hartwell Ave. and Maguire Rd.

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 781-860-1700.

Physicians may call 781-860-1704.

To sign up for our e-mail list of research study opportunities and Lurie Center events, please click here.

To contact the MGH Aspire Program, please call 781-860-1900.


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