About RAB Lab

Welcome to the Research in Autism and the Brain Lab (RAB Lab).  Previously known as the “Bernier Lab,” we have updated our name and continue to research cognitive, behavioral, neural and genetic differences among ASD.

The Research on Autism and the Brain Lab is located at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington and the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. We receive funding from NIH, the Simons Foundation and Autism Speaks to investigate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

The RAB Lab has been actively involved in autism research for many years focusing on etiology, neuroscience and behavior. Founded by Dr. Raphael Bernier, and our research team includes Principal Investigators and staff from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Our team is currently conducting a wide range of research studies for both children and adults with ASD at both our UW and Seattle Children’s sites, including Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Please see our Research Studies page to find out more about our current and past research studies!

Our Mission: Our goal is to make research accessible and applicable for our families. Each person’s research contribution is essential in informing our understanding of neurodevelopmental differences, which helps us continue to identify innovative ways to improve care for individuals and families.

Methodology: Here in the lab and in collaboration with other scientific leaders in the field we employ a range of methods in our scientific approach including:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
  • Comprehensive behavioral assessment
  • Comprehensive neuropsychological examination
  • Medical history and examination
  • Dysmorphology
  • Neuroimaging (EEG, ERP, fMRI, MRS)
  • Genetic sequencing, including microarray, targeted, whole exome, and whole genome sequencing

Our lab is located in the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. Directions to the lab are located here.