National University of Ireland, Galway
The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) is an interdisciplinary research centre that is dedicated, through rigorous scientific research, to the advancement of knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and its implications for individuals, families and society. ICAN’s principle investigators are academics from the Schools of Psychology, Medicine, Psychiatry and the Institute of Regenerative Medicine (REMEDI).
ICAN at NUIG launched the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2006. This programme provides high-level professional training to autism and intellectual disability practitioners. To date, 90 students have graduated and are employed in a variety of settings, including: behaviour specialists within the Health Service Executive; family support workers for children with behavioural disorders and consultants to early intervention programmes. Dr. Geraldine Leader established a PhD programme in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2008. Graduates from the PhD programme are qualified to work across the full spectrum of applied settings (educational, clinical and academic) as certified practitioners, researchers, and educators. There are currently 12 students registered on this programme.
ICAN is located within the shared environment of the new Lifecourse Institute with the Child and Family Research Centre, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy and the Centre for Social Gerontology.