Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center

Our mission

The Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center is the only comprehensive hospital-based and university affiliated treatment center engaging in clinical research and outreach activities in the state of Indiana. All of our physicians and psychologists are faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. As part of the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Center is a teaching institution dedicated to bringing the most current and accurate information to its professionals, students, and consumers. Interventions are based on the individual goals and objectives of caregivers. Services are provided to individuals across the autism spectrum, including individuals of all ages, language abilities, and overall developmental levels. The general goal is to help children and adults with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their potential and to participate as fully as possible in family, school, and community life.

Who do we serve?

We serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) of all ages, abilities, and developmental levels.

Who are our providers?

Our faculty are nationally renowned researchers and practitioners recognized for their dedication to patient care. Our physicians are studying new and developing psychopharmacological treatment options, while our psychologists are trained in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on parent training.

Our History and Community

In 2004, the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center received 1.86 million dollars in federal funding at the close of the 106th Congress. These funds allowed for the construction of a new facility, as well as the expansion of clinical services, research efforts, and ultimately, the treatment of more individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a part of Indiana University School of Medicine, The Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center is dedicated to bringing the most current and accurate information to its mental health professionals and students. We are located in the Riley Hospital for Children, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus in downtown Indianapolis. Riley Hospital, which has been serving Indiana's children for over 78 years, is one of the five largest children's hospitals in the United States and is ranked nationally as one of the top children's hospitals in the country. IUPUI is the third largest college campus in Indiana and one of the country's premiere urban campuses. Riley Hospital and the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center are proud members of the Clarian Health Partnership.

More facts about the Center:

Since its inception in 1997, the Center has been active in research sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Education, private foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.

Investigator-initiated research funded by NIMH and conducted at the Center and four other Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) led to FDA-approval of risperidone for irritability associated with autism.

The Center has NIMH-funded project grants to study various treatments in autism, and has been active in collaborating on other large multi-site, federally funded research.

The Center has also been awarded competitive grants from Autism Speaks, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), and the Fragile X Research Association (FRAXA).

The Center frequently consults on and participates in industry-sponsored clinical trials aiming to discover new treatments for autism.

The Center partners with the Indiana Department of Education and IU Health to provide research-based training and education to school personnel working with individuals with autism.

The Center is on the forfront of novel treatment development for autism and related disorders. The Center faculty work closely with the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation to manage the Intellectual Property generated during this work.

The Center faculty collaborate with the Indiana Division of Developmental Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) to provide clinical services for persons with developmental disorders and additional mental illness.


The Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center is part of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. For more information about the Department of Psychiatry, please visit

Riley Hospital for Children | 705 Riley Hospital Drive, ROC 4300 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 944-8162 | Fax: (317) 948-0609