Welcome to the QUART Centre
The Queen's University Autism Research and Treatment (QUART) Centre is an international research center based in the School of Education at QUB with associations from across QUB, other national and international Universities and Research Centers, and the local and international community.
Our educational philosophy is based on the discipline of Applied Behaviour Analysis. ABA is defined as the application of a science aimed at discovering environmental variables that reliably influence socially significant behavior and for developing procedures that take practical advantage of those discoveries.
Our work focuses mainly on individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related cognitive, emotional, social, and communication difficulties. International research shows that ASD affects an estimated 1:100 people. ASD affects individuals right across the life span. While the exact etiology is still not fully understood, the diagnosis is based on behavioural observations of pervasive difficulties in social interaction, communication, and imagination. Effective interventions can go a long way to mitigate many of these issues and enable people to their full potential.
We conduct research in a number of areas including diagnosis, child/person-centered behavioural interventions, social skills, modern technologies, international policy and practice, parent and professional training.