Learn more about how to participate in our newest study using a virtual reality headset!

Learn more about how to participate in our newest study using a virtual reality headset!

Welcome to DARI

The Dartmouth Autism Research Initiative (DARI) is devoted to understanding the biological expression of autism and neurodiversity to empower individuals to thrive in our community and around the world.


DARI engages deeply with members of the autism community to understand each daily experience. We apply neuroscience techniques to increase our scientific understanding of the brain basis of that experience. DARI brings together leading researchers, clinical resources, and community organizers to realize this goal.


Conduct impactful research to improve the lives of individuals with autism.

Build a strong community of autism research and awareness.

Work with clinicians to make new research discoveries.  


Inspire, educate, and mentor the next generation of researchers.

Meet Dr. Caroline Robertson 
Dr. Caroline Robertson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth and the Director of the Dartmouth Autism Research Initiative (DARI). Dr. Dr. Robertson has had a lifelong devotion to autism research, awareness, and service. At Dartmouth, her team seeks to better understand how people with autism see the world, and what neurodiversity looks like in the brain. In her community, Dr. Robertson is passionate about autism awareness and sensory-friendly environments. She helped to start SensoryUV in 2019.
Before coming to Dartmouth, Dr. Robertson was a postdoctoral research fellow at MIT and Harvard. Dr. Robertson holds a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from Columbia University and a doctorate in Psychiatry from the University of Cambridge.
We are grateful of the support from our funders!
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