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Child and Adolescent NeuroDevelopment Initiative (CANDI)

CANDI is dedicated to biomarker discovery, neuroimaging, and treatment studies of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism and fragile X.

The Child and Adolescent NeuroDevelopment Initiative (CANDI) is a research division of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is dedicated to biomarker discovery, neuroimaging, and treatment studies of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and fragile X.

The Neurobehavioral Technologies program led by Dr. David M Cochran, is also housed within CANDI.  

The CANDI team is led by Dr. Jean A Frazier and Dr. David N Kennedy and is supported by child psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, statisticians, research coordinators, psychologists, and interested volunteers.

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Please see our video about our work in CANDI.


Active Studies

Learn more about the CANDI active research studies.

Research Results

Learn more about the results from the past CANDI research studies.

Education & Training


CANDI Education & Training

We supervise and educate many individuals at various stages of their research training, including residents, fellows, graduate students, medical students, as well as college and high school students.  

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