The Help Group – UCLA Autism Alliance and The Help Group – UCLA Neuropsychology Program Furthering Research and Practice


The Help Group is proud of its innovative research and training partnership with the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

The Alliance is an innovative partnership between The Help Group and the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, established in 2007 by Dr. Peter Whybrow, UCLA Semel Institute Director Emeritus and Dr. Barbara Firestone, Pres. & CEO The Help Group. It is dedicated to enhancing and expanding clinical research, education and treatment of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and to contributing to the development, greater understanding and use of evidence based best practices.


The Help Group – UCLA Neuropsychology Program, established in 2000 by the late Dr. Paul Satz founder of the Neuropsychology Program at UCLA’s Semel Institute and Dr. Barbara Firestone, provides comprehensive assessment, testing and diagnosis for children with developmental challenges as well as family conferencing and follow-up services. It also trains post-doctoral fellows from UCLA’s Medical Psychology Assessment Center in pediatric neuropsychology.

Robert Bilder, PhD is the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology; Chief, Division of Psychology; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA; and Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA