STAR Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The Service, Training, Advocacy and Research (STAR) Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders combines clinical excellence with innovative research. We provide services and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). Our goal is to lead the way to better understand, treat, and promote the well-being of people with ASD and other NDDs by providing support across the lifespan, conducting research, training future professionals and educating the public.

The clinic combines ongoing clinical research, cutting-edge diagnostic procedures specific to the autistic spectrum disorders and individualized treatment plans. We have a special focus on the diagnosis of children younger than 3 years of age, but we serve the entire autistic population through the school years into adulthood.

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Our Services

Clinical Assessment, Psychoeducation and Behavioral Consultation

In accordance with the California Diagnostic Best Practice Standards, our experts conduct an in-depth developmental history, play session and cognitive assessment with each child. Symptom-specific treatment plans and behavioral interventions are then developed based on the autistic learning disability approach. In developing a treatment plan, we focus on the entire family and use a range of methodologies and evidence-based treatment strategies. We also partner with school and community based providers.

Currently, the autism clinic's comprehensive diagnostic program with psychological testing is on hold. Psychiatric evaluations and referrals for further medical evaluations will continue.

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To make an appointment, please call the number below for any necessary forms and have your child's pediatrician or specialist fax the forms back to us.

Getting Here

STAR Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 502-3500
Fax: (415) 502-6361

What to Bring

  • Copies of previous evaluations
  • Completed medical forms that we will mail to you ahead of time
  • Insurance card

Research and Clinical Trials


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit,

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Our Team

Somer Bishop
Somer Bishop, PhD
Whitney Ence
Whitney Ence, PhD
Robert Hendren
Robert Hendren, DO
Young Shin Kim
Bennett Leventhal
Bennett Leventhal, MD
Katy Ankenman
Tara Rooney
Tara Rooney, MA
Speech-language pathologist