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Autism Inpatient Community

Welcome to IAN, Your Autism Research Home

Researchers are interested in staying in touch with families who participated in the Autism Inpatient Study during their child’s recent hospitalization at one of these sites:

  • Bradley Hospital, East Providence, Rhode Island
  • Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, Maine
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

As addresses and emails change, they don’t want to lose you! Researchers hope to share findings and possibly offer opportunities to take part in future related studies or surveys. The hospital study team is collaborating with the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) to create an online registry and resource for families called the Autism Inpatient Community @ Interactive Autism Network or AIC@IAN.

If you did not participate in the Autism Inpatient Study, you are welcome to peruse the articles here, and, of course, families who did participate are invited to read the features throughout the site.

At AIC@IAN, you will find:

  • Information that you tell us is important to families like yours
  • Special articles to keep you informed about the latest autism research, including studies that were completed using the data you contributed
  • Features about other families who are participating in AIC@IAN and who want to share their experiences with you
  • Articles about the researchers who are working with the study information that you provided

Joining AIC@IAN

If you participated in the Autism Inpatient Study at one of the sites listed above, a coordinator from your site will ask you if you would like to participate in AIC@IAN. If you agree, you will receive an email from AIC@IAN. Just follow the link in that email and register. This will allow us to keep you informed about the research you have participated in and let you know about future research opportunities.

Through AIC@IAN, autism researchers will be able to stay in touch with you and other AIC families. If you have any questions, please contact your Research Coordinator, Jaimie Toroney, at or at 443-923-4153.

Your Research Coordinator

Photo of Research Coordinator Jaimie Toroney, MHSJaimie Toroney, MHS, your AIC@IAN Research Coordinator, is a resource for you, and we hope you will not hesitate to contact her at 443-923-4153 or She can assist with AIC@IAN registration and answer your questions.

Jaimie, who hails from Long Island, NY, has a Master’s degree in Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience from Cornell University. Early in her career, she worked as a developmental habilitation specialist and therapeutic staff support for people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury.

Before joining IAN in 2014, she worked as a data research project manager at the American Urological Association. She also has been senior research program coordinator at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, and has worked on Alzheimer’s disease research.

“I am excited for the opportunity to blend my research and clinical background and apply it towards this incredibly worthy project," she said. "In this technology age, internet-based research makes participation much more convenient and feasible. And participants are a vital aspect in facilitating growth and learning, leading to better outcomes and understanding.”