The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Our Center

Founded in 2001 by a generous gift from Matt and Debra Cody, the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities provides multidisciplinary clinical services for children and adults with autism and autism spectrum disorders, and educational resources for patients, their families, and professionals. We are a community resource providing social skills and parent training programs, family workshops, and programs to help ease the transition into adulthood; and a center for basic, translational, and clinical research. We offer state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research, and comprehensive, compassionate care to our patients and their families. Serving more than 1,200 families on Long Island, we are a recognized leader in education, training, and research in the region. We provide a wide variety of services to children living with autism.

Led by John C. Pomeroy, MD, the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities provides clinical services such as diagnostic evaluations; access to specialty consultation; reproductive and sexual healthcare; neuropsychological testing; psychiatric treatment; and individual, group, and family counseling.

The Cody Center serves as a resource for the community and our resource center is staffed by social workers and counseling professionals. They help our patients address their educational needs, and arrange for entry into therapeutic, residential, vocational, and recreational programs. Through our Social Skills Training Program, we help children with autism and related disorders develop the skills necessary for successful social interaction and play. Our goal is for children to have the confidence to enjoy success when interacting with their peers and in other social situations. We work closely with each patient's family to identify the specific skills that need improvement and ways to measure success. With a variety of types of training -- individual, single-peer, and group -- children are able to develop social skills gradually and in an environment that's best for them. We also offer family support services such as workshops and community lectures, support groups, and behavioral and educational assistance.

Our Behavioral Services Program helps people with autism and related disorders eliminate inappropriate behaviors and adopt appropriate behaviors. Behavioral elimination includes a functional assessment, behavior intervention plans, and the training of more appropriate replacement behaviors. A number of our programs have received funding from the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Office and include short-term service coordination, home and community respite and recreation programs, and crisis intervention.

The Cody Center Education Institute provides professional training on topics related to ASD, behavioral assessment, social skills training, as well as the transition to adulthood. We offer two tracks of graduate study, one that leads to the credential of Board Certified Behavior Analyst and one that deals with autism programming within educational and social settings. Many educators have limited experience working with students with autism and related disorders, although school districts have the responsibility of educating increasing numbers of students with autism and related disorders. The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders is an approved provider of the New York State Education Department's mandatory 3-hour autism coursework for special education teachers and administrators. We offer the mandated coursework at Stony Brook University as well as at various locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Cody Center faculty members also teach medical students, pediatric and family practice residents, and child psychiatry fellows.

The Cody Center's Autism School Consultation Program has helped more than 30 school districts and human service agencies across Long Island by providing the necessary support, education, and training for educational professionals to help students with autism spectrum disorders thrive in the least restrictive environment. We work with staff members and students in the classroom. Our services include social skills interventions, functional behavioral assessments, development of behavioral intervention plans, and the development of individualized educational plans. In addition, we offer professional development workshops for school districts.

The Cody Center offers two programs that address the needs of students with autism and related disabilities who are college bound. The Summer Pre-College Program, which is located on the Ammerman and Grant Campuses, enables high school students to audit a college class during a three-week period over the summer, and receive daily training in development of academic and social skills necessary to be successful in the college environment. Our College Support Program is located on the Grant Campus and provides additional on-campus academic and social support for students with ASD and related disorders enrolled in courses on the Grant Campus. Resources available include a college coach three days each week, tutoring, mentoring, and social skills training that is focused on college success. After the first term, students are eligible for assistance in exploring careers, obtaining internships, and working with VESID to obtain vocational services such as job coaching and placement.

The Cody Center also engages in basic, translational, and clinical research. Our scientists are using state-of-the-art methods to discover the genetic links to ASD. They are investigating the differences in the brains of people with ASD compared to people without the condition. They are also performing more practical research that focuses on developing behavioral techniques to help ASD patients flourish. Researchers from the Cody Center collaborate with other researchers, including those at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The Cody Center provides comprehensive services to people with ASD, their families, the communities in which they live, and professionals who serve them, including:

  • Specialized diagnostic evaluations for children and adults suspected of having autism or other developmental disabilities

  • Neuropsychological testing

  • Psychiatric services, including medication management

  • Specialty consultation including genetics, neurology, and developmental pediatrics

Sexuality and Reproductive Health Care Services include:

  • Sexuality education groups

  • Reproductive health services for males and females, including family planning and screening for sexually transmitted diseases

  • Community lectures for parents and professionals

Behavioral and Educational Programs include:

  • Educational evaluations

  • School

  • Social skills training

  • Parent training

  • Autism School Consultation Program

  • Workshops

  • Reproductive and sexual health education

Support services we provide include:

  • Home- and Community-Based Respite Programs

  • Non-Medicaid Service coordination

  • Home-Based Crisis Intervention

  • Parent Support Group

  • Grandparent Support Group

  • Sibling Support Group

  • College Support Programs


Supporting Specialists

  • Philip Eisenberg, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor and Director of Psychology Services

We offer our patients tomorrow's treatments today through our many clinical trials. Our patients may elect to participate in ongoing, cutting-edge, clinical research trials that are being conducted at our institution. Participation in a clinical trial can provide patients with access to new research treatments before they are widely available. Click on the following website links to access more information on the current clinical trials offered at Stony Brook University Medical Center:

Office of Clinical Trials:

General Clinical Research Center (GCRC):

Recent Faculty Awards

John C. Pomeroy, MD, Founding Director of the Cody Center, was honored by the Nassau Physician's Foundation as the 2009 Physician of Distinction at its annual gala in May of 2009.

Dr. Pomeroy was also honored as the Health Care Professional of the Year by the Mental Health Association of Suffolk County at their annual dinner reception in October of 2009.

April 25, 2010
5th Annual CODY Walk for Autism