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Clinical Services at Rush Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center


Clinical services at the Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center include comprehensive assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, bridging gaps to create a seamless continuum of evidence-based care.

What the AARTS Center provides

Clinical research programs: The AARTS Center is dedicated to developing and evaluating treatments for core and associated symptoms of ASDs across the lifespan.

  • Treatment research includes behavioral, medication and integrated treatments, through validation of commonly used treatments as well as development of novel treatment.
  • Active studies include treatments targeting socialization and neurocognitive deficits in children with ASDs.
  • Current studies
Clinical Team

Natalie Forburger, MA, LPC, is the director of the Autism Resource Center. She is an Illinois-licensed professional counselor who is committed to building sustainable and productive relationships with the community to share the information to better treat and improve the quality of life for children and adolescents with autism.

Ann Hermes-Tudor, LCSW, is the AARTS Center’s outreach director. She previously served as the director of social service for a residential agency. In this role, she not only provided supportive and therapeutic services to residents and their families but also worked as a liaison between the Home and the community. Ms. Hermes Tudor also has extensive experience providing therapy to children and their families

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, is an adolescent psychiatrist and sociologist. In the AARTS Center he serves as a clinician and also as a member of the research team. He has particular interests in underserved and vulnerable populations — especially during the transitional age from adolescence to young adulthood. His research focuses on the effects of social context on behavior, and the ways that these can be impacted with social, psychological and medical interventions. He has also published extensively in cultural psychiatry brings this experience to the AARTS team.

Louis J. Kraus, MD, is the chief of the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Woman's Board Professor of Child Psychiatry. Much of Kraus' work focuses on child and adolescent psychiatry and the law, clinical interventions and autism, as well as education work and advocacy for children.

Rachel Loftin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and clinical director of the AARTS Center. Loftin specializes in evaluations, consultation and interventions for individuals with ASD of all ages. She has extensive training in the instruments used to diagnose, as well as expertise in educational, behavioral and social interventions.

Thomas Owley, MD, is a psychiatrist and the medical director of the AARTS Center. His specialty is pharmacological treatment of patients affected with ASD across the lifespan. He has been led numerous pharmacological and pharmacogenetic investigations in autism with existing and novel medications.

Latha Soorya, PhD, BCBA, is a clinical psychologist and research director of the AARTS center. Soorya has expertise in behavioral interventions for people with ASD. Together with the AARTS team, Soorya will help develop research programs for AARTS focused on improving treatments for core and associated symptoms of ASD.

Sarah Youngkin, MPH, is a clinical research coordinator within the AARTS Center. She coordinates and supports medication, behavioral and combined treatment research studies within AARTS. She is also trained to administer diagnostic assessments for individuals with ASD and has been working with families with autism for over 10 years.

Learn more about the AARTS Center.

Contact Name Natalie Forburger, LPC
Contact Phone  (312) 563-2272
Contact E-mail


AARTS Treatment and Consultation:
Rush Westgate Building
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-6637

AARTS Research:
Rush West Campus
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5431

Search our list of Rush physicians specializing in psychiatry and related areas or contact us at (312) 942-7473 to schedule an appointment today.

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