University of Missouri
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211

About the Thompson Center

The University of Missouri

Welcome to the Thompson Center

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment at the University of Missouri is a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism spectrum disorder & other developmental conditions through its collaborative research, training and service programs.


The mission of the Thompson Center is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders through world class programs that integrate research, clinical service delivery, education and public policy.


The Thompson Center will lead the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders as a model of collaborative best practices in evidence-based care, translational research, and training excellence.


The Thompson Center was inaugurated in 2005 with a generous gift from William and Nancy Thompson. Based on the medical home model, Thompson Center diagnostic, assessment and treatment services emphasize family-centered care that is comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and accessible for all. Our aim is to support families from the point of initial contact through access to needed services in the community, with routine follow-up care over time to ensure the best possible outcome for each child and family.

Culture of Excellence

To support our mission and vision we cultivate and promote an internal culture of excellence.  We strive for excellence across our center through professionalism, initiative, and quality.