Denise Juliano-Bult serves as chief of Systems Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. She is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of research on effective services for people with severe mental illness and, since 2003, has been the NIMH lead on developing a research portfolio on the effectiveness of autism services across the life-span. In 2010, Juliano-Bult led the development of three program announcements to solicit research applications to address:
1) the effectiveness of screening, diagnosis and linkage to autism treatments for children aged 0-2 years
2) pilot projects to develop service strategies to support the transition to adulthood for people with ASD
3) pilot project to develops service delivery strategies for adults with autism.
The latter two announcements have just been reissued for a second time. Juliano-Bult also works in collaboration with an economist colleague to foster studies on the financing of autism services.