The UNR Early Childhood Autism Program was co-founded in 1995 by Drs. Patrick M. Ghezzi and Sidney W. Bijou, with technical assistance provided in the early years by Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas and his staff at the UCLA Clinic for the Behavioral Treatment of Children. It is the first and still the only university-based early intensive behavioral intervention program for young children with autism in the state of Nevada, and is one of a handful of such programs in the United States and in the world.

The UNR Early Childhood Autism Program operates out of the Department of Psychology and through the award winning and fully accredited Behavior Analysis Program. It is also a Behavior Analysist Certification Board (BACB) training site for students involved in the science and practice of behavior analysis.