The Lord Lab

The Lord Lab seeks to understand autism, from how it affects people across the lifespan to how to assess it. 


Research from the Lord Lab investigates a wide range of topics surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental conditions, with a few key emphases:

  1. Developing assessment tools
  2. Learning patterns and outcomes of individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

Psychologist Dr. Catherine Lord, PhD, leads the Lord Lab through an exceptional team of post-docs, students, staff researchers, and volunteers. 

Dr. Lord is perhaps best known for co-developing the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS and ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI and ADI-R), which together are considered "the gold standard" for the diagnosis of ASD. In addition to their ongoing work with these assessments, members of the Lord Lab team co-develop and study innovative assessment tools, such as the Brief Observation of Social Communication Chance (BOSCC), a sensitive measure meant to capture subtle changes in behaviors over a short period of time. 

The Lord Lab is also known for conducting the longest-running longitudinal study on ASD known to research. The Longitudinal Study of Development has gathered information from more than 200 families for 30 years.

The Lord Lab is immensely grateful to the families and invididuals who have committed their time to these studies. Their contributions make this work possible. 

You can read more about the work emerging from the Lord Lab here


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