Panelist: Catherine Lord, PhD
Episodes in which Catherine Lord, PhD appears
Director, University of Michigan
Autism & Communication Disorders
Catherine Lord, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Brain Development, a new autism center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division, a collaborative effort among Weill-Cornell Medical College, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York Center for Autism. Previously she was the director of the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center (UMACC) and the Urie Bronfenbrenner Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics.
She is a clinical psychologist who has worked in Canada and the U.K. and at various universities in the U.S., including the TEACCH program. She was involved in developing standardized diagnostic instruments for ASD [the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) She was the Chair of the Committee on Effectiveness of Early Intervention in Autism for the National Research Council and is currently on the DSM-V Neurodevelopmental Disorders Committee.
In her current position, she provides clinical evaluations, carries out and consults to various interventions and trains university students and professionals in the diagnosis of ASD. Most recently, she has participated in randomized studies of several different preschool interventions. Other recent or current projects include the development of a toddler assessment, creation of a genetic repository for families with a child with autism; the development of a measure of spontaneous, functional language in children with ASD and other language disorders; and a longitudinal study of children diagnosed with autism at age 2 and followed from age 2 into their twenties.