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Global Autism Interactive Network (GAIN)

Welcome to GAIN!

The Global Autism Interactive Network (GAIN) is a professional development program designed to improve proficiency on the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition) the gold-standard autism diagnostic test, while creating with a network of fellow ADOS-2 implementers. GAIN is a virtual, live training webinar hosted by preeminent national ADOS-2 trainers, Vanessa Bal, Ph.D., Somer Bishop, Ph.D., Amy Esler, Ph.D. and Stephen Kanne, Ph.D.

Meet our GAIN Trainers

Vanessa Bal

Vanessa Bal, Ph.D. - Dr. Vanessa Bal is an Associate Professor and Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey and director of the LifeSPAN ASD Lab. Dr. Bal's research program emphasizes a lifespan perspective to furthering understanding of autism spectrum disorder in adulthood. Her expertise centers on assessment and measurement of clinical behavioral phenotypes in neurodevelopmental disorders to inform interdisciplinary approaches to delineating biological-behavioral associations and characterization of strengths and challenges in autistic adults. 

Somer Bishop

Somer Bishop, Ph.D. - Dr. Somer Bishop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Weill Institute for Neurosciences at the University of California San Francisco. She is a clinical psychologist within the UCSF Center for ASD and NDDs, and participates in comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and adults with ASD and related disorders. Dr. Bishop's research and clinical interests focus on assessment and measurement of social-communication and restricted and repetitive behaviors associated with ASD/NDDs, and how these symptom dimensions are affected by developmental, comorbid emotional/behavioral and contextual factors.

Amy Esler

Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP - Dr. Amy Esler is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and licensed psychologist at the University of Minnesota.  She is the section head of the Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic and leads the Fragile X Clinic. Dr. Esler is an expert diagnostician in autism across the lifespan. Her research and clinical interests focus on prevalence, reducing health disparities in autism, and developing evidence based practices for assessment and care of individuals at the severe end of the autism spectrum.

Stephen Kanne

Stephen Kanne, Ph.D., ABPP - Dr. Kanne is the Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at Weill Cornell Medical School. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and a Professor in the Department of Health Psychology. He received his bachelor's degree and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington University. He completed a clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He then worked for 5 years at St. Louis Children's Hospital as a pediatric neuropsychologist followed by 4 years in the at the University of Missouri specializing in autism and pediatric neuropsychology, before becoming the Director of the Autism Center at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. He returned to the University of Missouri in 2012 as the Executive Director of the Thompson Center, and transitioned to Weill Cornell in 2020. Dr. Kanne's current research interests focus on children with autism, targeting diagnostic tools, outcome measures, behavioral phenotyping, co-occurring symptoms, evidence-based therapies, and subthreshold symptoms. In addition to publishing in the areas of autism, Dr. Kanne has also published in the areas of cognitive neuropsychology, history of neuropsychology, and pediatric traumatic brain injury. Dr. Kanne is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. He also loves to teach and train, providing workshops nationally and internationally in autism. 

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So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, Ph.D. - Dr. So Hyun “Sophy” Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a Director of Clinical and Research Operations at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) and a clinical psychologist. She provides assessment and treatment of children and adults with ASD and related disorders. Dr. Kim's research and clinical interests focus on identification of early behavioral phenotypes and examining developmental trajectories of children with ASD. She is a co-author on language and treatment outcome measures including the Observation of Spontaneous Expressive Language (OSEL), the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change (BOSCC), and the Measure of NDBI Strategy Implementation-Caregiver Change (MONSI-CC).

Special Acknowledgement

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Kourtney Christopher, M.Ed.

We would like to acknowledge Kourtney Christopher, whose vision and determination founded the GAIN program. Kourtney recognized the complexity of administering and coding the ADOS-2 and started brainstorming ways that she and others could be supported in the use of the ADOS. Kourtney took the initiative to bring together a talented group of ADOS trainers and engaged them to share their proficiency of the ADOS with other autism specialists.  Kourtney has provided many hours of support to the GAIN program and we would like to recognize and thank her for her tireless efforts and devotion.

NEW! GAIN Office Hours

The Global Autism Interactive Network (GAIN) is excited to launch an exclusive new service for 2022--GAIN Office Hours.  GAIN Office Hours aim to support GAIN participants in the following areas:

  • ADOS-2 administration & coding questions
  • ADI-R administration & coding questions
  • Strategies and tips to develop appropriate test batteries
  • Tips on approaching complex cases
  • Guidance on how to find information and resources for testing

Office Hours are not case consultations.  Please do not share PHI during Office Hours.  Office Hours are only available to individuals with an active 2022 GAIN subscription.  Office Hours are held on the first Friday of the month from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (12pm-1pm CST, 11am-12pm MST, 10am-11am PST) for a fee of $30.  The $30 fee includes three 1-hour sessions.  Office Hours are not recorded.  The first session is scheduled for Friday, January 7, 2022 and the full list of dates can be found below:

Office Hours – Session 1 (Jan, Feb, Mar)
Fri, January 7, 2022
Fri, February 4, 2022
Fri, March 4, 2022

Office Hours – Session 2 (Apr, May, Jun)
Fri, April 1, 2022
Fri, May 6, 2022
Fri, June 3, 2022

Office Hours – Session 3 (Jul, Aug, Sep)
Fri, July 1, 2022
Fri, August 5, 2022
Fri, September 2, 2022

Office Hours – Session 4 (Oct, Nov, Dec)
Fri, October 7, 2022
Fri, November 4, 2022
Fri, December 2, 2022

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GAIN Office Hours

2022 Schedule

MODULE 4 - $60 
Lead Trainer: Stephen Kanne, Ph.D.
Friday, January 28, 2022
Friday, February 25, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
 
MODULE 1 - $60 
Lead Trainer: Vanessa Bal, Ph.D.
Friday, April 22, 2022
Friday, May 27, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022
 
TODDLER MODULE - $60 
Lead Trainer: Somer Bishop, Ph.D.
Friday, July 22, 2022
Friday, August 26, 2022
Friday, September 23, 2022
 
MODULE 2- $60 
Lead Trainer: Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP
Friday, October 28, 2022
Friday, November 18, 2022
Friday, December 16, 2022

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of each module series GAIN participants should be able to:

  • Describe the administration and intent/purpose of the tasks in the module discussed in the webinar
  • Describe the meaning of the specific codes on the module discussed in the webinar
  • Evaluate their and others’ administration of the ADOS-2 module presented in the webinar

What to Expect

GAIN participants will view and score 2 different ADOS-2 administration videos. GAIN trainers will review ADOS-2 administration guidelines and will discuss the recorded video in detail during each webinar. Scoring data collected from all participants will also be analyzed and reviewed during the webinar. GAIN participants will be able to submit questions, comments and concerns to the GAIN training team which will be reviewed and answered in a separate webinar. GAIN trainers will also review and share relevant research findings with participants.

GAIN offers 4 individual module series which highlight various modules of the ADOS-2 (Toddler Module & Module 1, Module 2, Module 3 and Module 4). Each module series consists of 3 monthly webinars held on the 4th Friday of every month from 12:45pm-2:15pm EST (11:45am-1:15pm CST/10:45am-12:15pm MST/9:45am-11:15am PST). Each webinar is schedule for 90 minutes and includes 60-75 minutes of instructional time. Webinars will be recorded for your viewing convenience.

GAIN Archived webinars from prior years (2019, 2020 and 2021) are available for purchase.

Prerequisite Training

In order to participate in GAIN, you must have attended and completed a clinical ADOS-2 training program.

Fees & Discounts

Fees:

The fee for each 3-month module series is $60.00.  

Group Discounts:  

To request a group discount, please contact Melanie Cabrera at GAIN@med.cornell.edu

  • 10% discount is available to those registering a group of 5 or more individuals from the same institution.  
  • 10% discount is available to those purchasing all 4 modules series.  
  • 20% discount is available to those purchasing all 4 module series for a group of 5 or more individuals from the same institution.

2021 GAIN Archives

Module-Toddler ($60)

Lead Trainer-Stephen Kanne, Ph.D., ABPP

Friday, January 22, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021

Module: 2 ($60)

Lead Trainer: Somer Bishop, Ph.D.

Friday, April 23, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021

Module: 1 ($60)

Lead Trainer: Vanessa Bal, Ph.D.

Friday, July 23, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Friday, September 24, 2021

Module: 3 ($60)

Lead Trainer: Amy Esler, Ph.D., LP

Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021

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2020 GAIN Archives

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2019 GAIN Archives

Purchase GAIN Archive 2019

Disclosures

Western Psychological Services (WPS), publisher of the ADOS-2, does not fund the GAIN program.  GAIN focuses on the ADOS-2 only and will not include explicit training on other instruments.

Dr. Vanessa Bal has no conflicts of interest or relevant financial or non-financial disclosures as related to ADOS-2. Dr. Somer Bishop receives honoraria from WPS as an author of the ADOS-2. This will not influence her discussion and she will not make recommendations for commercial products. She has no non-financial disclosures related to ADOS-2.  Dr. Amy Esler has no conflicts of interest or relevant financial or non-financial disclosures as related to ADOS-2.  Dr. Stephen Kanne has no conflicts of interest or relevant financial or non-financial disclosures as related to ADOS-2.

Contact Us

For more information please contact Melanie Cabrera at GAIN@med.cornell.edu or 914-997-4843.