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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. 

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) are available for purchase.

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

Prerequisite Training

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

2021 Schedule

GAIN Webinars will be held from 12:45pm-2:15pm EST (11:45am-1:15pm CST, 10:45am-12:15am MST, 9:45am-11:15am PST).

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

Purchase GAIN 2021

Fees & Registration:

The 2021 fee for each 3-month module series is $60.00


  • 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.

GAIN Archived Webinars

2019 & 2020 GAIN archived webinar modules are available for a fee of $60 per module series.  After purchase, participants can view the archived modules for a period of one year. 

Purchase GAIN Archive 2020

Purchase GAIN Archive 2019

Refunds will not be issued for cancellations, continuing medical education, discount codes not used at the time of purchase or no-shows.  Please contact for more information.


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 or 914-997-4843.