Principal author of the ADOS-2, Dr. Lord is director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, she directed the Autism and Communication Disorders Center at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lord has chaired the Committee on the Effectiveness of Early Intervention in Autism for the National Research Council, and currently serves on the DSM-5 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Committee. She received her PhD in psychology and social relations from Harvard University.
Throughout her career, Dr. Lord has worked to improve the way autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed and treated. She is currently developing an ADOS module for adolescents and adults with limited verbal skills, as well as an assessment of spontaneous, functional language in children with ASD. In addition, she is studying therapies for children on the autism spectrum and conducting longitudinal research that follows individuals with autism from age 2 into adulthood.