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Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation

The Bernier Lab’s Dr. Jen Gerdts, lead author of ‘Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation: An Effective Method for the Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder,’ discusses the paper and the Team Evaluation in a video abstract on the Journal of Developmental and behavioral Pediatrics.  Follow the link below to watch her interview!

“Lead author, Jennifer Gerdts, PhD, discusses the rationale for developing a streamlined and efficient interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at Seattle Children’s Autism Center (SCAC). Dr. Gerdts compares diagnostic outcomes, follow-up care rates, provider satisfaction, billed time, and reimbursement amounts in interdisciplinary teams to those of more traditional psychology-led and physician-led models. She also suggests benefits of this diagnostic approach for families of children with ASD.”

Follow this link to read the full article!

Gerdts, JA, Mancini, J, Fox, E, Rhoads, C, Ward, T, Easley, E, Bernier, R. (2018). Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation for the Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. PMID: 29346136.


CMA Today: Autism – Making Sense of a Complicated Condition

The Bernier Lab’s Dr. Jen Gerdts was interviewed for an article by CMA Today, a bimonthly journal by the American Association of Medical Assistants.  The article, ‘Autism: Making Sense of A Complicated Condition’, by Mark Harris, discusses screening and diagnostic tools for Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as techniques for approaching care.  Find the PDF to the article below!

CMA Today Jan Feb 2018

40th Annual Festival of Trees Gala Recap:

A few weeks ago, the 40th Annual Festival of Trees Gala took place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle! Seattle Children’s employees and supporters had a blast raising money for the Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Check out the link for more news and pictures from the festivities here:


Don’t forget to view this video shown at the Gala, giving you an inside look at the kind of work the Seattle Children’s Autism Center does. Featuring a few families who kindly gave us a glimpse into their experiences with the team, the video captures the essence of the impact the Children’s community has :


Come Participate! Genetics Research and Pirates- What could be better?

Our Research Team is hosting a PIRATE-THEMED Research Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2nd!  Families interested in participating in autism genetics research will have the opportunity to complete 1-2 research studies in a single day!

The SPARK and PANGEA studies are exploring genetic differences related to autism.  Families who attend the family fun day will be able to complete online registration and saliva collection for SPARK and/or a blood draw for PANGEA.  There will be food, games, prizes, parking, and childcare available!  To RSVP to this event, please contact the research team at 206-987-7917 or at

WHAT: Fun, research participation event for families

WHEN: Saturday, December 2 from 9am to 5pm

WHERE: Seattle Children’s Autism Center, 4909 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

THEME: Pirates and Buried Treasure!