Neurobehavioral Phenotyping and Outcomes (Core B)

Facilitates the best fit of tests and measures to answer study questions via test consultation and training, and use of behavioral observational software in both animal and human studies.

  • Test Consultation and Training Services:

    • Assistance in administering and scoring screenings and assessments
    • Training research assistants or coordinators on assessment instruments
    • Direct testing of study participants on a limited basis (5-10) to obtain pilot data or to provide support between grants
    • Consultation on outreach activities that need assessment input
    • Presentations on frequently used or recently renormed assessment measures of broad interest
    • Participation on research teams establishing reliability on autism-specific measures

    Contact: Evon B. Lee, Ph.D.

  • Outcome Measures

    Consultation on potential outcome tools, as well as IDD-specific issues that arise in trials. Can advise on new assessment tools. Also consultation on data collection methods in clinical trials, e.g., smartphones, tablets, SMS technologies.


  • Behavioral Observation/Analytic Services

    Consultations with investigators and development of original software designed for data collection and analysis, while supporting existing software.

    • Software such as MOOSES (Multi-Option Observation System for Experimental Studies), was developed to easily collect and analyze data from any type of real time event. It supports a widespread, multi-dimensional analysis of data, while allowing it to be collected via PC, laptop, handheld or Pocket PC. In addition, the software is fully compatible with ProcoderDV (see below) for collecting data from digital audio and video files. Data collected by this tool allows researchers to make accurate assessments in real time observation systems.

      More about MOOSES

    • Procoder for Digital Video (ProcoderDV) was developed to facilitate the collection of different forms of observational data from digital media files. It allows researchers to more easily observe and document any digital video or audio files that contain events of interest. Data files can be of two general types: event files or transcription files, which can be exported into MOOSES or SALT format, or can be read directly by many popular statistical or spreadsheet programs. In conjunction with ProcoderDV, code files can be used to guide the coder in marking events for later quantification and analysis.

      More about Procoder

    Contact: Jon Tapp

    See also Observational Measurement of Behavior, 2nd Edition (Brookes Publishing, 2018), P. J. Yoder, B. P. Lloyd, & F. J. Symons

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