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Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R) Introductory Online Workshop

About the workshop

The Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) is a widely used, standardized assessment tool for establishing autism diagnoses. The comprehensive interview, which can be administered in person or via telehealth using videoconferencing, allows clinicians and researchers to collect valuable information about an individual’s behaviours and developmental history to evaluate possible symptoms of autism.

Workshop goals:
  • Learn the fundamentals of ADI-R administration and scoring
  • Practice ADI-R coding through observation of two ADI-R administrations and detailed coding discussions
  • Develop practical skills in using and interpreting ADI-R algorithms and classifications
  • Explore the clinical use of the ADI-R (e.g., report writing), its psychometric properties, and associated research
What is unique about our ADI-R workshops?
  • Workshops are kept small to allow for discussion and questions
  • Our team has extensive experience with a wide range of ages and populations, including working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations, and we bring this experience to all our workshops.
  • We believe that the context in which diagnostic tools are used is important - we welcome discussion about attendees’ own clinical or research context so we can offer advice on best practices and helpful adaptations.
  • All workshops are led by certified trainers.



These workshops are offered in either English or French.


Who can attend

  • New and experienced clinicians, researchers, and students who would like to learn about and gain additional skills in diagnosing autism using the ADI-R
  • International and Canadian participants are welcome


Workshop dates

  • This online workshop is offered over 6 half-days. It is not equivalent to the ADI-R Advanced/Research Workshop, which only takes place in person.
  • Participants must attend all sessions.



Accreditation ensures participants that the activities in which they take part in meet McGill University's high educational standards.

More information coming soon. 


Who can attend
  • New and experienced clinicians, researchers, and students who would like to learn about and gain additional skills in diagnosing autism using the ADI-R
  • International and Canadian participants


Workshop fee

Regular Fee: $1,250 CAD + taxes


  • Early registration is encouraged as spaces are limited.
  • After completing the registration form, information on submitting payment will be sent to you.
  • Your spot is secured upon completing both registration and payment.
  • We reserve the right to cancel workshops in the case of insufficient attendance.


About the trainer

Mandy Steiman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, specializes in the assessment of autism and associated diagnoses. She received an undergraduate degree at McGill University, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Steiman has held positions at the McGill University Health Centre, working with complex and diverse clinical populations and leading multi-disciplinary teams. For over 15 years, she has served as a clinical site leader for numerous multi-site and longitudinal research studies.

Dr. Steiman trains students and professionals from a wide range of disciplines in diagnostic assessment for both research and clinical purposes. She is a certified trainer for diagnostic tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R). Her goal is to train professionals to provide high quality, evidence-based care while employing an empathic and collaborative approach with patients and their families.


About the workshop facilitator (only for French workshops)

Noémie Hébert-Lalonde, PhD, Neuropsychologist, specializes in neurodevelopmental conditions present in children and young adults.

Hébert-Lalonde obtained her doctoral degree from the Université de Montréal in 2014. She also holds a Certificate in Neuropsychological Assessment and has received advanced training in the use of the ADOS-2 in her clinical and research practices.


What participants had to say

“The videos were an integral part of my learning process. As with any new practice or measure, reading the manual and attending a workshop give foundational knowledge, but the coding videos allow for practical application, and the opportunity to iron out habits (good or bad) prior to use. Plus, [certified trainer] Mandy [Steiman]'s transparency in her coding practices gave room for learning, and a platform to feel comfortable asking questions.”

- Erika, Psychological Associate (Kingston, Ontario)

"Although I have several years of experience in autism through my work in research, the ADOS-2 and ADI-R training really helped me gained more clinical knowledge and gave me the opportunity to better contextualize my work."

- Charles-Olivier, Clinical Research Coordinator (Laval, Quebec)

“It was wonderful to see such a skillful administration of the ADI-R on two occasions with real parents of autistic children. The independent coding process and subsequent coding discussions were especially helpful to my clinical practice, as I now understand the codes in a more nuanced way. I also feel that I will be more skillful in my own administration of the ADI-R after having viewed two administrations, engaged in the coding process, and participated in the coding discussions.”

- Kelsey, Clinical Psychologist (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)

"I really appreciated how candid the trainer was about the difficulties of administering the ADI-R, even for seasoned administrators. I also absolutely love the bits of the workshop where there was parents' feedback regarding the interview process and what they wished could be improved on.”

- Christabel, Psychologist (Singapore)


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Site-specific workshops

To inquire about offering an ADI-R workshop exclusively for your staff, please acar-training.neuro [at] (subject: Site-specific%20ADOS-2%20workshop%20request) (contact us) at acar-training.neuro [at] Note that we can accommodate a small number of requests, and those from our network are prioritized.


Building a community of shared expertise

ADI-R training workshops are part of our Clinical Capacity Building Program – the first of its kind in Quebec.

The program's annual professional development opportunities help to enhance the skills of autism professionals and build a community of shared learning, support and expertise.

Learn more about our program


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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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