The NODA Clinician Network
Help us improve access to high quality diagnosis for families in need across the country.
Join the U.S. wide network
NODA was developed with NIMH funding to improve access to developmental evaluations for all families in every state. After more than a decade of research on development, validation, and translation into multiple languages, we are bringing the power of NODA to the entire United States. If you are interested in helping us improve access to diagnosis for families, join our network.
We are seeking licensed psychologists and medical professionals who have experience with evaluating individuals of all ages and diagnosing autism spectrum disorder. We offer a flexible, streamlined system that efficiently utilizes your expertise and our technology to evaluate our clients. Generous compensation is offered for work performed on your schedule.
You will be scheduled with our Medical Director for a program overview, Clinician Requirements are below the research section
The idea for NODA originated with a team of expert clinicians and autism researchers who were using Behavior Imaging’s technology to support parents as they were delivering intervention in their home. Parents would record videos and upload them to Behavior Imaging, where they were securely stored and accessed by the clinician. Using our patented tagging system, the clinician would watch the video and insert comments about the parent’s intervention technique at the precise moment in the video. After all videos were tagged, parents would access the same video and read the clinician’s comments. This helped parents maintain fidelity of intervention just as well as in-person training without ever leaving their home.
Investigating the Accuracy of a Novel Telehealth Diagnostic Approach for Autism Spectrum Disorder
A Novel System for Supporting Autism Diagnosis Using Home Videos: Iterative Development and Evaluation of System Design
Accelerating autism diagnosis using asynchronous telehealth technology
What is tagging? Tagging allows the clinician to pause a video and insert a preset descriptor to label a behavior of interest.
The team using the technology for this research were also experts at conducting behavioral observation assessments for the diagnosis of autism. They developed a hypothesis that diagnosticians could see enough behavior in videos that were captured in the home (the child’s natural environment), to satisfy diagnostic criteria for autism. They pilot tested their theory by selecting five individuals at random from their database and had a clinician tag the videos with symptoms that satisfied the current diagnostic criteria for autism. This work was presented in a poster at the International Meeting for Autism Research in 2011.
The next step was to formally develop this novel diagnostic system. Behavior Imaging led this effort by applying for funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and collaborating with researchers at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and Georgia Institute of Technology. A grant was issued to develop and validate the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment (NODA).
After the technology was developed, acceptability and feasibility were investigated among a group of diagnostic experts. The results were extremely positive, and a manuscript was prepared and accepted for publication.
Next, a small validation study was conducted to compare the diagnostic determination from the NODA clinician to the results of the gold-standard in-person evaluation. Results showed agreement between the two methods in 87% of children who were evaluated. A manuscript providing details of this study was published in 2015.
Further studies, sponsored by NIMH, indicated that NODA can significantly decrease the time from screening to diagnosis for families living rural regions of Arizona and Georgia. This manuscript was submitted for publication.
Additional modifications were made to make NODA more accessible to all families. It was translated into Spanish, Japanese, Swedish and Arabic. NODA was used in a large-scale epidemiological study through Saudi Arabia.
The latest improvements, including BI Live, which incorporates “real time video interaction” including our tagging and reporting were also funded by NIMH. This technology helps to create an efficient method of collecting information from a client or caregiver that is incorporated directly into the final evaluation report.
We hope this page documents that NODA is a science backed, peer-reviewed, evidence-based technology for improving accessibility of diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder.
We want to leverage your expertise to provide diagnosis to our clients based on information collected and shared with you through our technology.
NODA relies heavily on the expertise of the clinician. Once a client/caregiver is either referred or connects with NODA directly, we will assign a clinician in the related state. Our Navigator will guide the family through our intake process, completing standardized assessments, and collecting and uploading clinically relevant videos with our guidance. Our highly trained and experienced psychometricians will review the videos, tag, and prepare a DSM-5 ASD summary for your review. You will have access to all of this information to review before your appointment with the client/caregiver.
To be a NODA Clinician, evidence of experience must be provided to our team for review. We would need to see 3 redacted diagnostic reports that were prepared by you for a client seeking an evaluation. After approval by our team, we will send a contract for your review.
Your primary responsibility will be to review information collected and processed by our navigator and psychometricians. You will formulate questions for the client or caregiver that you have based on the review of information provided. Our navigator will connect you with the client/caregiver through our state-of-the-art technology. You will be able to ask many questions as you need to satisfy your clinical judgment. Then, you will provide feedback to explain the diagnosis and next steps.
Our system will incorporate information provided by the client/caregiver, psychometricians, standardized assessments and notes that you collected during the evaluation. You will have full authority to review and edit the final comprehensive report. Then, you can electronically sign the NODA report and click submit.
We estimate this will require 2 to 4 hours of your time which is scheduled completely according to your schedule. Because of our technology and our approach, you can do non client facing time on nights, weekends, or whenever you want. Our system is available 24/7. You can see 1 client a month, or 50. It is completely up to you.
Our goal is to have enough licensed clinicians in every state to serve each client within 2 months from the point of contact with our navigator. To meet that goal, we are seeking licensed psychologists and medical professionals with experience diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our process in accessible, thorough and efficient, yet it leverages the expertise of our clinicians.
You can become part of the NODA Diagnostic Network, help solve a national health crisis, without stopping your current career. Give us as few or as many dates as you like. You decide your workload. Some practitioners give us 2 appointments per month while others give us 20. You have the flexibility to say when. Our system is always available.
If this sounds like you, and you are interested in helping to solve this national health crisis, please complete the “schedule today” form and we will schedule a meeting with our Medical Director for a complete program overview.
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