Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD

Project Title: “Validation of the open-access CRIDI assessment for Latino children in the U.S.”

Despite consensus that early identification and treatment is beneficial to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Latino children are consistently diagnosed at older ages than their white peers. One barrier to early diagnosis is the lack of language-appropriate and culturally relevant diagnostic tools. The standard diagnostic interview tool (ADI-R) translated into Spanish lacks the sensitivity and specificity of the original version used with native English speakers, and is expensive and time-intensive to administer.

Dr. Brumback will test the efficacy of a new tool, the Criteria Diagnostic Interview (CRIDI-ASD/DSM-5), which was developed in Latin America, as a culturally relevant and language-appropriate tool for ASD diagnosis for Latino families in the United States. If validated in the US, CRIDI has the potential to rapidly become a widely used assessment tool for clinicians to diagnose ASD in Latino children.

Dr. Brumback is a pediatric neurologist and assistant professor in neurology and pediatrics at the University of Texas at Austin.

This research is funded by the American Brain Foundation, in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology.