Gail Fox Adams, Brief Biography

Gail Fox Adams

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles.

Bio: Gail Fox Adams is a doctoral student of applied linguistics at UCLA, a research assistant at the UCLA Center for Culture and Health, and a trainee of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development.  She has a master's degree in linguistics, bachelors' degrees in English literature and Spanish, and experience managing and teaching in community-based literacy programs. Adams uses sociocultural approaches to study pedagogical and therapeutic interactions, especially in terms of language acquisition, language socialization and wellness. The focus of her dissertation is how therapists teach social interaction as a pathway to language use for minimally-verbal boys with autism.



Publications Relating to Autism

2012    Bromley, E., Adams, G.F. [second author], Brekke, J.S. A method for linking naturalistic behaviors to research constructs of neurocognition in schizophrenia. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 24(1): 125-140.

2012    Adams, G.F. Videotape analysis studies. In Volkmar, F.R. Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer Online Press. URL:

2013    Dean, M., Adams, G.F. [co-author] & Kasari, C. How narrative difficulties build peer rejection:  A discourse analysis of a girl with autism and her female peers. Discourse Studies, 15(2): 147-166.

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