Karen Bearss, PhD

Personal Statement

My work focuses on parenting interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring disruptive behaviors, as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments into community mental health centers. At UW, I work at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center where I am involved in the implementation of evidence-based parenting interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Clinical pursuits include overseeing multidisciplinary evaluations for young children with ASD and related disorders.


PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, University of Florida, 1999-2004
MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, 1997-1999
BS, Psychology, University of Florida, 1992-1996

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Autism Center
Training Clinic

Recent Publications

Using Parent Target Problem Narratives to Evaluate Outcomes in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(2021 Nov)
Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol 49(11): 1527-1535
Sheridan E, Gillespie S, Johnson CR, Lecavalier L, Smith T, Swiezy N, Turner K, Pritchett J, Mruzek DW, Evans AN, Bearss K, Scahill L

Characterizing Available Tools for Synchronous Virtual Assessment of Toddlers with Suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Brief Report.
(2021 Feb 19)
J Autism Dev Disord
Berger NI, Wainer AL, Kuhn J, Bearss K, Attar S, Carter AS, Ibanez LV, Ingersoll BR, Neiderman H, Scott S, Stone WL

Predictors of Caregiver Strain for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(2021 Sep)
J Autism Dev Disord 51(9): 3039-3049
Bradshaw J, Gillespie S, McCracken C, King BH, McCracken JT, Johnson CR, Lecavalier L, Smith T, Swiezy N, Bearss K, Sikich L, Donnelly C, Hollander E, McDougle CJ, Scahill L

Reliability and validity of the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale modified for autism spectrum disorder.
(2020 Oct)
Autism 24(7): 1773-1782
Maddox BB, Lecavalier L, Miller JS, Pritchett J, Hollway J, White SW, Gillespie S, Evans AN, Schultz RT, Herrington JD, Bearss K, Scahill L

Feasibility of Group Parent Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Disruptive Behavior: A Demonstration Pilot.
(2020 Nov)
J Autism Dev Disord 50(11): 3883-3894
Burrell TL, Postorino V, Scahill L, Rea HM, Gillespie S, Evans AN, Bearss K

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