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

Recent Publications

Predictors of Caregiver Strain for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(2020 Nov 5)
J Autism Dev Disord
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

Anxiety in 3- to 7-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder seeking treatment for disruptive behavior.
(2020 Feb)
Autism 24(2): 400-410
Sukhodolsky DG, Lecavalier L, Johnson C, Smith T, Swiezy N, Bearss K, Kalvin CB, Scahill L

Development of the Parent-Rated Anxiety Scale for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(2019 Sep)
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 58(9): 887-896.e2
Scahill L, Lecavalier L, Schultz RT, Evans AN, Maddox B, Pritchett J, Herrington J, Gillespie S, Miller J, Amoss RT, Aman MG, Bearss K, Gadow K, Edwards MC

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