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

Accessible, Equitable, and Personalized Care for Autistic Individuals.
(2022 Sep 3)
J Clin Med 11(17):
Bearss K, Kim SJ, Locke J

Parent-Implemented Positive Behavior Support Strategies for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Pilot Investigation.
(2022 May 11)
J Speech Lang Hear Res 65(5): 1921-1938
Hampton LH, Stern YS, Fipp-Rosenfield H, Bearss K, Roberts MY

Iterative redesign of a caregiver-mediated intervention for use in educational settings.
(2022 Apr)
Autism 26(3): 666-677
Bearss K, Tagavi D, Lyon AR, Locke J

Direct observation in a large-scale randomized trial of parent training in children with autism spectrum disorder and disruptive behavior.
(2021 Nov)
Res Autism Spectr Disord 89():
Swiezy N, Smith T, Johnson CR, Bearss K, Lecavalier L, Drill R, Warner D, Deng Y, Xu Y, Dziura J, Handen B, Scahill L

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

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