Courtney Burnette, PhD

integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD)Courtney Burnette, PhD
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: 402-559-6418

Professional Summary

Courtney Burnette, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is the inaugural director of the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) and the inaugural Yale Family Endowed Chair. Prior to moving to Omaha, Dr. Burnette was an associate professor and the director of the Clinical Evaluation Services Unit at the Center for Development and Disability at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. She also served as a faculty member in the department of pediatrics at UNM in Albuquerque, NM from October 2010 until July 2019. Prior to that time, she was an assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Burnette specializes in differential diagnosis of children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder, as well as early screening practices to identify young children at-risk for this diagnosis. She is an independent trainer on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) and trains clinicians across the country how to use this instrument as part of a best-practice evaluation. She is also a trainer on the Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT), which is an interactive screening instrument to determine a young child’s risk for the diagnosis.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, Oklahoma City, OK, 2007
PhD, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 2006
MS, Clinical Psychology, Specialization in Children and Families, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL   
B.A., Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular concentration, Johns Hopkins University, 1998

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