Patricia K. Zemantic, PhD, BCBA-D

integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD)Patricia K. Zemantic, PhD, BCBA-D
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: 402-559-0049

Professional Summary

Patricia K. Zemantic, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) and Interim Director of the Autism Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Zemantic received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization mental health from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008. From 2009 to 2012, she worked as a behavior therapist in Connecticut Public Schools through the Institute of Professional Practice. There she provided behavioral services to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She completed an APPIC approved pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, during which time she worked in the Early Intervention Program and the Autism Diagnostic Clinic. She completed her graduate training at the University of Oregon, where she earned a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in school psychology.

Dr. Zemantic currently works across several programs within the iCASD – including the Early Intervention Program, Autism Diagnostic Clinic and the Behavior and Learning Interventions for Neurodiverse Kids (BLINK) Program. She also helped design the CARE program. CARE is an interdisciplinary psychoeducation program for caregivers of children with ASD that describes ASD and relevant interventions. CARE is now available online in Spanish and English. Her clinical work includes the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, early intensive behavioral interventions, and caregiver training.

Her newest projects include BLINK and an online adaptation of the CARE program in Spanish and English. Dr. Zemantic partnered with Dr. Whitney Strong-Bak, along with several faculty members in the Psychology Program, to design and implement the BLINK program, which is a brief caregiver training program delivered via telehealth to help caregivers learn strategies to address problem behavior at home and promote a variety of skills.

Specialty Certifications

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Courses Taught

Supervised College Teaching Assistant*
Graduate Teaching Fellow**

Research Interests and Projects

Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)

Professional Affiliations