Therese Mathews, PhD, APRN-NP, BCBA-D

Associate Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Omaha Division
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330

Phone: 402-559-6633



  • 1990, MSN, UM@KC
  • 2007, PhD, Kansas


Dr. Mathews is an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Mathews received her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE; her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her doctoral degree in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Mathews clinical specialty is child and adolescent psychiatric mental health nursing. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Mathews joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2008.

Research Interests

  • Generalization and maintenance of social skills in children with autism
  • Peer mentoring and modeling


Mathews, T. L., King, M. L., Kupzyk, K., & Lake, C. (2014). Findings and implications of developmental screening for high risk children referred to a tertiary developmental disability center. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28, 507-515.

King, M. L., Takeguchi, K., Barry, S. E., Rehfeldt, R. A. & Mathews, T. L., (2014). Evaluation of the iPad in the acquisition of requesting skills for children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 8, 1107-1120.

Dogan, R. D., Warzak, W., Mathews, T.L., King, M. L., Fischetti, A., & Jostad, C. (2015). Parent-implemented behavioral skills training of social skills. Accepted with revisions Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.


Dr. Mathews provides clinical services to children and adolescent with developmental and behavioral disorders at the Munroe Meyer Institute.

She also is involved in advocacy in increasing access to care for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders.


Dr. Mathews received the March of Dimes Academic Excellence award in 2015.